Sacred Space: The Practice of Inner Stillness
Sacred Space: The Practice of Inner Stillness
Experience the transcendent peace of sacred space with this powerful meditation by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
Learn to connect with the sacred space that is the inner refuge in all of us. Revered spiritual teacher Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche masterfully guides you inward to feel, connect, and become the inner stillness, releasing anxiety, fears, and confusion. In the sacred space there is a presence, an awareness, a sense of knowing. Discover and feel the presence of joy, warmth, and love in that space, which is your inner wealth. Experience it radiating through your body, speech, and mind in the world, transforming places, situations, and people. Allow it to manifest in the world, bringing balance to the workplace, the family, to all people and places. Repeated use of the meditation will deepen your experience with each listening. Length: 42 minutes.
A note from audio engineer Kevin Cowan on recording this incredible meditation:
It was such an honor to be able to participate with Rinpoche on this project. Our friendship goes back to 2001, at which time we discussed working on a joint recording project, at that time musical in nature. It wouldn’t be until Carol Moore suggested in late 2012 that perhaps he would be ideal to voice a meditation that she had in mind for a Hemi-Sync® release in the coming year that the opportunity to work together would be realized.
I had in mind that it would be best to record him at Serenity Ridge, his headquarters and retreat center, located in close proximity to our office and studio in central Virginia.
When asked what topic he should focus on, our simple response was that he had the world’s ear, and we encouraged him to bring forth the message he felt of importance to impart.
On the day of recording we had a one hour window amidst Ligmincha’s year-end retreat. I quickly set and checked levels. He, set in his chair, wrapped in his robes, put his feet up and asked me to switch the light off.
What is heard in the release of Sacred Space is as it was recorded.
When asked by a mutual friend a couple of days later what his message for the recording was about, he didn’t know! He had simply been the medium through which it had been delivered.
Tenzin Rinpoche was born in Amritsar, India, not long after his parents escaped their Tibetan homeland in 1959 during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. At age 10 Tenzin Rinpoche was ordained as a monk at Menri Monastery near Dolanji, India. There he was recognized by head teacher Lopon Sangye Tenzin Rinpoche as a reincarnation of the famous master Khyung Tul Rinpoche, a renowned meditation master, teacher, scholar and healer who died in the mid-20th century.
From the age of 13 Rinpoche practiced dzogchen under the guidance of masters from both the Bön and Buddhist schools of Tibet, including (from Bön) His Holiness Lungtok Tenpai Nyima, Lopon Sangye Tenzin Rinpoche, Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, and Geshe Yungdrung Namgyal. From his early adolescence until young adulthood, Tenzin Rinpoche was raised like a son by his root teacher Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, today revered as the most senior teacher of the Bön tradition. An accomplished scholar in the Bön Buddhist textual traditions of philosophy, exegesis and debate, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche in 1986 completed an 11-year course of traditional studies at the Bön Dialectic School of Menri Monastery, where he received his geshe degree, equivalent to a doctorate in philosophy from Western universities.
Upon graduating, Tenzin Rinpoche was employed at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives at Dharamsala, India. That same year His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama appointed Rinpoche to be the Bön tradition's representative to the Assembly of Tibetan People's Deputies of the Tibetan-Government-in-Exile.
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche was one of the first to bring the precious Bön teachings to the West. In 1988 he was invited by the dzogchen master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche to teach in Italy, which brought him additional opportunities to teach in other locations throughout Western Europe. In 1991 Tenzin Rinpoche was awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship at Rice University in Houston, Texas, where he continued his research into early Bön tantric deities and their relationship to Buddhist traditions in early Buddhist Tibet. He was awarded a second Rockefeller Fellowship in 1993 when Rice University invited him back to teach during the spring semester.
Since that time Tenzin Rinpoche has chosen to remain in the West to teach the ancient Bön traditions to Western students. In March 1992 Rinpoche founded Ligmincha Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia, a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to preserve for future generations the ancient teachings, arts, sciences, language and literature of Tibet and Zhang Zhung.
In 1994 he received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to pursue research on the logical and philosophical aspects of the Bön tradition. The fruits of that research came with the 2006 publication of the scholarly textUnbounded Wholeness: Dzogchen, Bön and the Logic of the Nonconceptual (Oxford University Press, 2006), written in collaboration with Anne Carolyn Klein, chair of religious studies at Rice. Also in 1994 Tenzin Rinpoche appeared on the Discovery Channel, where he explained the principles involved in Tibetan dream yoga practice as one segment of a three-part series entitled "The Power of Dreams."
In 1998 Rinpoche established the Serenity Ridge Retreat Center amid the mountains of Nelson County, Virginia, 30 minutes south of Charlottesville.
In spring 2004 Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche married Tsering Wangmo, sister of Lama Khyimsar Rinpoche (lineage holder of the Bön monasteries Pungmo Gon and Lhari Nyiphug in Tibet and founder of the Tibetan Yungdrung Bön Institute, United Kingdom). In fall 2005 their son, Senghe, was born. The Wangyal family currently resides in California in the San Francisco Bay area.
Today Rinpoche continues his dedicated efforts to preserve the Bön Buddhist tradition through establishing centers and groups worldwide, through translating and publishing texts, and through teaching Bön as an authentic, living tradition to Western students around the world. In 2006 during the European summer retreat in Buchenau, Germany, Rinpoche announced the creation of Lishu Institute, a school near Dehra Dun, India, where Western students will be able to continue and deepen their knowledge and experience of the ancient teachings and practices of Bön.
To learn more, please visit the Ligmincha International website at www.ligmincha.org.
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