About Shang Rinpoche
Rinpoche’s spiritual pursuit began at a very young age and has spanned many years, in which he received lineages of all four major Vajrayana Buddhist schools—Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya, and Gelug—from numerous lineage holders and great yogis of our time in India, Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan. Rinpoche has acquired all the necessary empowerments, transmissions, and teachings to become a fully qualified Vajrayana master. Furthermore, Rinpoche is a recognized tulku (reincarnate lama), authenticated by eminent lineage holders and distinguished masters of our time.
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Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude
As soon as you open your eyes in the morning, the most important thing is to consider all the good things, people, speech, actions, opportunities, weather and surroundings that you’ll encounter that day. In short, first give praise to all people, tasks, places and things. This is the proper attitude for a good beginning that each day deserves. The extent to which an individual can be enthusiastic, optimistic and forward-thinking determines the power they have over their life. The attitude of successful people is necessarily dynamic, optimistic and confident. In particular, their proactive attitude becomes a captivating charm. When your positive energy comes through your smile and body language, making the other person feel they are important, you've already half won them over. Before you criticize someone you dislike, you need to first learn to compliment them, because this allows you to transform yourself. The best way of introducing yourself is with a smile; it serves as your business card. So please remember that before you leave the house each morning, even more important than arranging your clothes is to practice your smile.
Also remember that people who are able to achieve great things all share one characteristic: they don’t put much energy or thought into trivial matters. Remind yourself often that whenever you encounter any adversity, tell yourself: “Let it be!” and immediately shift your thinking pattern and logic. Confront and transform these challenges. Treat them just like we would treat coming into contact with the sunlight and air everyday: we never try to shy from them whenever there are mere changes in the temperature.
At the start of each day, when you’re ready to walk out the door, you need to say to yourself: “Today, no matter whether I meet with people or situations I don’t like, such as people who have hurt me, annoyed me, betrayed me, intentionally deceived me or something that most scares me, worries me, something I most want to avoid, I will embrace it all with open arms and an open mind, accept it all, forgive those who have harmed me and through the best means possible complete this task together.”
The formula for success in life lies in being able to accept any and all failures and challenges. Please don’t go around painstakingly pleasing others; instead, genuinely show kindness in liking and complimenting people. Also, don’t waste your time trying to imitate others; instead, quickly find your own style that suits you and allows you to be independent. You need to give yourself some time and space each day to be with yourself, observe yourself clearly and then let yourself go. Adjust your breathing, allow yourself a fresh start, and don’t overlook the positive power Right Thought will have in your life.
Laozi is considered a great philosopher for his profound insight that the “self” is the biggest downfall of humanity. If people can just let go of their identity, forget about their ego, and in the midst of a life full of chaos, naturally and genuinely attain a mind unmoved by either honor or disgrace, fearing neither gains nor losses, this defines a person of high capacity. Such a highly capable person’s approach to dealing with worldly affairs is unbiased and unselfish, with a noble bearing.
From Shang Longrik Gyatso