Contemplating his death, I read the following passage composed by Shamar Rinpoche. In simple words he conveys some of the key points of meditation for us, who are just starting with it:
A primary benefit experienced by the practitioner of meditation is the immediate improvement in the conditions of daily life. The practice of meditation leads to a mind that is more peaceful, more tranquil and more at ease. Because the mind is more relaxed, events that usually disturb us seem to take on less importance, and we stop taking them in such a serious way. Likewise, through meditation the mind gradually learns to be independent of external conditions and circumstances. This mind that is unaffected by outer conditions is then able to discover its own stability and tranquility. A stable mind, one that is not disturbed, leads to the experience of less suffering in our lives.
I met Shamar Rinpoche for the first time in 1990 and since then regularly received teachings and empowerments from him. A great loss to us all. And I look back full of gratitude – a great human being and example who gave so much to so many.
Just 10 days before his passing on, Shamar Rinpoche visited Manchester and gave two days of inspirational teachings organised by the Dechen Buddhist Centre in Manchester: see dechen.org
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