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You let your motivation shine, and other people are attracted to your passion and commitment.
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into a Bar . . .: A Guide to Life for a New Generation)
It is the fact that we long for what we don’t have, and that makes us unhappy. It is the fact that when we get what we longed for, we’re already thinking about something new that could entertain us.
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into a Bar . . .: A Guide to Life for a New Generation)
Patience from a Buddhist perspective is not a "wait and see" attitude, but rather one of "just be there"... Patience can also be based on not expecting anything.Think of patience as an act of being open to whatever comes your way. When you begin to solidify expectations, you get frustrated because they are not met in the way you had hoped... With no set idea of how something is supposed to be, it is hard to get stuck on things not happening in the time frame you desired. Instead, you are just being there, open to the possibilities of your life.
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into a Bar...: A Guide to Life for a New Generation)
So much of our pain comes from looking at our life in a “me” versus “the world” mentality.
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into a Bar . . .: A Guide to Life for a New Generation)
buddha nature, or basic goodness.
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into a Bar . . .: A Guide to Life for a New Generation)
Knowing your intention is key in all things.
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into the Office: A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation)
If you can smile in the face of uncertainty, you are well trained.
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into the Office: A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation)
One of the beautiful things about Buddhism is that it does not worship Buddha as a god or deity, but instead celebrates the Buddha as an example of a normal person like you and me who applied a good deal of discipline and gentleness to his meditation practice, and ended up opening his mind and heart in a very big way.
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into a Bar . . .: A Guide to Life for a New Generation)
The Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche once pointed out, “If you put one hundred percent of your heart into facing yourself, then you connect with this unconditional goodness. Whereas, if you only put fifty percent into the situation, you are trying to bargain with the situation, and nothing very much will happen.
Lodro Rinzler (Walk Like a Buddha: Even if Your Boss Sucks, Your Ex Is Torturing You, and You're Hungover Again)
Many internal story lines are not rooted in our basic sanity or wisdom, but rather in our confusion.
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into a Bar . . .: A Guide to Life for a New Generation)
If you are constantly solidifying strong opinions and expectations, it is just as if you are sticking an arrow in your eye.
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into a Bar . . .: A Guide to Life for a New Generation)
That is the purpose of meditation practice: to become more present and aware of every aspect of our life.
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into the Office: A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation)
With care and consideration of your partner, falling in love does not have to be such a roller coaster; we just have to learn to handle our expectations.
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into a Bar...: A Guide to Life for a New Generation)
I can’t overestimate the importance of accepting ourselves exactly as we are right now, not as we wish we were or think we ought to be.”8
Lodro Rinzler (Walk Like a Buddha: Even if Your Boss Sucks, Your Ex Is Torturing You, and You're Hungover Again)
Here’s the messed up thing: most of us take our ever-changing self and partner it to another ever-changing being, entering into an ever-changing romantic relationship, and think that all three of those things are supposed to come together in a way that is permanent and stable. It’s like multiplying impermanence times three and thinking we’re going to find everlasting happiness. In some sense, it’s foolish of us to think that we will go out and meet “the one” and will live happily ever after, based on how much everything morphs over time.
Lodro Rinzler (Love Hurts: Buddhist Advice for the Heartbroken)
You may not have spent years meditating or received instruction from all the best teachers in all the various philosophical schools. That does not mean you can’t open your heart to the world and make a difference. You don’t have to wait until you’re enlightened. You don’t have to ask anyone’s permission. You just have to offer yourself, as you are, and allow your vulnerable heart to transform the world.
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into a Bar . . .: A Guide to Life for a New Generation)
There is a fine line between being selfish—when your motivation is to do anything possible to make sure you come out on top—and taking care of yourself so you can be of assistance to others. You have to take care of yourself, or you can’t continue to be helpful to others.
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into the Office: A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation)
One way to think of this dignity is to equate when you are on the path with unraveling a ball of yarn. You have wound your sense of self so tightly that it's hard to be anything other than you, a big ball of yarn. That's just who you are, not string, or threads, but a ball of yarn.
