Lodro Rinzler: “Creating an Enlightened Society”

Meditation teacher and author Lodro Rinzler teaches us how we can apply our meditation practice to transform society.

Meditation teacher and award-winning author Lodro Rinzler spoke at Wanderlust Aspen-Snowmass on how we can apply our meditation practice not only to our own lives, but to our relationships with our friends, families, and society as a whole.

Through the practice of meditation, the Buddha was able to see through his own confusion—obtaining nirvana—and thus see through society’s confusion. If we were able to do that with our own meditation practice, we’d have a dramatic impact on society: just by being more mindful.

By creating conversations of kindness, mindfulness, and compassion within our societies—small and large—we begin to create shifts in the way the world, and society as a whole, communicates. Lodro explains how our practices and actions can (and should) be interconnected:

“The idea of The Buddha Walks Into a Bar is that we don’t have to separate out our religious beliefs, our spirituality, our meditation practice over here, and our going out with our friends on a Friday night, our work life, and our family over there; we should actually be able to bring the two together.”

According to Lodro, by applying the qualities of meditation to our entire lives, we:

  • Will be more present in every interaction.
  • Can work with our own physical, emotional, and mental discomfort.
  • Are able to relate to others more fully.
  • Can show up for life in a way that feels meaningful.
  • Will ultimately help society, thereby enabling us to transform and save the world.

For more information, check out his website.

Produced by Wanderlust Festival
Filmed and Edited by: Circus Picnic
Filmed at Wanderlust Aspen-Snowmass 2015
Accompanying text by Kristin Diversi