July 19, 2021
On this special day of the monkey month, we celebrate the birth of our Precious Maha Guru within a lotus blossom on Lake Dhanakosha. Phakchok Rinpoche shares with us a verse from the Heart Essence of Padmasambhava.Read more
Please join us this November on Guru Rinpoche Day in accumulating One Hundred-Thousand Tsok Offerings of The Lake-Born Guru’s Heart Essence (Guru...
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Dear Dharma Brothers and Sisters, Many thanks to all of you for...
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Phakchok Rinpoche sends out short inspiring teachings to all students via email on every Guru Rinpoche day. Rinpoche often uses these teachings to answer frequently asked questions. Also, he suggests topics that remind us to bring our minds home in the midst of our busy lives.
June 20, 2021
Phakchok Rinpoche shares with us The Fivefold Ultimate, Essential Instructions and Eightfold Samayas of Mahamudra, given by the first throne-holder of the Drikung Kagyu tradition.Read more
May 21, 2021
On the auspicious Guru Rinpoche Day of the auspicious month of Saga Dawa, Phakchok Rinpoche shares some important verses from Kunkhyen Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche’s Advice on What to Adopt and Abandon.Read more
If we maintain the realization of the empty nature, we maintain all of the powers and qualities of the Buddha. Buddha-fields, which are inseparable from the mind’s nature, unfold wherever there is a buddha. If we maintain this realization, pure compassion radiates outward to all sentient beings.
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