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.

Tonglen Practice: Developing Bodhicitta -

Jun 25, 2019

  Bodhicitta means the mind of awakening. Phakchok Rinpoche often reminds us to cultivate the motivation that everything we do is for the purpose of all sentient beings to attain enlightenment. But...

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Training in Kindness -

Jun 14, 2019

These days, in a busy and sometimes angry world, we often don’t observe a lot of kindness in our interactions. When we feel this way it can be very helpful to review...

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5 Ways to Radically Increase your Joy -

May 28, 2019

By Erric Solomon Buddhists often wonder if happiness is too trivial a thing to worry about. While it is true that the ultimate realization of Buddhist practice is far more profound, when...

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Compassion in Daily Life: be Psycho-Compassionate -

May 6, 2019

Rinpoche encourages us to be “psycho-compassionate” rather than “psychotherapeutic” when confronted with people’s problems. Rather than trying to fix the person and their problems as in a therapeutic model, it is better,...

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Meditation: Three Steps of Correct Preparation -

Mar 30, 2019

Learning meditation requires both study and actual practice. A correct preparation before starting a meditation session is important if we want to experience authentic results. In this audio excerpt from an introductory...

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Buddha Nature: Where Is It? -

Mar 24, 2019

We are often asked, “where is Buddha” and we may point to a statue or picture. We point outward but the real Buddha is inside, our innate nature, the nature of our...

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Preferences, Habit, Practice -

Mar 17, 2019

Preferences dominate our thinking most of the time whether we consciously note them or not.  We carry them into our meditation practice. But is that smart? We like or we dislike–often intensely....

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Purposeful Teachings -

Mar 7, 2019

Purposeful Teachings Address Needs Every one of the Buddha’s teachings has a purpose–each one suits the needs of a particular person. When we examine a teaching, we should ask if it is...

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Practicing Dharma: Continuous Journey -

Feb 28, 2019

Practicing Dharma Authentically Means Commitment When you really want to practice Dharma you want to carry on until you die, there is no stopping. Dharma practice is a continuous journey–of course we...

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Motivation: The Real Meaning of Bodhicitta -

Feb 21, 2019

Motivation is a Reflection of Yourself In this teaching, Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche challenges us to come to understand of correct motivation. “Motivation is a reflection of yourself”, he teaches. This shows how...

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