The Happiest Man In The World On Finding Your True Purpose Through Compassion

The monk regularly identified as the happiest man in the world was once plagued by panic attacks.

Mingyur Rinpoche grew up in the Himalayan mountains. “My life in general was wonderful,” he says. “I had nice parents and grandparents, and a very good environment.”

However, around the age of eight, Rinpoche started experiencing intense anxiety. “I couldn’t sleep well, it felt tight around my neck, and my heart sped up,” he remembers.

Rinpoche’s father was a well-known meditation teacher. He taught Rinpoche how to look beyond the panic, and access awareness and calm. 

Rinpoche went on to build his own meditation practice, based on his father’s lessons and

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