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into a Bar...: A Guide to Life for a New Generation)
Meditation is practiced by traditions all over the world. It is not a Buddhist practice per se, or even a religious practice, and has existed for centuries. The only reason you and I ought to practice meditation is because our friend Sid used it as a tool to discover his innate wisdom, and lived happily ever after as a result. We too can touch the wisdom behind our confusion. We too can look at the display on our movie screen, and see it as illusory. Sid is most commonly
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into a Bar . . .: A Guide to Life for a New Generation)
At the point where you find yourself closing down from communicating openly in a relationship, you have a choice about how you would like to proceed. One way forward is to lay fresh layers of protection around your vulnerable heart. You are dampening the other person’s ability to hurt you, but you are also less able to communicate your own love genuinely. You are essentially preparing yourself for an inevitable breakup. The alternative is loosening up your expectations and reconnecting with that curiosity you were able to offer at the beginning of the relationship. You commit to exploring where you are stuck, where you have put up that protective shielding, and how you can open yourself more to your partner. This is a way to deepen a relationship, by recommitting to applying gentle curiosity toward learning about your lover.
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into a Bar...: A Guide to Life for a New Generation)
Some heartbreak goes away with time. Some just becomes a part of who we are. It shifts and changes over time, but it’s still a part of us.
Lodro Rinzler (Love Hurts: Buddhist Advice for the Heartbroken)
People who are genuinely connected to basic goodness do not go out of their way to throw shade at other people; they try to use their speech to lift other people up.
Lodro Rinzler (Take Back Your Mind: Buddhist Advice for Anxious Times)
Believe it or not, you’re not inherently anxious. You’re inherently whole, good, and kind as is. When we rest in meditation, we discover that underneath the stories we tell ourselves about our anxiety is anxiety itself. When we look at anxiety itself, we realize it’s a hell of a lot more ephemeral than we might have suspected. In fact, underneath the anxiety is innate peace.
Lodro Rinzler (Take Back Your Mind: Buddhist Advice for Anxious Times)
Thus far we have been talking about not getting hooked by strong emotions. The garuda goes beyond that practice, and does not even get hooked by set notions, which in some sense are the wellspring for strong emotions themselves. By training in not solidifying the way you think things ought to be, you are cutting through years of habitual response mechanisms, and beginning to see your discomfort in a more lucid manner.
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into a Bar...: A Guide to Life for a New Generation)
Specifically, for those of you familiar with the various turnings of the wheel of dharma, or the Buddha’s teachings, this is a book that deals with Mahayana teachings, that is, teachings on bringing an open mind and heart to all of our worldly interactions. This is a guidebook to becoming the kind of authentic leader this world needs. I
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into the Office: A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation)
Dudjom Rinpoche has said, “The point of patience is to train so that our altruistic attitude is immovable and irrepressible in the face of those who hurt us with their ingratitude and so forth.
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into the Office: A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation)
The interesting thing all of these people had in common is that they didn’t let their job define who they are. The idea they had stumbled onto is that in searching for happiness, it was not so much a question of what they did as why they did it. Knowing your intention
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into the Office: A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation)
know several people who would never consider such a lofty ambition possible, based on how they were raised. Still, I wished Jess luck and chatted a bit with her to see why she was interested in that path. Later
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into the Office: A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation)
Very few of them had it all figured out, which is a scary state, yet full of possibility. I
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into the Office: A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation)
The Tibetan word for meditation is gom, which can be more literally translated as “become familiar with.
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into the Office: A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation)
Generosity is based in knowing what you are capable of giving, and going just a little beyond that.
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into a Bar...: A Guide to Life for a New Generation)
Bodhisattvas lean into their world and are present enough in the moment that they can do whatever is needed.
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into the Office: A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation)
The Six Ways of Ruling are about being benevolent, true, genuine, fearless, artful, and rejoicing.
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into the Office: A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation)
When you are genuine, you make things easier for others.
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into the Office: A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation)
While it sounds simple enough, many of us don’t take the time to celebrate our lives as fully as we should.
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into the Office: A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation)
Kid, you had a rough day. Everyone has them. And when you do—do what I do—you ask yourself: Anybody’s life better because of what I did today? If the answer’s yes . . . then stop your whining. If not, well, do better tomorrow.
