Guru Rinpoche Day Teachings


Phakchok Rinpoche sends out short teachings to all students via email on every Guru Rinpoche day. These messages are composed with the aspiration to inspire students. Rinpoche often uses these teachings to answer frequently asked questions. Also, he suggests topics that remind us to bring our minds home in the midst of our busy lives. Samye Institute maintains an archive of these teachings spanning the last 10 years.

Padmasambhava Comes to Tibet

Jan 21, 2013

On this last Guru Rinpoche Day of the Water Dragon Year of 2139 and with an understanding of these words of Padmasambhava to be a prophecy, I bring to you all with much joy the news of the unfolding and...

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Pith Instructions

Dec 22, 2012

I am going to say few things candidly on today’s Guru Rinpoche Day. Your beliefs don’t make you a better person, your behavior does. Your mind training doesn’t matter when you don’t have compassion. Your meditation doesn’t matter when you...

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The Aspiration of the Vajradhatu Mandala

Nov 23, 2012

I would like to share with you this amazing aspiration made by Guru Rinpoche on the request of Trisong Detsen. This is an aspiration for all the future generations, the precious masters and the precious...

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The Prayer in Seven Chapters to Padmakara

Oct 24, 2012

For today's Guru Rinpoche Day, I would like to share with you an excerpt from "The Prayer in Seven Chapters to Padmakara". And from the fourth chapter, “The Prayer Requested by Namkhé Nyingpo (nam mkha'i snying...

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Sep 25, 2012

For today's Guru Rinpoche Day, I would like to share with you a key that helps unlock the root of all hope and fear. To really understand the dharma, to practice the dharma, and to apply the dharma, you really...

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The Three Qualities

Aug 26, 2012

Whether in your mundane life or your spiritual, always remind your self of the three qualities: Intelligence and wisdom in your brain, compassion in your heart, and dignity and confidence in your...

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Nature of the Mind

Jul 29, 2012

Since I didn’t get much time to think about what to write for today’s post, I thought of sending you this picture of Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, considered to be the living representative of Padmasambhava, he was a great revealer of...

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Five Ways of Practicing Guru Yoga

Jul 28, 2012

Since today is such a special and auspicious day, I thought to say little about “Lamey Naljor” or Guru Yoga, which is the practice of merging your mind with the wisdom mind of the...

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Cycle of Teachings Through Questions and Answers

Jun 29, 2012

Lately I’ve been reading a series of question/answers between the Lotus Born and his Tibetan consort, Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal and then thought of sharing one such with you...

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Self-Liberation in the Bardo of Dying

May 31, 2012

For today’s Guru Rinpoche Day, I thought of extracting few pith instructions by Padmasambhava to his close student, Trisong Detsen and a brief overview of how it all...

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