Guru Rinpoche Day Teachings

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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.

Guru Rinpoche’s Body, Speech, and Mind Blessings

May 1, 2012

About two weeks ago we were on a pilgrimage following the footsteps of the Lotus Born in Nepal and Sikkim. It was a memorable trip still so vivid and in memory of it, I would like to share Padmasambhava's last...

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Practicing Kindness

Mar 3, 2012

Today I want to relay to you all the importance of practicing kindness. Actually what is kindness? Kindness is the basis of happiness. Kindness is the basis of the life we live. Kindness is the basis of the...

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Five Levels of Motivation

Jan 3, 2012

Today being the first Guru Rinpoche Day message of the year 2012, I would like to share with you a teaching given by Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche many moons ago in Bhutan, perhaps the most memorable time of my...

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Random Acts of Kindness (Wisdom and Compassion)

Dec 4, 2011

Whether we are a practicing Buddhist or in some way associated with some element of practicing Buddhism, we can sometimes get so caught up in “doing something Buddhist” to a point where we even forget the ground on which we...

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Keys to Happiness

Nov 5, 2011

We all want to be happy. This is our fundamental aim in life, right? But often we find it difficult to achieve. When we don’t know how to deal with our own emotions and our mind, life can become very...

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The Eight Faults

Oct 6, 2011

And now to continue on where I left off last month from Calling the Guru from Afar. Last time we went over the four preliminary contemplations: samsara, precious human birth, impermanence, and karma. Today we will go over the eight...

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Calling the Guru From Afar

Sep 7, 2011

On an occasion like this, I'm reminded of the prayer, Calling the Guru from Afar by the Great Rime master, Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye. When reciting this prayer, it is crucial to have a firm confidence in the fact that...

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Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

Aug 8, 2011

My teachings today will be the heartfelt teachings from my loving Guru, secret Yogi, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche. He said, remembering our motivation is most important, and that the five fingers of the hand can be used to represent our...

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Anniversary of the Lotus Born Guru

Jul 10, 2011

I hope that this reminder on this very auspicious Guru Rinpoche Day becomes a means for you to stabilize your ground, that it gives you the strength to not drift away from the path and at the same time gives...

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Mindfulness is the Mirror of the Mind

Apr 13, 2011

On this Guru Rinpoche Day, I would like to share with you a pith instruction which my master, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche repeatedly uttered. It is my hope that this heartfelt advice helps you and guides you on the path. I...

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