The Three Wheels

We can summarize the Buddhist spiritual path within what we call the three wheels  (‘khorlo mam gsum). of Buddha activity.  When a sincere student embarks on the genuine path he or she is highly encouraged to utilize all three wheels on the path in order receive genuine blessings.

  • The wheel of listening and reflecting
  • The wheel of relinquishing through meditation
  • The wheel of altruistic activity

The Wheel of Listening and Reflecting 

Dharma Teachings


Rinpoche teaches constantly throughout the year, wherever he may be. When he is in residence in Nepal, he regularly  teaches the monks, nuns, and lay practitioners.  He also maintains an intensive travel and teaching schedule in Asia, North and South America, and Europe.   Rinpoche engages in public teachings,university lectures and dharma center programs throughout the world.

Rinpoche’s teachings are direct, lively, and practical with a strong emphasis on the view of emptiness, the heart of the Buddha’s teachings. He works with students to help them reach the progressive recognition of the uncontrived non-conceptual meditation. In all of Rinpoche’s teachings, he emphasizes the combination and balance of meditation, mind training, and Vajrayāna practice based upon a precise understanding of the view.

The Wheel of Relinquishing through Meditation

The Two Fundamental Meditation Practices

Śamatha (calm abiding)

Calm abiding meditation works with the conceptual mind in order to become calm, clear, one-pointed and undistracted.  There are two main kinds of śamatha:

  1. Śamatha with an object, where mind is focused on positive thoughts through the use of mindfulness. Here, the mind’s main qualities are being clear and undistracted.
  2. Śamatha without an object, leaving the mind as it is, calm and spacious.

Śamatha can also be divided into three types: active, less active and non-active.

Vipaśyanā (clear, superior seeing)

Insight meditation or superior seeing uses analytical and resting meditation on selflessness and emptiness.

  1. Here, the mind’s main qualities are being clear and undistracted.
  2. There is also the practice of supreme vipaśyanā where one goes beyond conceptual mind and into the field of the wisdom of rigpa through the practices of Mahāmudrā and Dzogchen, the Great Perfection.

The practices of the development and completion stages of the secret mantra Vajrayāna path are also included here.

The Wheel of Altruistic Activity

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Rinpoche is also actively engaged in many other dharmic and humanitarian activities, such as the oversight of monasteries, Dharma centers, healthcare and education projects, the production  of important ritual items, and the printing and translation of Dharma texts. These are run primarily through the Chokgyur Lingpa Foundation, which was founded by Rinpoche and his father, Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche in 2006.