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Guru Rinpoche Day Teachings

Advice from Dza Patrül Rinpoche

Dear friends near and far, As always, I hope this message finds you well, healthy and happy. On today’s Guru Rinpoche day, I would like

Guru Rinpoche with two of his heart disciples.
Guru Rinpoche Day Teachings

The Accumulations of Merit and Wisdom

Phakchok Rinpoche talks about the accumulations of merit and wisdom, how they are defined, how they differ from each other, and how to gather them.

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Five Finger Motivation

As Mahāyāna Buddhist practitioners, we are repeatedly encouraged to check our motivation. All the great masters teach that we should begin each practice session by taking a few moments to check our minds. In this audio clip, Rinpoche shares a memorable description of the various types of motivation. He uses the five fingers of a human hand to measure different types of motivation.

Guru Rinpoche Day Teachings

Striking the Vital Points of Practice

On the first Guru Rinpoche Day of the Tibetan Year of the Water Rabbit, Phakchok Rinpoche shares with us two quotes on the key points of the practices of generation, completion, and Guru Yoga.

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Guru Rinpoche Day Teachings

Guru Yoga and the Generation Stage

On this Guru Rinpoche day, I would like to share with you all some of Guru Rinpoche’s precious pith instructions, from the fourth chapter of the Dispeller of All Obstacles (Tukdrup Barché Künsel), “Quintessential, All-Embracing Wisdom” (Yangtik Yeshé Zangtal).

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Cultivating Devotion

In this video, Rinpoche explains the four components of authentic devotion, and shows us how we can develop this sense through practice.

Guru Rinpoche Day Teachings

Five Ways of Practicing Guru Yoga

Since today is such a special and auspicious day, I thought to say little about “Lamey Naljor” or Guru Yoga, which is the practice of merging your mind with the wisdom mind of the guru.


Accumulating Causes for Enlightenment

In this video teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche reminds us that the essence of our mind is already enlightened. Yet, even though our nature is pure, that does not imply that we then can sit back and do nothing. We need to accumulate merit!