Holistic Living

Questions on Karma: Choosing Not to Swing

May 2, 2017

Our minds swing back and forth crazily without any stability. That is the "swing" of karma. If we don't "swing" with karma, it cannot do anything to...

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Fairness and Compassionate Complaining

Apr 25, 2017

When is complaining appropriate? Our sense of what is fair can often be mixed with self-righteousness or anger. We should use...

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Addictive Behavior: Dealing with the Mind

Apr 11, 2017

One of the guidelines for a tantric practitioner is that he does not have preferences. He is okay with whatever food, drink, or circumstance appears. It is possible to reduce our addictions with that kind of...

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Renunciation for Householders: Detachment with Responsibility

Apr 4, 2017

Renunciation means we should be detached, but not irresponsible. Every bodhisattva has renunciation, but that does not mean they are...

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Human Rights and Kindness

Mar 21, 2017

Many of us may have experienced genuine harm from others in the past or we may be experiencing this now. Phakchok Rinpoche agrees that such circumstances can put us in a very tough place that can make it hard for us...

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Transforming Anger into Strength

Feb 28, 2017

Transforming anger is a skill we can all work to achieve. We often feel that we have the right or to be angry, but anger does not solve our...

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Rhythm of Happiness General Talk (Part 2)

Feb 10, 2017

Rhythm can develop into a deeper practice with more complexity. In the second part of this talk, Phakchok Rinpoche explains how we may continue to...

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Avoiding Burnout by Making Time to Meditate

Jan 30, 2017

Many of us want to be helpful and do charity or volunteer work since it is needed in so many places, but it can also result in...

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Balancing Dharma and Life Through Kindness

Jan 23, 2017

Balancing Dharma and life can be difficult to do well. Phakchok Rinpoche understands that many of us have a spiritual practice and life...

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Perception: Understanding Its Power

Dec 13, 2016

Perception has power and it can be surprisingly strong. Normally, perception and habits work together to create a mistaken view of our world.Perception always comes from first not knowing. Perception is the mind’s expression or its reflection. It does not...

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Suggested Reading

Dudjom Rinpoche, The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, trans. and ed. by Gyurme Dorje and Matthew Kapstein (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1991), vol. 1, pages 468–474.

Ngawang Zangpo, Guru Rinpoche: His Life and Times, Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2002.

Nyoshul Khenpo, A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage, trans. Richard Barron (Junction City: Padma Publishing, 2005), pages 41–48.

Padmasambhava, Legend of the Great Stupa, Berkeley: Dharma Publishing, 1973

Padmasambhava & Jamgön Kongtrul, The Light of Wisdom, trans. by Erik Pema Kunsang (Boudhanath: Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 1986-1999), pages 43-47 & Appendix 5.

Taranatha, The Life of Padmasambhava, Shang Shung Edizioni, 2005

Tulku Thondup, Masters of Meditation and Miracles, Shambhala, 1996.

Yeshe Tsogyal, Life and Liberation of Padmasambhava, translated by Kenneth Douglas and Gwendolyn Bays (Emeryville: Dharma Publishing, 1978, republished 2008).

Yeshe Tsogyal, Lotus Born: The Life Story of Padmasambhava, Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 2004.

‘The Life of Guru Padmasambhava’ in A Great Treasure of Blessings, The Tertön Sogyal Trust, 2004.