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The 10% Advantage -The Sakyong, Mipham Rinpoche. Shambhala

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So greetings, I hope everyone is well. Today is an interesting day; a day where I want to talk about what I call the 10% advantage. And in particular, it has to do with sort of how we change our attitude a little bit. And a lot of times, I think we get inspired, and we want to change our attitude totally. We love compassion; we want to become wiser, stronger, more confident, and we realize we have to get up in the morning; we want to do everything at once. But a lot of times, that is very short-lived, and after a while we're not doing anything. So we have gone from over enthusiasm to nothing at all. And so this sort of just an idea that I like to present, because I am very much into how we can use our everyday life and contemplations, things we are thinking about, themes that are important in our life, and how we begin to successfully bring them into our life, incorporate them into our life. So we may be one of the more open-minded, not so reactionary, understand more profound issues, but we want to know how to bring it in. And I think we are all challenged by this as life becomes busier, and there's less time. And one of the themes that I was thinking about is that; if we are able to, in a sense, just use a portion of our mind and attitude. So instead of like a 90% change, we get up in the morning and say okay, 10% of our mind we will put towards this new theme that we are trying to work on that day. So for example, if we are trying to work on compassion; as opposed to getting up in the morning and thinking I'm going to be compassionate to everyone. So that’s going to be very hard for all of us and we may find it difficult and we think it's not doable and by halfway through the day, we are not doing it anymore at all. We say, “Forget about it. I don't want to do that anymore”. Really, it's getting up in morning and saying, “Well 10%, you know I can handle that”. So maybe you know as a joke, saying 90% we can be upset and everything else, and irritated. But 10%. of your mind, you think okay. The 90% think about self obsession, whatever, but 10%, think about others. If we’re thinking about compassion saying, “For 10% of my mind, I can do that. I can begin to at least look at and entertain the idea of what someone else is going through.” And bit by bit, if we do that 10%, that little bit, it gives us an advantage on the day. It gives us at least 10% of our mind and our life is moving forward. And if we notice a lot of times we get up in the morning, we are doing the same things again. We're habitually doing the same things. And we’re, in a sense at the end of the day, we've gone through the same pattern. It may be different people and different scenarios, but it's the same thing. But here with the 10% saying, “What is it that's going to help? What are we are going to do that is going to move my life forward?" So, that is the notion of 10%. And for you it might be generosity; it may be love; it may be mindfulness: it may be space, giving a sense of space to our life. But whatever it is we wake up in the morning, and we say, “For a part of my attitude here, that I will do this". And the thing about this advantage is that most of what we are developing are these very positive qualities. So we are developing kindness and compassion, or understanding, just a little bit; it has a lot more weight. Sometimes we think anger has a lot of weight, but the reality is that when someone is kind to us, someone is loving, even for a brief moment, it affects us all. We feel it; we remember it the rest of the day. So just a little bit. We have that little 10 minute sort of attitude change. And it begins to kind of creep in, it begins to creep in to the rest of our day. And bit by bit, we feel that. So it’s very important that we’re looking at our life as a long term. How is it that we can begin to incorporate these themes? For many of us I feel like, a lot of us have inspiration; we want to do it, but how do we incorporate it in? So I would like to just present this and try it as a recommendation. And in the morning, what is it that you would like to develop, maybe kind to just a few people, pick those individuals. You know, maybe it's generosity, little bit at a time. So whatever it may be, we begin to do it. And as you begin to do it, it affects your life. We see it in my life. We see what we're doing. It begins to then in a sense, have a chain reaction, and it begins to leak into other aspects of our life, bit by bit. I feel like this 10%, because they are very good qualities, in Tibetan we call them "yunten," noble qualities, very strong, noble qualities. Those noble qualities have such weight and power, that they begin to offset our more aggressive and self-centered attitudes and more negative attitudes; negative aspects of ouselves, and they begin to sway. And as that shift begins to take place, we say “Oh I see it” and we become inspired, and therefore we do more. So slowly it begins to come into other aspects of our life. And it gives us just that advantage that we need in order to go forward and incorporate our life, spiritual journey, meditative journey together. So it becomes more balanced. So try that 10% and see what happens. Good luck.

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Duration: 5 minutes and 21 seconds
Year: 2007
Country: United States
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
Views: 452
Posted by: hmaclaren on Jun 12, 2010

The Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche. From Sakyong.com -Archive –Video, at http://www.sakyong.com/archive.php?category=video. December 2007. © Copyright 2007 Mipham J. Mukpo. . December 2007. Shambhala. Produced By Centre Productions and James Hoagland .

. Shambhala, Meditation, Mindfulness, Buddhism. Noble qualities. Contemplations.

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