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.

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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Being Confident and Decisive -

May 20, 2018

Be Decisive! These days, we all have access to lots of teachings and spiritual guidance. We can quickly find Buddhist as well as other spiritual teachings with a quick internet search. We...

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Genuine Compassion -

May 14, 2018

Genuine compassion, Phakchok Rinpoche explains, is compassion free of any aggression. Moreover, that compassion does not have grasping. This compassion is much more gentle. Ultimate or genuine compassion does not have the thought, "I need to save real sentient beings."...

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Why Meditate? What Does Meditation Offer? -

May 7, 2018

Why meditate? What benefits does meditation bring, and why might we want to take the time for practice? Phakchok Rinpoche, in this video teaching from a talk at Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Cooperstown, New York, points out very concrete...

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Who Was the Buddha? -

Apr 28, 2018

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,...

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Unselfish Meditation -

Apr 17, 2018

When we practice meditation, we should aim for unselfish meditation. That means we need to learn how to set our motivation. In this audio teaching from a teaching in Malaysia, Phakchok Rinpoche discusses how to generate proper...

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