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Living Fully
Authors : Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche

Living Fully

with Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche

"Why do we seem to be constantly restless, perpetually seeking, never satisfied? It does not have to be this way."
— Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche

Shyalpa Tenzin RinpocheHis Eminence Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche is the spiritual guide of Shyalpa Monastery in Kathmandu, the founder of the Tibetan Refugee Children's Fund, and the heard of Ranging Yeshe, Inc., a nonprofit that organizes teachings and retreats throughout the United States. Buddhafield, in Millerton, NY, is the future site of the Center for Enlightenment and Rinpoche's seat in the US. He has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Wesleyan, and the Naropa Institute. He lives in Nepal and New York.

Living Fully Excerpts

The following excerpts are from the book LIVING FULLY: Finding Joy in Every Breath ©2012 by Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche. Printed with permission from New World Library,

Not Clinging to Any Point of View
By Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche
The tradition of the Great Perfection holds the utmost respect for each individual's pure, innate nature.

Free From The Notion of Self
By Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche
Being genuine, which means being true to who we are, is possible only when we are free from the illusion of an independently existent self.

Living Fully: Finding Joy in Every Breath Introduction
By Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche
The most amazing and sublime beings excel in living fully and never seem to dwell in the past.

"In Living Fully: Finding Joy in Every Breath Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche celebrates Buddhist philosophy and tradition, showing how these centuries old practices help people find meaning and satisfaction by living each moment fully — accepting life as it is rather than continuing to chase things that have failed them in the past." — New World Library


The inspiring themes that Living Fully presents include intentions, honesty, wakefulness, simplicity, karma, and meditation. Rinpoche says:

"It is best to begin every activity by examining our motivation."

"You cannot be completely honest with others unless you are willing to take an honest look at yourself."

"Wakefulness is living unconditionally and utilizing every moment of your life in a meaningful way."

"Chasing every whim and satisfying every desire makes it impossible to live fully."

"Our actions determine our Karma by planting seeds that ripen now or at some time in the future."

"Meditation is not just for relaxation; its primary purpose is to develop the capacity to respond skillfully and gracefully to life's difficulties as well as its joys."

Updated 1/20/14