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Oct'18

Learning Buddhadharma: The Essence

Learning Buddhadharma can be done in a number of ways. Especially in these modern times. We can go to retreats, listen to teachings, take courses, and of course read lots of books. Phakchok Rinpoche reminds us here, however, that learning Dharma actually means understanding the essence: the crucial points.

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Oct'18

Lha Bab Duchen October 31, 2018

Lha Bab Duchen, or the Great Festival of the Descent from the Gods occurs on October 31, 2018.  This joyful occasion …

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25

Sep'18

Calm Abiding Meditation

Calm abiding meditation forms the backbone of Buddhist meditation practice. Without developing a solid foundation in this core practice, we will not be able to settle our minds. Traditionally, we spend months or years learning, practicing, and experiencing the results of calm abiding meditation before we move on to other practices. And we never abandon calm abiding: this simple technique recurs throughout all types of Buddhist meditation.

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25

Sep'18

Defining “Dharma”: Method and Wisdom

We have a lot of negative emotions, don't we? And traditionally, Buddhist teachers explain that the antidote for our negative emotions is the application of the Dharma. Defining what we means by Dharma thus becomes crucial. Implementing, or putting into practice, the Dharma is what the Buddha did. Put most simply, Dharma is method and wisdom. Application of these two is what the Buddha experienced.

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04

Sep'18

Understanding Our Negative Emotions

Understanding negative emotions involves looking at our own thoughts honestly. As we observe, we notice countless negative habits that pop up one after another. Classic Buddhist teaching groups these into six main categories of negative emotions. Recognizing these and applying the correct antidote, is the Dharma.

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07

Aug'18

Advice for Buddhist Parents

Buddhist parents sometimes ask how best to apply the teachings when relating in their family life. In this short audio teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche shares some practical advice for Buddhist parents.

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24

Jul'18

Just Be Kind!

Just be kind! Phakchok Rinpoche observes that as he travels around the world, he finds that many of us have forgotten this basic skill. Basic, simple kindness seems to be disappearing. This simple kindness doesn't belong to any religion or belief set. We can remind ourselves, again and again, to just be kind to each other. Rinpoche advises us to adopt this important motivational slogan as a regular mantra.

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06

Jun'18

Categorizing Buddhist Teaching: Three Levels

Three Levels We can categorize Buddhist teachings in many different ways.  In this video excerpt from a teaching in Malaysia, Phakchok …

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May'18

Remembering the Buddha on Saga Dawa Duchen

  Remembering the Buddha, on Saga Dawa Düchen means an opportunity to practice joyfully.  We can take a pause from our …

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28

Apr'18

Who Was the Buddha?

Who was the Buddha? We see the image so often these days and we may know some quotes attributed to him, but what do we really know about the historical Buddha? Why might his own story be relevant for us? Here, in an audio clip from a teaching given in Cooperstown, New York, Phakchok Rinpoche gives a short introduction.

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