Abiding in Serenity


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nicoleann's picture

I have not been taking the time to stop every day like I need to. It has really been catching up with me lately. This video was a good reminder of something so simple that is so easy to get away from for me if I am not mindful of it. Thank you. Your communication is very good, clear and always helpful to me. I hope you will be offering more retreats on Tricycle.

bmw's picture

Greetings...and thanks, I've been working on developing a meditation practice on and off for years now. Your approach, not to mention your own obvious sense of calm inspires me to keep working at it. Thank you.

dawnmariecrass's picture

You made reference to mental illness. I suppose that any separation may be considered a menal illness?
Would you please say more about this? In my contact with persons deemed mentally ill i see the presence of experiences common to all of us only extreme. Very extreme. Anger is always huge and overwhelming. How can this be effected in practice? Mentally ill do fight the devil and are the quintisential dragon with his tail in his mouth.

nicoleann's picture

I have spent time around seriously mentally afflicted people as well. I like how you said their experiences are common to all us ours, only extreme. That was a good way of saying it. I have witnessed extreme paranoia in a couple of friends that are seriously afflicted with different mental illness. It is sad to observe. Our emotions can be so difficult to tame when we are grounded with good faculties. It breaks my heart to watch those with lesser faculties try to tame those emotions.

lac35ster's picture

As a mother of small children I often feel like I have no time to myself. These words encourage me, that if I can etch out five or ten minutes, or even just pause during our often hectic day and bring my mind to my breath, I can find a little bit of peace to help us through the hecticness. I also like thinking about having faith in the possibility of Nirvana. I had never thought of it that way.

Cee's picture

I can completely relate. As a working mother of a small child i oftrn feel like every second is spoken for. This first session has encouraged me to simply pause once in a while during my day. I may even book little pauses in my calendar so that they pop up and remind me. Thank you teacher, I think that this will help me find a little peace.

lynnea.raphael's picture

Dear Rimpoche,

I feel a sincere connection with you and would like to know more about asking that you accept me as a student. The honor and connection I feel is beyond description. Is there a website/center/lineage that I might look into? I have ordered one of your books. Thank you.

iamspoona's picture

Anam it is very nice to receive your guidance. Watching the last 2 sessions you relay a simpleness that resonates with me. What comes up for me from your words and from my deepening practice is that. I have a choice, a freedom to direct my attention/awareness. To to use your metaphor I can swim on the turbulent surface or I can elect to make an effort to dive/delve beneath the turbulent surface and experience greater stillness. That greater stillness or depth has no end to it. Although this so called choice or freedom only becomes or more apparent as I commit to my practice. If I am caught up in the turbulent surface there appears to be no choice. My ability to realize the truth is in direct proportion to time and effort I make to reside beneath the turbulent surface which is also endless in its nature.

Thank You I look forward to hearing your next installment

Gordon Watters
Melbourne, Australia

tusk2112's picture

Namaste, Anam Thubten and Tricycle for providing this insightful retreat. How true it is that life and the mind are like the sea: turbulent on the surface, calm in the depths.

I also have been trying to stop often during every day and just be aware of being in the moment. I enjoyed the description of this as the 'Art of Pausing'. Such a wonderful name for this daily practice.

I am very much looking forward to the rest of this retreat. Thank you.


tinalear's picture

Dearest Anam Thubten! What a joy to see your face again, and hear your teachings. I have just recently renewed my sitting practice, and now I have you to help me with its continuance. When are you coming back to Long Island? I hope you are well and very happy. Thank you for these wonderful teachings.

Anam Thubten's picture

When we go into the calmness, we experience a state of consciousness that is close to the truth. What obscure truth is this internal force known as prapanca in Buddhist Sanskrit. It is called troopa in Tibetan. Troopa has connotation of being exaggerated and elaborated from nothing and such proliferation has no end. In the calmness, there is so much prapanca happening, so we have a chance to see that truth that is not merely a belief system. May we all enjoy the inner calmness!

Pema Gilman's picture

Mahalo nui loa for bringing the Dharma to this much wider audience. Your communication is simple, direct and clear, as always. Your presence IS the transmission of the words you speak. I am forever grateful for your practice reminders.

Anam Thubten's picture

Thank you for the participation. Our spiritual practice is always more than helping ourselves. May our contemplations have the power to change the collective mind! I feel very happy to lead this retreat.

Will.Rowe's picture

I have used morning meditation in my practice for some years, weekly meditation, and occasional meditation at retreats—including two of yours in Little Rock, AR. My daily meditations give me calmness and overall help me to accept life as it is: a very big deal for me. Yet on one level this morning 10-20 minute meditation is more psychological and stress reduction, as you say.
In retreats I have reached a state of Joy, and it is wonderful, but it too is subject to Impermanence and is gone. It seems to me that meditation should not be an escape from life but connect us with life.
Then there is the other thing you mentioned: enlightenment. When I meditate lately, my thoughts are often of others and how I can help them. I am far from a saint and have been quite selfish in the past, but I make progress at last. Do you think something as simple as helping others may be part of Enlightenment?

