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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Path to Liberation
People frequently ask me this question, "What exactly is the condition of our mind?" If the person asking has no standing spiritual discipline, or has never taken classes on mind training and is forever running themselves ragged dealing with mundane issues, then I have little context to provide a clear and well defined answer. Perhaps I could try to describe ways of relieving the mind. Asking me the shape of the mind is like asking what exactly is beyond the sky above that holds it up. If you truly want to see the shape of your mind then you must do your best to eliminate all differentiation between yourself and others. More importantly, do not let your mind be influenced by any external circumstances, whether that be from people, objects or situations. The most important thing in desiring to take steps towards recognizing your mind’s true nature is to cease drawing from any source of power, forego all methods and techniques and forego as well any reliance on a particular teaching that could alter your mind. Allow things to happen very naturally, as if you were simply watching a stage play or listening to a song. Let all things happen naturally. In this way, perhaps in the future, the chance will come for you to completely break free from the shackles of the mind. When the time comes, maybe you will stand a chance to reach liberation.
From Shang Longrik Gyatso Rinpoche