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Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Teacher and Rebel Buddha author Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche has been a frequent contributor to the Shambhala Sun's magazine and blog. Browse them here.

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche in the Shambhala Sun

What the Buddha Taught

The Buddha offered a progression of teachings appropriate to people's different spiritual needs. Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche outlines the three turnings of the wheel of dharma.

Meditation: Catch and Release

"Catch your thoughts and release them. You don’t need to bang them on the head and try to kill them before throwing them back. You can just acknowledge each thought and then let it go."

The "Rebel Buddha" within

Read "A Rebel Within," "Getting to Know Your Mind," "Two Aspects of the Mind, " and "Stuck in the Conceptual World" — from Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche’s article in the January 2011 Shambhala Sun magazine.

Erring and Erring, We Walk the Unerring Path

If we use them as opportunities to work with our mind, all our mistakes, confusion, and difficulties become an unerring path of awakening. This is the essence, says Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, of the Buddha’s wisdom for difficult times.

This Very Mind, Empty and Luminous

We can see awakening in the world around us, but we can also turn the telescope inward and look directly at our mind. In the Vajrayana school of Buddhism, we discover that this very mind is the mind of the Buddha, and what we’ve been searching for so long has been right in front of us all the time.

The Wisdom of the Body & The Search for the Self

From the impermanent to the heroic to the sacred — Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche on how the view of body changes and evolves in the three vehicles of Buddhism.

Finding Your Buffalo

"What you are looking for is your own happiness, peace of mind, and enlightened nature. You may find someone else’s version of it, but it is not the same as finding your own."

Resting the Busy Mind

How do we rest and relax our minds? There are a number of things that can help. Meditation is one of the best.

Shambhala Sun Audio: Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche discusses mindfulness, love, and relationship at a special Shambhala Sun "What the Buddhists Teach" weekend.

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