Buddhist Philosophy

Phakchok Rinpoche and senior instructors offer weekly audio, video or written wisdom teachings. You can check your understanding with reflections or practice exercises. Browse by topic and level according to your interest.

Buddha-nature: Hidden Treasure, Buried Diamond -

Dec 5, 2019

Buddha-nature can be understood by using classical analogies. We may have heard teachers say that every being has buddha-nature. And yet, we remain skeptical. We don’t see the evidence of this around...

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Giving Joyfully: #Giving Tuesday -

Dec 2, 2019

Giving joyfully, we read in the Buddhist texts, brings many benefits, both for oneself and for others. At this time of the year, many cultures celebrate festivals of abundance and plenty rooted...

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Understand Ignorance to Reveal Buddhanature -

Nov 21, 2019

Understand ignorance.  Why would we need to do that if we are studying our mind?  Here, in this video teaching from a Mahamudra meditation retreat at Gomde Cooperstown, Tulku Migmar Tsering explains...

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Celebrating Lha Bab Düchen -

Nov 18, 2019

Lha Bab Düchen  Lha Bab Düchen ( lha babs dus chen) in Tibetan translates as, ‘The Festival of the Descent from Heaven.’ We celebrate the Buddha’s descent from Távatimsa heaven on the 22nd day of...

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Repeated Placement: Once Again Resting the Mind -

Nov 14, 2019

Repeated Placement is the third stage of our calm abiding meditation.  In shamata meditation, our practice proceeds gradually so that we are able to quickly recognize when our attention wanders off.  Here,...

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Continuous Placement in Meditation: Bring Back the Mind -

Nov 7, 2019

Continuous placement, or establishing continuity, is the second stage of calm abiding meditation.  When we practice calm abiding, or shamata meditation, we’re gradually retraining our minds.  In the second part of his...

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Everyone Can Meditate: Caring for Our Minds -

Oct 31, 2019

Everyone can meditate to care for our minds and to reduce suffering.  In this short video teaching, Tulku Migmar Tsering explains that meditation is a broad term encompassing many stages.  Classically we...

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Meditation Training with Focus -

Oct 17, 2019

“Meditation training with focus” takes many forms.  As we begin to build a habit of mindfulness, we can use one or more of these techniques.  For example, in a meditation session or...

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Cultivating New Habits for Busy Minds -

Oct 10, 2019

Cultivating new habits is what meditation is all about.  The most basic Tibetan term for meditation, gom (Tib. sgom), means cultivation, habituation or development.  As we meditate, we train our minds to...

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Mental Maintenance Creates Stability -

Oct 3, 2019

“Mental maintenance” means working with our own minds.  In this video, Tulku Migmar Tsering reminds us that all of us have minds and therefore can learn to manage them more effectively.  And...

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