What an amazing interview with Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche about his new book entitled “Living Fully“. The essence of the Rinpoche’s book is the importance of each breath and the life force and joy in each breath.
Now I am aware that at the pace we move in the Western world, understanding the importance of our breath is so essential; but really how many of us pay attention to our breath or are aware of the gift of each breath. When you distill the message of this book into these terms and the simplicity of what we all take for granted you begin to see the beauty and transformational power within the message of “Living Fully”.
As Rinpoche state in “Living Fully” “Whether we realize it or not, our deepest aspiration is to experience the richness and fullness of our being in every moment. Each of us has the capacity to live fully, but how do we recognize our potential? ” In my interview with Rinpoche we discuss the many desires and attachment we have to the physical world and how these desires and attachments really are not bringing us happiness and joy and distract us from “Living Fully“.
Happiness and joy are fulfilled when we look deep inside and content with who we are regardless of all of our worldly possessions. As Rinpoche mentions in “Living Fully” instant pleasure is not the true way to enjoy our freedom. When we know how to surrender, we can truly appreciate our freedom. This ability to surrender comes from a disciplined approach to life. Surrender is not submitting to a higher authority, like an army recruit saluting a drill sergeant. Rather, we surrender when we give up trying to satisfy all of our hopes and expectations.
If we abandon our efforts to fabricate a “perfect” world, we all experience genuine freedom that is not corrupted by endless craving or something better. Understanding the philosophy and practice of the Buddhist way is quite simple. Finding our essence of our precious human nature is learning how to live in the moment, enjoying each and every breath and the joy that it brings.
While this might sound like utopia, because we are all aware the plethora of distractions our material world brings, it would certainly be nice to not just capture these moments but to become one with them permanently without programming our brains to remember how to remember what it feels like.
So if you are so inclined and want to learn from a master then I would recommend that you read and emerse yourself in the teaching of Rinpoche. His new book is delightful, and something all of us in the Western world need to become more aware of how important the aspect of something as automatic as our breath teaches us about the joys of life.
If you would like to learn more about the book click here to be directed to the Rinpoche’s website or listen to a YouTube interview with the publisher Marc Allen at New World Library by clicking. here. Enjoy this great and inspirational interview with a wonderfully compassionate man.