Holistic Living

Truly Understanding the Five Poisons

Nov 29, 2016

Truly understanding the five poisons, also known as the five negative emotions, is a crucial step for mental well-being. In this audio teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche reminds us that it is not enough to know the names of the poisons. If...

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Extending Mindfulness: How to Train

Sep 13, 2016

Extending mindfulness is a type of training. How do we maintain? Phakchok Rinpoche in this video explains that extending is a skill that we need to develop. We approach mindfulness like a runner training for a marathon. Slowly and gently...

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Reflect Without Judgment and Expectation

Sep 6, 2016

Reflect without judgment and expectation when you meditate. It is important and healthy not to judge yourself and not to compare yourself with...

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What Tools Do We Need For a Meaningful Life?

Aug 9, 2016

Meaningful Life Meaningful life –what tools do we need to make our lives truly meaningful? What is important so that we can make the most of our precious human lives? Finally, how do...

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A Habit of Meditation Practice!

Jul 26, 2016

How can we make meditation practice a habit? We need to encourage ourselves. Many of us have good intentions, but our lives are very busy....

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Buddhism: Philosophy or Religion?

Jul 19, 2016

Philosophy or religion? Which is Buddhism? It is a common question. You can find many people who offer very different opinions. What is Buddhism all...

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Spacious and Calm Mind

Jul 8, 2016

Real happiness means having a spacious and calm mind. Happiness is not just about having fun. We become happy when we develop a grounded mind that isn't influenced by whether we have a good day or a bad day. By...

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Distraction: Tools to Avoid the Daze

Jun 28, 2016

Daily distraction. It is a common trap of modern life. We have so many pulls on our attention that we can easily walk around in a daze of distraction. In this video, Phakchok Rinpoche shares a short story. He shares...

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Reducing Ego: A Practical Method

Jun 8, 2016

We hear a lot about reducing ego in Buddhist teachings.  But we often don't know how to go about this. Here Rinpoche gives practical advice on how to go reducing ego.  We can work on reducing ego directly or...

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Judgment is Not Dharma

May 24, 2016

Judgment is a tricky thing for us to acknowledge. In November 2015, Phakchok Rinpoche taught at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery. A major point of his teaching was on how we need to understand our...

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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.