How to deal with physical pain


How can we change our view of pain?
The nature of any perception or idea is such that it grows stronger and stronger through repetition. Therefore, try to accept your condition. Pain and suffering can also be seen as a process of purification, as a broom that sweeps away all your negative karma. This gives meaning and purpose to the pain we feel.

How can we bring pain and suffering into our practice?
Pain can be used as a support for shamatha practice and meditation. It can also inspire compassion. One method would be to remember that there are so many people who suffer just as you do, and then take and transform their pain through the practice of tonglen.

You can also invoke the buddhas, especially Vajrasattva, and bring purification and transformation through their blessings, which can ease and unblock the pain you feel. Rinpoche also teaches a special healing practice that focuses on Guru Rinpoche.

Video teachings

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Video 01

There are many ways to transform suffering

Lerab Ling, 27 June 2003

Video 02

Find the strength to look at and overcome your pain

Paris, 25 April 2004

Video 03

Practices for transforming the suffering of pain

Dzogchen Beara, 6 July 2010

Video 04

Using painful sensations as a method for meditation

Tarragona, 19 October 2013

Video 05

How leaving the mind unaltered can help you with pain

Myall Lakes, 27 Jan 2015

Video 06

The essence of the method of compassion

Melbourne, 4 March 2008

Video 07

A guided healing practiceParis, 2 May 2009

Paris, 2 May 2009