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into the Office: A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation)
The view of leadership in Shambhala Buddhism is that it is a wonderful opportunity to serve others. It may not always feel wonderful; often it includes mind-numbing meetings and facing conflict a dozen times a day. Still, without these boring meetings and strong-minded colleagues, how could we develop all the great Buddhist qualities we want to cultivate?
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into the Office: A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation)
When you feel you want to lean into aggression, I recommend you practice benevolence through being just as kind as you would want to be irate.
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into the Office: A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation)
For example, if you are presenting a plan you think is brilliant and a naysayer interrupts with an objection, you might want to shut them up with a snide retort. Maybe that’s a three on the aggression scale. If you were to transmute that aggressive three into a gentleness three, instead you might ask that person a few questions, allowing them to express their concerns before moving on.
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into the Office: A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation)
Knowing your intention is key in all things. If you want to meditate, it’s important to know why you want to meditate.
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into the Office: A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation)
I have found that this is pretty radical notion for anyone who was raised with a strong Christian background. Within that religious tradition there is an emphasis on original sin, which dictates that we area bacically not good at all but must work for our salvation. Within the Buddhist tradition we are saying the opposite: actually you are basically good. You are basically wise. You are basically kind. You just need to discover that truth and develop confidence in it.
Lodro Rinzler (Walk Like a Buddha: Even if Your Boss Sucks, Your Ex Is Torturing You, and You're Hungover Again)
Wanting to be in love is natural to the human experience. We all want to love. We love love. However, its highs are dizzying, its lows traumatic enough that we want to rid them from our memory. It almost seems counterintuitive to try to reach contentment and equanimity in our life while also cultivating this roller coaster of emotions.
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into a Bar...: A Guide to Life for a New Generation)
When you devote yourself to being true, you are connecting with the most intimate part of who you are and putting it on display. You are making your basic goodness available to those you work with, and they will likely be inspired to see that. As you exhibit the steadfast presence, the stable power, and the genuine warmth of being true, people will grow to trust and respect you. You will be able to lead with skill, supported by your coworkers and colleagues.
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into the Office: A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation)
People deal with all sorts of obstacles at work. There is the fear of failure, plus confrontations with mindless bureaucracy, with other people’s egos, with your own ego, with unethical practices, with incompetence, and a wide variety of issues related to race, gender, and sexual orientation
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into the Office: A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation)
There is a common misunderstanding that if you are going to be a “good” Buddhist, you will have to leave your career and run off to the woods to meditate 24/7 until you reach enlightenment. I don’t think you have to do that in order to follow a spiritual path. I have seen my
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into the Office: A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation)
The view of basic goodness is that we are already perfect. We are already amazing, just as we are.
Lodro Rinzler (Walk Like a Buddha: Even if Your Boss Sucks, Your Ex Is Torturing You, and You're Hungover Again)
But if you want world peace, you need to overcome your internal warfare before looking to love yourself and others.
Lodro Rinzler (Walk Like a Buddha: Even if Your Boss Sucks, Your Ex Is Torturing You, and You're Hungover Again)
PREVENTING TOO MANY ACTIVITIES The third quality of being a dharmic person is very interesting: it’s the idea that we don’t need to churn up a lot of things for us to do. We can simplify our lives through our body, speech, and mind. To
Lodro Rinzler (Sit Like a Buddha: A Pocket Guide to Meditation)
Out of all the industries in the world, she had picked one already. Not only that, but she had picked one specific company in that industry, and she aspired to one specific role within that company. I don’t remember being that sure of my career path when I was in my early twenties—or of anything else, for that matter. Furthermore,
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into the Office: A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation)
there are three yanas that we can apply to our life in order to truly explore the paths of mindfulness and compassion. These three vehicles are the means to transport us from our confusion to awakening. They each serve specific purposes and emphasize different
Lodro Rinzler (The Buddha Walks into the Office: A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation)
Pema Chödrön
Lodro Rinzler (Love Hurts: Buddhist Advice for the Heartbroken)