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Joyful Wisdom: An Approach to Transforming Difficulty into Opportunity

with Mingyur Rinpoche

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What you'll learn

  • Hear Rinpoche describe his early life experiences with anxiety and panic attacks, and how he learned to transform these difficulties through meditation
  • Be led in a guided practice to transform “poison into medicine” and transform our most painful emotions by accessing the 3 fundamental qualities of mind: awareness, love and compassion, and wisdom 
  • Explore how we can find meaning in our suffering and use it as a bridge to develop compassion and connection with others

About the speakers

Mingyur Rinpoche

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is a Tibetan teacher and master of the Karma Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. Rinpoche’s teachings weave together his own personal experiences with modern scientific research, relating both to the practice of meditation. He has authored two best-selling books and oversees the Tergar Meditation Community, an international network of Buddhist meditation centers. He is also the founder of numerous health, hunger, hygiene, environmental, and empowerment projects in the Himalayas.

Doug Abrams

Doug Abrams is a multiple New York Times best-selling author, as well as an editor, literary agent, and film producer. He is the founder and president of Idea Architects, a creative book and media agency. He co-wrote The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, which inspired the film MISSION: JOY. Doug also co-authored The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times with Jane Goodall. Books and films he has developed have been credited with convincing then-President Bill Clinton to stop the genocide in Kosovo (The Bridge Betrayed), for launching the modern anti-slavery movement (Disposable People), and for helping to expand a mass incarceration reform movement (Just Mercy, a book and film starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx). He has had the privilege of interviewing extraordinary global heroes including Jimmy Carter, the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Jane Goodall, Bono, Carlos Santana, and Richard Branson.

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  • To separate someone’s emotion and the person; hire the bandit be the bodyguard ……grateful for the inspiring and practical teachings, Rinpoche.

  • Thank you BOTH for your beautiful wisdoms and compassion, questions, insights, courageous vulnerability. Thank you both for your healing presence… emitting Joy. from a grateful heart.

  • Thank you very much for the access to the videos despite the summit having ended. What a beautiful experience I had listening to Rinpoche. He reinforced what I have learned from the sits I join in our Zen sangha.

  • Great views for the submit, its a great pleasure to be a part of conferance 🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🤗🙏🙏

  • Thank you for sharing your navigation through anxiety and panic as a youth. The panic of panicing. I know many people who struggle as adults with this dread. I find myself loving the warmth of the sun and blue sky too, but find myself focusing in stormy weather. Meditating on the storm of thoughts and emotions as well. Facing death can be a challenging experience too. The poison story shared was powerful and inspiring itself. I’m sorry for the momentary pain for Mr. Abrams and his loved ones. But am very grateful he’s here now and able to share his life and wisdom. Along with tips from Mingyur Rinpoche. Sensing and taking in others pain, panic and suffering as our own, transmuting or alchemising it for healing and release is a great gift. Finding meaning in suffering and using it to bridge healthy compassion and connection with others is the foundation of good consciousness. We are lost, nothing, emptiness without connection. Although stars drifting in our own senses of space, divinity and purpose. Everyone is connected or important to someone, somewhere. Righteous indignation is a wise differentiation regarding difficult emotions. Thank you for explaining singularity and multiplicity. I appreciate the meditations shared with us during our remembrance of making time for joy.

    Warm regards,


  • My gratitude for this fantastic talk. The dynamic between questions and answers allowed me to deepen more about the transformation of emotional states.

    Although it was not a central topic, I like the linguistic distinction between “being” and “action/emotion” (37:00) that was mentioned to face the attitudes that can hurt, or in the example of correcting some behavior, as Mingyur Rinpoche’s mother did.

    It feels different when someone say to a child “you are bad” in contrast to the expression “what you did was not good.” Taking into account this, could promote a mental capacity of desidentification from emotional states or wrong behavior, which occur in the process of introjection of communicative style of parenting.

    This could also approach more realistically to the circumstantial and impermanent nature of our emotional responses and those of others, because each emotion can appear as a product of many factors, and the person’s wholeness is not reduced in a certain emotional reaction.

    Similarly, it would allow us to understand the suffering behind the actions that hurt, to assume a more compassionate attitude. Thinking “I feel angry with the person” in contrast to “I feel angry about what the person did”, could have a different effect on our coping of the situation. Putting the focus on action, gives us concrete information from which practical solutions can be found to prevent retaliations that perpetuate cycles of violence and at the same time more peace atmospheres can be created.

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