Path of Meditation

Understanding the Fruition of Buddha – The Buddha as Refuge

Nov 17, 2015

It may be helpful to remember that reflection on the qualities and the form of the Buddha has been a traditional meditation technique and can be of great benefit. Buddhist masters often suggest that we focus on particular features as...

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Knowing Dharma Is Nothing: Doing Dharma Is Something

Nov 10, 2015

If we actually “do Dharma” then we can learn how to turn our experience around. If we don’t do this, we are like someone who continues taking poison even though we know that the poison will harm us. Giving in...

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Mind Is the Key: Dharma Versus Non-Dharma

Oct 21, 2015

When we turn our minds inward and investigate the core nature of our mind, what do we find? In this final audio clip, Rinpoche reminds us that this very mind nature is enlightenment. Mind nature remains full of all qualities...

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Mahamudra Level One – Question and Answers October 2015

Oct 16, 2015

Phakchok Rinpoche invited his students from all around the world to ask questions relating to Mahamudra – The Path of Meditation Level One. Questions From Students How can one be non-judgmental yet...

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Awakening

Oct 9, 2015

Rinpoche addresses the issue of the difficulty of achieving enlightenment--or “waking up”. His answer may be startling--he says that it is actually very easy. He points out that it is our own mindset that creates problems. We develop the habit...

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Kalpas of Merit in One Moment

Sep 16, 2015

Phakchok Rinpoche assures us that enlightenment is possible. Actually, there is a thin line dividing buddhas and sentient beings. So, the difference between buddha and sentient beings is that a buddha sees the true nature of the mind and understands...

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How to Be Like a Lion, Not Like a Dog

Aug 15, 2015

What does it mean to be weak? What does it mean to be like a lion instead of a dog? How do we learn to look at our mind, our...

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Parting from the Four Attachments

Jul 23, 2015

Phakchok Rinpoche comments on the 12th century teaching by the great Sakya master. If you are attached to this life, you are not a true Dharma practitioner. If you are attached to saṃsāra, you do not have renunciation. If you are attached to...

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Develop Certainty in Buddhist Practice

Jun 22, 2015

Phakchok Rinpoche shares advice on how to develop certainty in our practice and reminds us how advises on how to practice in a truly authentic...

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Balancing Family Life and Meditation Practice

Apr 23, 2015

Phakchok Rinpoche talks with Bodhi Kids founder Maya van der Meer about his own experience of balancing family life and...

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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.