Understanding how our actions, words, and thoughts interact enhances our ability to progress in spiritual practice and brings us closer to self-realization. In a warm, informal style Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche opens up Tibetan meditation practice to both beginners and experienced students, placing as much emphasis on practice as on knowledge. Depending on the sources of the problems in our lives, he offers practices that work with the body, speech, or the mind—a collection of Tibetan yoga exercises, visualizations, sacred sound practices, and spacious meditations on the nature of mind. Together, he says, knowledge and regular meditation practice can alter our self-image and lead to a lighter, more joyful sense of being. The stillness of the body, the silence of speech, and the spacious awareness of mind are the true three doors to enlightenment.
“In clear and lucid language, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche offers an amazingly rich array of traditional practices which, when practiced with a skilled teacher, can powerfully transform body, speech, and mind.”—Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart
“Traditional as well as innovative, this book—a complement to his other work and also outstanding on its own—opens to supremely important narratives, descriptions, and exercises to introduce us most deeply to our own bodies.”—Anne Carolyn Klein, author of Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse: A Story of Transmission
“Rinpoche does a great service in making these ancient and powerful teachings available to all of us. This insightful and practical book is an invaluable resource.”—Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness
“With integrity and deep fidelity to these pinnacle teachings, Tenzin Wangyal shows us in very practical ways how we can touch our own depths and unlock the peace, confidence, warmth, and joy that lie within us all just beneath the surface.”—Reginald Ray, author of Touching Enlightenment
“Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche’s latest book gives readers practical exercises from the Tibetan Bön tradition for working with and transforming what he calls ‘pain body,’ ‘pain speech,’ and ‘pain mind.’ Treating each of these distinct domains of the individual as a whole, the author introduces practices of physical movement for the body, healing sounds and mantra for the speech, and visualizations and breathing techniques for the mind. This is done with a delicate balance of Bön Dzogchen technical terms such as the ‘body of light’ and ‘nine pranas’ juxtaposed with the author’s anecdotes and analogies. For instance, Tenzin Wangyal writes how Micky Rourke’s character Randy ‘The Ram’ in the film The Wrestler exemplifies someone characterized by the ‘pain body.’ The book contains numerous instructive photos, tables, and figures.”—Buddhadharma