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.

The Illuminating Sun of Wisdom

Jun 26, 2015

As Buddhist practitioners, essentially the two qualities we are striving to develop are wisdom and compassion; wisdom and compassion that are as vast and unmovable as the sky, as stable as a mountain, and as bright as the...

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Compassion in Action

May 28, 2015

Dear Friends Near and Far,

We are trying our best over here in Nepal. Thank you all so much for your support. On this Guru Rinpoche day I would like to remind you of a few things. Through the earthquake relief...

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Nepal Earthquake

Apr 28, 2015

As you all know, on Saturday Nepal suffered a devastating earthquake that took the lives of thousands of people and has left many tens of thousands of others destitute, vulnerable, and filled with fear. Fortunately, our community of monks, nuns,...

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Remember How Lucky You Are

Mar 29, 2015

Happy Guru Rinpoche Day to you all! At the moment I am in Chile and this morning recorded a short video for this month’s email in which I mention three simple...

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Multiplying Month

Feb 28, 2015

I hope you are all well and happy and have been able to find time to practice today. This precious Guru Rinpoche Day falls in what is called 'the multiplying month' according to the Tibetan calendar. This means that this...

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Quotes from the King of Samādhi Sutra

Jan 29, 2015

I hope you are all well wherever you may be. On this precious Guru Rinpoche Day, the first in 2015, I would like to share with you all some quotations from The King of Samadhi Sutra, a very profound teaching...

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The Three Excellences

Dec 31, 2014

As we all know, dharma practice is very important, and in particular, to practice the dharma on a daily basis. Concerning practice, there is a teaching known as 'the three excellences'. This is a most precious teaching and something we...

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Keeping up the Practice

Dec 1, 2014

On this Guru Rinpoche Day, I would like to first share with all of you that I think it is very important to have a balance of dharma practice. We must consider our lack of practice, our lack of understanding,...

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Becoming Fearless

Nov 2, 2014

We all know a bit about dharma. However, most of the time we do not have the teachings and the pith instructions in mind. So, most importantly, keep constantly reminding yourself about the dharma. This is a very important...

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What Does Enlightenment Mean?

Oct 3, 2014

For this Guru Rinpoche Day, I would like to share a clip from my recent teaching at the Drepung Loseling Temple in Atlanta, Georgia. The first main topic of the clip covers the meaning of the word "enlightenment" because this...

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