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.

Genuine Devotion

Mar 15, 2011

The most important auspicious circumstance for practitioners to realize the correct view of emptiness is generating complete non-judgmental and genuine devotion to all the enlightened ones, and by cultivating unbounded and unfabricated compassion for all sentient...

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Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche – Calling the Lama from Afar

Feb 13, 2011

Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche explained that in the Ngak kyi Sojong, we are mending and restoring the commitments of the vows of the individual liberation in accordance with the Hinayana system, the bodhisattva trainings in accordance with the Mahayana system, and...

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Five Unshakeable Fortresses

Jan 14, 2011

The five fortresses are extremely important for all dharma practitioners. If you don’t have these five, then actually it means that you are not doing so...

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The Four Holy Places

Dec 15, 2010

A pilgrimage is an important act of devotion and faith as it enables us to accumulate merit and purify our defilements and obscurations of the body, speech and mind by the power of the blessings of the sacred...

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King Milarepa’s Wealth

Nov 16, 2010

It was during the 10th of this lunar month back in the 8th century when Guru Rinpoche first arrived into Tibet. The great Indian Buddhist master Shantarakshita suggested to King Trisong Detsen to invite Padmasambhava, the Lotus-Born Guru, in order...

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The Difference Between Mind and Wisdom

Oct 17, 2010

Today I thought I’d answer a question that I get asked quite frequently by students: the difference between the mind section and the wisdom...

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Motivation, Meditation, and Mind

Sep 17, 2010

Practicing the dharma is very important, but at the same time, you need to know how to practice the dharma properly. Just by doing some kind of practice or meditation or reciting a sadhana like a daily chore is not...

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Root Tantra of Manjushri

Aug 19, 2010

When we let our emotions overtake us completely, we wind up on the same road making the same mistakes. Again and again, this happens. Why do we have to be so blind and stupid? Therefore, STOP, take a moment to...

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Benefits of Performing Feast Offerings and the Seven Line Prayer

Jul 20, 2010

The word for ‘feast offering’ in Sanskrit is ganachakra, which if translated into Tibetan is tsok kyi khorlo, wheel of accumulation. Gathering the two accumulations of merit and wisdom is the supreme and indispensable method for clearing away the cloud...

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Three Chakras (Wheels)

Jun 21, 2010

It is evening here in Boudhanath, Kathmandu and I’m sitting on my bed, drinking tea, and watching the World Cup: the first half of Chile versus Switzerland. Deliciously lost in time and deeply embedded in the samsaric way of life!...

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