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.

Just Be Kind! -

Jul 24, 2018

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...

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Do We Need to Meditate? -

Jul 18, 2018

Do we need to meditate? And if so, why? Is there a real benefit from meditation? In this video teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche answers with an emphatic "Yes!" If we actually practice mediation, Rinpoche observes, we go beyond the theory and...

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Be Sincere! -

Jul 10, 2018

Be Sincere: Be Genuine! We all can benefit from learning now to be sincere–to be genuine. Phakchok Rinpoche acknowledges that being genuine is very difficult. When we try to apply in daily...

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Improving Ourselves on the Buddhist Path -

Jul 2, 2018

Improving ourselves, or making progress, while practicing the Buddhadharma should be a natural outcome.  Phakchok Rinpoche observes that we practice correctly when our behavior and our Dharma practice function together. We benefit...

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Dharma : Understanding Mind -

Jun 27, 2018

Dharma means understanding mind–our own mind– and how it functions.  What do we understand by this term?  Scholars and meditation masters remind us that the word Dharma has 10 meanings.  But, when...

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Belief in Dharma Practice -

Jun 20, 2018

Belief in  Dharma practice is crucial.  Yet, often we approach our practice in a half-hearted or not fully committed manner.  Then, if we don’t believe in what we are practicing, we may...

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Guru Devotion in Vajrayāna -

Jun 13, 2018

Guru Devotion is the key to Vajrayāna practice, Phakchok Rinpoche explains.  When we practice in this tradition, we see the guru as the Buddha.  This contrasts with the approach of the other vehicles. ...

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Categorizing Buddhist Teaching: Three Levels -

Jun 6, 2018

Three Levels We can categorize Buddhist teachings in many different ways.  In this video excerpt from a teaching in Malaysia, Phakchok Rinpoche presents one classic view of three levels of teaching as...

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Real Kindness: No Agenda -

Jun 1, 2018

  Real kindness drops any agenda. And cultivating agenda-free kindness makes our actions really meaningful.   In this audio excerpt, Phakchok Rinpoche requests that we refocus our efforts on just being kind. He...

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Remembering the Buddha on Saga Dawa Duchen -

May 28, 2018

  Remembering the Buddha, on Saga Dawa Düchen means an opportunity to practice joyfully.  We can take a pause from our busy concerns and reflect on the timeless message of the Buddha’s...

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