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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Elevating Our Spiritual Energy Can Trump Adrenaline
There is an ever increasing number of people that will experience an increased heart rate, a jump in body temperature, and a surge in adrenaline, all caused by the sudden influx of emotions. A substantial change in cortisol secretions can also contribute to immediate changes in our mental states. From a medical and psychological point of view, all these reactions arise when anyone encounters unfamiliar circumstances or surroundings. This asserts that a person who hasn’t undergone spiritual or religious development has no way of transforming or controlling his or her physical response to stress.
In fact, we are our own best psychologist. Even with the depth psychotherapy developed by Freud and Jung, it can only touch on the surface of an individual’s physical and psychological issues which are manifestation of their karma. If we hope to thoroughly transform ourselves for the better, the only way is through religious guidance and spiritual inspiration.
Humans are unable to attract everything they desire, but they spend the greater part of their life energy in pursuit of these desires. If we want to transform ourselves, it has to start from the positive spiritual law of attraction. We should understand that to immediately bring about all transformations, the self is the most important. An individual’s mental intent can decide the final outcome, as well as setting the wheels of karma in motion. To elevate our spiritual level, it’s imperative to first establish a belief in cause and effect and samsara, because our karmic roots go all the way back to the beginning of the soul. Once we’ve grasped these concepts, we should carefully observe and control our body, speech and mind’s conduct in minute detail. We must understand that we are the only ones who are able to instill peace and harmony within ourselves, and we are the ones to decide if we allow ourselves or others around us to be harmed. Ultimately, whether or not our mind is at ease is contingent on the way we treat ourselves. So in fact, there is only one thing we need to do well. And that is to thoroughly observe our own mind in every moment, and to adequately rectify and transform any mistaken views and affairs gone wrong. If we are successful, we will never be at a loss for what to do or how to handle any situation.
From Shang Longrik Gyatso Rinpoche