About Yoga & Meditation – 43. About Meditation with Kalu Rinpoche (36 min) – Aug 12, 2021
Host: So welcome to our podcast about yoga and meditation, hosted by Sheila and me, Magnus, and today we’re very honoured to have a guest with us from Berlin, over a zoom link. It’s Kalu Rinpoche. Kalu Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist teacher, and is a lineage head of the Shangpa Kagyu tradition. Kalu Rinpoche completed a three year retreat in 2008, and continues unbroken transmission of the Shangpa Kagyu lineage.
And we will talk with Kalu Rinpoche today about meditation, Buddhism, how to get started with meditation and how to keep it going in our everyday life.
First of all, I want to say welcome, Kalu Rinpoche. Yes, welcome.
Kalu Rinpoche: Thank you, thank you for inviting me.
Host: We talk to very different types of people about yoga and meditation, and the people who listen to this podcast know us, and we practice both yoga and meditation in different levels, and we haven’t really ever spoken to anybody like you, so we’re delighted to hear what you think about Buddhism and mindfulness in general.
We normally guide a meditation, but we think that you should do it because you are obviously the expert.
Kalu Rinpoche: First of all, tashi delek to our audience and our host, and thank you for inviting me for this zoom platform, and then, so that I could share my personal experience.
So as it is requested by our host to talk little bit about meditation, giving a guidance about meditation and mindfulness. I think the most important part that we need to understand is the right intention, I think that’s very important. Many of us, when we search of different religious world, spiritual world, meditative world, whichever the category may be. If you have a strong drive for escapism, and then that’s one thing that you have to slow it down little bit.
Because whether you are meditator or practitioner, or whatever you call yourself, I think the most important is always being connected with the relative truth. That’s very important. If you are trying to reach beyond the relative truth and trying to meditate out of your mind, and it will stay as out of your mind. There’s no foundation, there’s no concrete result over time. So the right perception, and the right intention is very important.
Because of course, Buddhism and then all the mindfulness, this approach, it’s been there for the last 35 years, 40 years. Basically, it’s not something very, very new, but at the same time, people are still trying to explore. So that’s why I find it very important to just give a short introduction about that particular part, before I start giving a guidance, so that you have the right understanding.
To be continued…