Master Shi Heng Yi – 5 hindrances to self-mastery | Shi Heng YI | TEDxVitosha

Published 2020-02-13
Meet Shaolin Master Shi Heng Yi in his serene talk about self-discovery. Learn why rainfall is an essential part of each flowering. And every small step – part of the journey to the highest peek. The hindrances along the way to self-discovery and personal growth are easy to overcome. Learn how from his talk. For more than 30 years, Master Shi Heng Yi has been studying and practicing the interaction between mind and body. His strength is the ability to smoothly combine this knowledge with physical exercises and to practice Martial art –Kung Fu and Qi Gong. He has an academic background but he prefers to live at the Shaolin Temple Europe, Monastery located in Otterberg, Germany. Since 2010 he has been taking care of the settlement and he personifies the sustainable development and spreading the Shaolin culture and philosophy. As a contemporary monk, Master Yi holds a smartphone in the folds of his clothes as he sees no contradiction between living together with ancient knowledge and high technology. “The universal law of being successful and happy at the same time means finding the balance”, says master Yi. And as for flying – yes, he really can do it! He only needs a stick and a little space. We expect him to fly-in and share about the Shaolin way at TEDxVitosha 2020.

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All Comments (21)
  • Apparently, when you're a Shaolin monk, awesome music emanates from the surroundings whenever you speak.
  • Almost 14 years ago I participated in a program in the Shaolin temple where he used to live. This guy taught me proper meditation and breathing skills and shared his story with me. Absolutely fantastic person with an unbelievable amount of discipline and a mind which is the strongest I've ever encountered. One time the other 3 guys who were in the temple and I couldn't keep up with him and the monks and we fell behind during the morning routine. As punishment we had to do 500 push ups which sounded completely unreal but he said we won't get to eat unless we finished it. He said all this in a very calm voice and we just did it. He taught me how to achieve anything if you're disciplined and calm enough. 非常谢谢师父!
  • Derek Kumo
    5 Hindrances
    1. Sensual desire (pleasures & distractions)
    2. ill will (negative mind)
    3. Slothful body & mind (lack of energy, lack of motivation)
    4. Restlessness (worry about the future or regret about the past, unable to stay in the present)
    5. Skeptical doubt (indecisiveness)

    Each of these hindrances is placing a dark cloud on your mind.

    Solution: Align and structure your life to prevent these hindrances from arising.

    4 Steps to remove these Hindrances
    1. Recognize (what state of mind you’re in)
    2. Accept (accept and allow situations and people to be the way it is/they are)
    3. Investigate (your emotional & mental state) - “why did it come up?” “what is the consequence if I remain in that state?”
    4. Non identification (practice “I’m not the body, I’m not mind, I’m not my emotion, I can just see all these 3 aspects about me”)
  • David Duez
    "All of our lifetimes, all of our lives are too unique to copy the path from someone else" This might be the best quote I've ever heard!
  • Ah Jun
    The most important part is practicing. "I am not the body. I am not the mind. I am not my emotion. It's just that I can see all this three aspect about me"
  • dankind
    03:13 What is important in this lifetime?
    05:14 Each individual needs to find the most suitable way to climb that mountain
    07:27 The Five Hindrance
    09:42 First Hindrance - Sensual Desire
    11:08 Second Hindrance - Ill Will
    12:16 Third Hindrance - Sloth and Torpor
    13:12 Fourth Hindrance - Restlessness
    14:08 Fifth Hindrance - Skeptical Doubt
    14:58 Let it rain
    15:50 Four step method
    15:59 First Step - Recognize - What Am I Feeling Right Now?
    16:08 Second Step - Accept - Let go
    16:24 Investigate Your Emotional and Mental State - Cause? Consequence?
    16:40 Non-Identification - I am not the body. I am not the mind. I am not my emotion. My world mirrors these three aspects about me.
    17:11 Mind your own business to bring meaning and value into your life
  • Josh Binder
    Sensual mind
    Negative mind
    Slothful mind
    Unsettled mind
    Skeptical doubt

    "Align and structure your life in a way to prevent these hindrances"

    1. Recognize
    2. Accept
    3. Investigate
    4. Non-Identity

    There are 2 mistakes along the way to mastery
    1. Not starting
    2. Not going all the way
  • Subham Das
    This man moves like a lion and speaks straight from his heart.
  • VoidStorm
    I'm climbing my mountain right now but at the moment it is scattered with distractions and self doubt but I'm doing my best to learn to push through it all. I will make it to the top one day.
  • Deepika Barman
    I’ve already watched this video like 10 times. Every time I listen to it I learn something new. It keeps me moving forward while still accepting the past.
  • mona cojocaru
    his presence filled the room, the audience simply mesmerized, the music, the words, the tone of his voice, his feline movements, 18 minutes of enlightenment!
  • solac388
    Took some notes for myself and now sharing them for anyone who might find them valuable :)
    5 Hindrances to Self-Mastery
    1. Sensual desire (sight/touch/taste/smell/hearing) = Am I addicted?
    2. Ill will / aversion = Am I feeling a negative emotion?
    3. Dullness / heaviness = Am I unmotivated?
    4. Restlessness = Is my mind jumping from though to thought?
    5. Sceptical doubt = Am I indecisive?

    Rain (is the solution)
    Recognise which one you're experiencing
    Accept that's what you're experiencing
    Investigate why you're experiencing it
    Non-identify with that experience: 'i am not the body, i am not the mind, i am not my emotion'

    I wish the talk would go on for longer and if he could share stories of people overcoming each of them :)
  • Nimasha Amali
    I've been a Buddhist my whole life. I actually know all these facts but the thing is I never knew how to add the practice of dealing with the hindrances in my day to day life. This is great! Probably the best Ted talk I've come across!
  • Michael Vogel
    Wow, this made me cry a bit, going thru a painful breakup and I found so much wisdom in this. This man is so in tune with not only himself, but with the universe that it amazes me and I realize how little I truly understand. Thank you sir.
  • I keep coming back to this because it is so TRUE!!! Knowing how to focus is the ULTIMATE SUPERPOWER in this age and generation where everything is calling for your attention
  • Joshua Mok
    Been watching this 18 mins Tedx Talk for 4 times, and I still get some new insights every time I watch it! One of the best talk ever!

    The calmness is what I need the most 😊
  • Deeds Rae
    I remember when I first seen this talk, it had only a few thousand views. It makes me very happy to know that many people have been listening and learning from this. It has changed my life. I’m very happy with the way things are going in my life now. I wish you all to be your best self and enjoy life.
  • The lazy freak
    “You can either experience the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The choice is yours.” – ❤️🔥
  • holamoco17
    I love this man, his teaching and his advices, the story he tells is beautiful and insightful. I always feel calm, relaxed and satisfied with happiness after this video. It is perfect to watch when you feel down and insecure.