Healing Pain: Two New Series of Free Online Teachings
On five consecutive Thursdays beginning May 10, 2018, join Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche for two new series of Facebook Live broadcasts. Each Thursday, two live sessions will be offered:
1 p.m. New York time: “Healing Pain Through Meditation.” A brief teaching followed by a deep, guided meditation for easing physical or emotional pain
1:40 p.m. New York time: “Beyond the Pain Identity: Connecting with the Five Wisdoms.” A teaching and guided meditation on one of the Five Wisdoms
These teachings are part of Rinpoche’s ongoing series of TWR LIVE Pith Instructions. Real-time translation is available in multiple languages.
ABOUT THE TEACHINGS
1 p.m.: Healing Pain Through Meditation
A normal reaction to pain is to deny it or view it as something bad, but this tends to only worsen the discomfort. In five free, weekly Facebook Live broadcasts, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche guides you in a series of healing meditations that can help ease physical or emotional pain by giving it loving attention, letting it be, and allowing it to naturally express itself. As pain dissolves, you can discover a new space within that is clearer and more connected, comfortable, and joyful.
Rinpoche invites you to bring to each session any physical or emotional discomfort you would like to address and transform. This meditation practice is based on ancient teachings of dzogchen from the Tibetan Bön Buddhist tradition. Rinpoche teaches the practice in his “Healing From the Source” online workshop through GlideWing.com. A recent study of workshop participants found that physical and emotional pain were reduced by more than one-third after three weeks, with the effects persisting after the workshop.
The online sessions are scheduled for 1 p.m. New York time on May 10, 17, 24, and 31; and June 7.
More information: The True Source of Healing: How the Ancient Tibetan Practice of Soul Retrieval Can Transform and Enrich Your Life, by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
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1:40 p.m.: Beyond the Pain Identity: Connecting with the Five Wisdoms
According to the ancient Tibetan Bön teachings, wisdom is a state of open awareness that is absent of ego-identity, or the mistaken belief in one’s own inherent existence. The teachings further describe wisdom according to five characteristic aspects known as the five wisdoms. In each of five sessions at 1:40 p.m. New York time, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche will explain one of the five wisdoms and guide a meditation that helps you to connect with its essence. The five are:
The wisdom of emptiness (May 10)—the wisdom that realizes the empty, illusory nature of all experience.
Mirrorlike wisdom (May 17)—the wisdom that recognizes the clear, unobscured, and unchanging reflective quality of the base.
The wisdom of equanimity (May 24)—the wisdom that realizes form and space are in equipoise.
Discriminating wisdom (May 31)—the wisdom that realizes every phenomenon as being clear and distinct in itself.
All-accomplishing wisdom (June 7)—the wisdom that realizes all phenomena are spontaneously, effortlessly, and naturally perfected in the base of self-arising wisdom.
Self-Guided Meditation: Healing Pain Through Meditation
For best results, devote at least 30 minutes a day to this healing meditation. Its focus is on healing physical pain, but the same approach can be used for working with emotional pain.
Sit comfortably with legs crossed, spine straight, and chest open; or, choose any upright position that is comfortable. Allow your body to relax. Draw your attention inward.
Feel the stillness in your body. Connect with that stillness and rest in it. Gradually feel and be aware of inner stillness, the stillness of being. Through that inner stillness, be aware of unbounded sacred space.
Listen and hear the silence within. Feel and connect with the inner silence. Allow yourself to rest deeply in it. As you rest, connect with the presence of awareness.
Bring your attention to the space within and around your heart. Connect with the spaciousness and become like the open sky. Be aware of the warmth that is naturally present. Allow this warmth to emerge fully. This is the warmth of the union of openness and awareness.
Now gradually draw your attention to the specific area of your body where you experience any blockage, discomfort, pain, or sickness. Bring your attention to that location with loving-kindness and care, as a healer would attend to a patient, or a loving mother would comfort her child. Your physical pain or illness needs the warmth of loving-kindness and care. Through your attention, you bring the healing power of openness, connectedness, and warmth to your body where it is needed. Allow time to feel this.
Now shift your focus to the center of your affliction. As you rest in stillness, be aware of the unbounded sacred space that begins to come alive in the physical location of your affliction. This sense of opening can not only unblock and clear the pain but also dissolve the producer of the pain, the pain identity that has been avoiding, clinging to, or disconnecting from the pain on a very subtle level. Allow this powerful opening.
Now, within the deep silence the light of awareness arises. Your pain, blockage, or sickness is alive with awareness. Experience the pure light of awareness radiating throughout this space. Feel your darkness, pain, and sickness clearing.
As you connect deeply with the warmth of the union of openness and awareness, bring this warmth to the space within and around your pain, discomfort, or blockage. Just as when the sun shines, and its warmth begins to melt the frost on a window, when you rest in open awareness the genuine warmth of connection begins to restructure pain and sickness. Your awareness of the warmth activates the process of physical healing. Allow this energetic healing response. Rest in the healing warmth for as long as it remains.
Dedicate your practice to the welfare of others, particularly those who are experiencing pain, with the thought: In liberating my own being, may I benefit others.
Adapted from The True Source of Healing, by Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. Hay House, 2015
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