Anam Thubten's picture

It is quite important to find a time to do longer meditation retreat every now and then. As we all know, modern world demands us to be busy just to survive. There is nothing wrong with it. Yet, practicing dharma in the modern world can be very rich and juicy. These days, there is so much happening in the lives of people that very few want to escape into the caves. At collective level, lots of grand myths are also dissolving. Those myths have been wheedling seekers to abandon world’s ordinariness for the higher ideals.

Perhaps, we are entering a new era where dharma becomes more and more part of our daily life. This shift goes along well with the basic principle of Bodhisattva’s path, which is not to turn one’s back against the world or life, but to embrace it. From this point of view, it would be meaningful to do longer retreat once in awhile but, it is not necessary to do some of those years and years of solitary retreat.

Even 15 minuets mediation everyday can make big difference over time. In one sense, it is short time. In another sense, it helps us keep walking on the spiritual path and to remember what matters the most. In the end, we might be able to go beyond all forms of spiritual practices.

Zoozyq's picture

Thank you for your guidance; I pass my meditation altar many times a day, and I find this a helpful reminder to pause and take a refuge moment or renew a simple vow of non-harming. I appreciate your encouragement and look forward to your next words of wisdom... _/\_

shin's picture

wonderful reminder that, even in the midst of 'disturbance', Awareness itself remains unperturbed. The first glimpse of that can be so life-altering...

in gratitude


sasiotero's picture

Namaste Anam Thubten and thank you for the teachings and your calmness!!!!

mr152's picture

When you say that there are two levels of consciousness, are you saying that they are the ordinary state and an enlightened state? Or, is enlightenment something else?
Thank you.

Anam Thubten's picture

This idea is based on the some of the non-conceptual Buddhist teachings. The two states of mind are awareness and unawareness. We can say that first one is enlightened. Personally, I think it is more accurate and less misleading to talk about being enlightened in context mind instead of person. There is an enlightened mind. It seems natural to have an enlightened mind, whereas trying to be an enlightened person seems to be not natural. Here, being enlightened merely means not to be undeluded, nothing more than that. We can all have the capacity to cultivate that luminous state of mind and live life of freedom.

frank vilaasa's picture

It is a delight to connect with you in this way across the miles.
Your calm presence is also communicated on the screen.
Is shamata similar to zazen?

Anam Thubten's picture

Zazen is the sitting meditation in Zen tradition. Shamata is both the inner calmness and technique for cultivating it. Zazen is perhaps more general than Shamata. In the realm of Zazen, Shamata (calmness) and Prajna(insight) both can unfold. In that sense, Shamata refers to a particular state of mid. Yet, methods of Shamata seems to be included in Zazen practice. I haven’t done Zazen in the Zen tradition since I grew up more in Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Equivalence of Zazen does exit in Tibetan tradition. The single ponied or any other form of concentration can help us to enter the inner stillness.

SebringGator's picture

I just joined today , will I be able to see this retreat again, or was it only on the 9th?

Sam Mowe's picture

Hello! You should be able to watch the retreat video above. New teachings will be available on the next three Mondays. Anam Thubten will be responding to questions throughout the month.

Kind wishes,
Sam Mowe
Associate Editor

Peter L. Albrecht's picture

I have been meditating for some years now, but - as is true, for example, for many sports - I find it extremely valuable to take a refresher in the basics. A good coach, like Anam Thubten, can always help me "improve my game" - which is not a "game", of course. It always helps to be reminded of the value of daily practice - whether it's my forehand, my scales on the piano, or sitting mindful of the breath.

Thank you.

gbechard's picture

Dear Anam Thubten

Thank you for your teaching. Your serenity and calmness have touched me deeply. I am looking forward to hearing more from you. Thank you also to Tricycle for allowing me, and many others I'm sure, to have access to such a rich source of information and inspiration which would not be otherwise available due to the remoteness of where I live. I am forever grateful!

worthmoremusic's picture

Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths....thank you as always Anam, for your heartfelt teachings. _/\_

andrew238's picture

Thank you for this sound advice - especially the precious reminder to pause regularly throughout the day. A practice I need to practise :)

Anam Thubten's picture

Dear everyone,

This modern technology is quite amazing. We are able to connect with each other from any distance. Thanks to tricycle to play an important role as catalyst for bringing the dharma to the public. Engaging with dharma of dialogue and reflection in the cyber world should have great impact on our consciousness. We have been witnessing many powerful movement initiated through means of modern communication.

I will be often visiting this website to keep aliveness in our conversation. May we all be awakened again and again by the timeless truth of dharma!

Anam Thubten

beatrice's picture

Dear Anam,
Thank you. Your calmness is inspiring.
I want to be more faithful to meditation.

pmurphycapecod's picture

A wonderful reminder of the simplicity of a daily basic practice - I appreciate this and thank you.

terrawi's picture

Dear Anam Thubten ~
Gratitude for your clear-as-light teaching and your profound embodiment of it. Also for reminding us that the state of calm abiding is our natural state, and that our attention can be brought there not only during formal meditation but throughout our day, as in your "art of pausing." We feel blessed to have you with us!

rcgbeach's picture

Excellent teaching.
Thank you.

neil.cavanagh's picture

What a beautiful voice.- closing my eyes to concentrate on his speech is a medicine in itself. Wonderful!

myers_lloyd's picture

The fruit of meditation before our very eyes: this quiet, potent teacher.