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Skillful means: Using the whole toolbox in Vajrayana practice

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Nov'18

Ground, Path, Fruition : Applying Buddhist Teachings Holistically

Ground, Path, Fruition are standard categories for describing Buddhist practice.  But when we hear these terms, what do they mean to …

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Nov'18

Magnetizing Activity

Magnetizing Activity is one of the four activities (las bzhi) of Vajrayana deity yoga practice.  We enumerate the four activities as: Pacifying Enriching …

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Jun'18

Guru Devotion in Vajrayāna

Guru Devotion is the key to Vajrayāna practice, Phakchok Rinpoche explains.  When we practice in this tradition, we see the guru as …

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Jan'18

Feast Offerings: Skillful Means in the Vajrayāna

Feast offerings are very important in the Vajrayāna tradition. Here, Phakchok Rinpoche describes the meaning and significance of this ritual practice. Additionally, he gives some very practical instruction on how we prepare for a feast offering. 

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Dec'17

Malas: Buddhist Prayer Beads

Malas : What are malas? Why and how do Buddhists use them? Malas are found throughout Indian traditions. The Sanskrit word mālā means garland–flowers were traditionally strung together on a continuous loop or thread. When we speak about Buddhist malas we refer to strings of beads. Buddhist practitioners use them to count mantra recitations and prayers.

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Dec'17

Three Pillars of Tibetan Vajrayāna Practice

Phakchok Rinpoche advises listeners on the best way to enter the Tibetan Vajrayāna Buddhist path by relying on three pillars to build a strong foundation.

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Nov'17

Multiplying Effects: 5 Ways of Multiplying Merit

Practitioners should take advantage of all opportunities to increase the accumulation of merit easily and swiftly. We need to know how to magnify our virtues. Phakchok Rinpoche reminds us regularly that we need to consistently accumulate merit.

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Oct'17

Aspiration: Water for Compassion

Aspiration is like water, and motivation is like the seed. You plant a seed and want to see the plant grow. Water is the aspiration.

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Aug'17

Transforming Negative Appearances

Dear Friends Near and Far, Hello. Happy Guru Rinpoche Day. Today I want to talk about the manifestation of Guru Rinpoche …

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02

Aug'17

Making Peace and Purifying Our World

For today's message, Phakchok Rinpoche offers insight into Kyepar Pakpey, the seventh manifestation of Guru Rinpoche. At the heart of this practice is making peace with all sentient beings and showing respect for the environment and those beings and aspects of our world that we tend to forget.

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