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.

Bell and Dorje: Understanding Ritual Objects -

Feb 4, 2019

In the Vajrayana context, practitioners utilize the bell and dorje as important symbolic ritual items. In this video, Tulku Migmar explains just some of the significance of this pair of implements.  We...

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Beginner Tonglen Meditation -

Feb 4, 2019

Beginner Tonglen: Extending Kindness and Love Tulku Migmar explains in this video clip how we can begin to work with the profound practice of Tonglen.   Moreover, he advises how we can incorporate...

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Mahāyāna Practice Supports -

Feb 4, 2019

Mahāyāna Practice Motivation Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche  reminds Dharma practitioners to consistently review and reflect on our understanding. We need to develop certainty in the view, the motivation, the ground, and each stage...

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Five Fundamental Precepts -

Jan 29, 2019

Five Fundamental Precepts Establish a Basis for Ethical Behavior The Buddha taught that if we adopt these five fundamental precepts, we can avoid harming ourselves and harming others. Moreover, if we modify...

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Motivation or Intention -

Jan 28, 2019

Motivation or intention comes before any activity, even if we don’t realize or acknowledge it. According to traditional Buddhist teachings, the initial motivation really determines whether action is virtuous or non-virtuous.  Giving...

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Supplication -

Jan 18, 2019

Supplication: The Real Meaning Supplication is a key element of Tibetan Buddhist Vajrayana practice. We’ve heard this over and over again, but what does it really mean? Phakchok Rinpoche  frequently explains that...

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Buddhist Science of Mind -

Jan 10, 2019

Science of mind occupies a great deal of attention in Buddhist philosophy.  This is not some new development; ancient Buddhist texts include major treatises investigating the mind.  In this audio teaching, Khenpo...

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Overcoming Fear with Vajrayana Practice -

Jan 10, 2019

Overcoming Fear During Tonglen Practice: Vajra Protection Overcoming fear is an important thing to understand so that we are not overwhelmed by obstacles. Phakchok Rinpoche responded to a student during his teaching...

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Aspirations Reflect Our Motivation -

Jan 3, 2019

We all have aspirations in life.  But what are our aspirations?  We should reflect and check this in ourselves. Only we can know our own aspirations –they relate only to us.  And...

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Self-reflection on the Spiritual Path -

Dec 26, 2018

Self-reflection is crucial for humans to flourish–both on the mundane and on the spiritual path.  Phakchok Rinpoche teaches here in an excerpt from a recent visit to Gomde Austria, making the point...

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