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Nov'18

Mahāsiddha Stories for Inspiration

Mahāsiddha stories may inspire us throughout our practice of the Buddhist path because we hear how people from all walks of …

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06

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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01

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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31

Jul'18

Self-Confidence

Self-confidence can be a trait that we wish we had, but many of us may feel unsure of ourselves. At first glance, it might seem rather paradoxical to worry about self-confidence as we often hear about emptiness of self in Buddhist philosophy. However, we need self-confidence so that we can function in our regular daily actions in the world. Moreover, and most importantly, we need self-confidence in our own nature and in our practice.

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Jun'18

Belief in Dharma Practice

Belief in  Dharma practice is crucial.  Yet, often we approach our practice in a half-hearted or not fully committed manner.  Then, …

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13

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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06

Jun'18

Categorizing Buddhist Teaching: Three Levels

Three Levels We can categorize Buddhist teachings in many different ways.  In this video excerpt from a teaching in Malaysia, Phakchok …

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14

May'18

Genuine Compassion

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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09

Feb'18

Accumulating Causes for Enlightenment

In this video teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche reminds us that the essence of our mind is already enlightened. Yet, even though our nature is pure, that does not imply that we then need to do nothing. We need to accumulate merit!

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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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