Living Fully Finding Joy in Every Breath

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  • Copyright: 2012-01-24
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We all aspire to live fully and freely in the moment. In Living Fully, Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche reveals timeless wisdom that can help us fulfill this deepest aspiration. Each succinct teaching is a luminous jewel, an invaluable guide to actualizing our innate potential and breathing with joy and ease. Today, with so many struggling with financial, relationship, and career challenges, Living Fully: Finding Joy in Every Breath is a timely prescription. Rinpoche offers the tools we need to experience genuine inner freedom, uncorrupted by endless craving for something better. Topics include beginning with a pure motivation, the preciousness of breath, healing oneself and others, the essence of meditation, and spontaneous fulfillment. Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche has written the book that our troubled age has been yearning for. It is a treasure trove of heartfelt advice on how to seize the moment and live with kindness and understanding. Rinpoche’s teachings gently beckon us home to the purity and simplicity of our true nature. At peace with ourselves and at ease with the world, we can discover what it means to live our lives fully.

Author Biography

Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche is the founder of Ranging Yeshe Inc., a nonprofit that preserves Tibetan Buddhist teachings, and of the Tibetan Refugee Children’s Fund. He has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Wesleyan, and the Naropa Institute. He divides his time between Nepal and New York City.

Table of Contents

Editor's Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
Living Fully
Natural Freedomp. 9
Living Nakedlyp. 11
The True Purpose of Beingp. 13
Genuine Satisfactionp. 15
The Intelligent Way to Begin
The First Stepp. 19
Kindhearted Intentionsp. 21
Unlock the Chains of Self-Cherishingp. 23
A Daily Prayerp. 25
Innate Intelligencep. 27
The Spiritual Journey Is Our Journeyp. 29
The Qualities We Nurture
Honestyp. 33
Sincerityp. 39
Respectp. 41
Generosityp. 43
Simplicityp. 45
Opennessp. 47
Confidencep. 49
This Precious Moment
Being Present in the Breathp. 53
Precious Human Birthp. 55
Cherish Lifep. 59
Priceless Breathp. 61
Whatever Arises Ceases
Embracing Changep. 65
The Supreme Meditationp. 69
Just a Short Stayp. 73
Identity Crisis
Territorial Selfp. 77
Shattering Attachmentp. 79
Free from the Notion of Selfp. 81
Discovering the True Selfp. 85
Facing Obstacles and Obscurations
Beyond Fixationp. 89
Look to the Sourcep. 91
Dissolving Emotional Afflictionsp. 95
Conquering Your Enemiesp. 101
Sowing Seeds and Reaping Results
The Unfailing Law of Karmap. 105
Going Around in Circlesp. 109
Confronting Chaosp. 111
Fine-Tuningp. 113
Perfect Freedom
Free from Dualityp. 117
Remember the Perfect Momentp. 119
Spontaneous Fulfillmentp. 121
The Grass Isn't Greenerp. 123
Nonattachmentp. 125
Turn Toward Freedomp. 127
What Is Self-Liberation?p. 129
Not Clinging to Any Point of Viewp. 131
Meditation as a Way of Life
Meditation Is Necessaryp. 135
Learning to Focus: A Basic Meditationp. 137
Practice All the Timep. 141
The Three Sublime Practicesp. 143
Breathing Meditation: Hello and Goodbyep. 145
Nonmeditation Is the Ultimate Meditationp. 147
Practicing on the Path
Nothing Is Workingp. 151
This Is a Fantasyp. 155
To Follow the Buddhap. 159
Your Highest Standardp. 161
Coming and Goingp. 163
Point Your Finger Inwardp. 165
Accumulating Merit and Wisdomp. 169
A Savings Account for All Beingsp. 171
The Compassionate Heart
The Four Boundless Qualitiesp. 175
A Pure Heartp. 181
Birth of the Compassionate Heartp. 183
The Profound Meaning of Compassionp. 185
Healing Self and Othersp. 187
The Bodhisattva's Wayp. 189
The Essence of Mind
The Hidden Jewelp. 193
Ocean of Wisdomp. 195
The Nature of Thoughtp. I97
Like a Riverp. 199
The Primordial Mirrorp. 201
Guidance of the Teacher
Blessings of the Lineagep. 207
The Need for a Teacherp. 209
Respect and Appreciationp. 211
Unconditional Kindness of the Masterp. 213
The Teacher Is Everywherep. 217
Gesture of Devotionp. 219
Luminous Teacherp. 221
Looking for Heavenp. 227
In the Face of Uncertaintyp. 229
Look Inside the Fearp. 231
Fearlessness and the Viewp. 233
Abundant Wealth
Like a Small Flowerp. 239
On an Island of Goldp. 241
Ceaseless Flow of Nectarp. 243
In the Presence of the Masterp. 245
Understandingp. 247
Afterword: Questions about Love, Work, and Life with Shyalpa Rinpochep. 249
Glossaryp. 257
Indexp. 263
About the Authorp. 273
About Shyalpa Rinpoche's Centers and Projectsp. 275
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