Buddhist Philosophy

Phakchok Rinpoche and senior instructors offer regular audio, video and written wisdom teachings. You can check your understanding with reflections or practice exercises. Browse by topic and level according to your interest.

Remembering the Buddha on Saga Dawa Duchen

May everyone who sees a Buddha image, hears the Buddha’s name, or the dhāraṇī—or recalls his qualities—embark on the path to complete and perfect enlightenment!

Rituals at Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Centers

Rituals at Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Centers

Rituals at Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Centers can delight, intrigue, and/or confuse newcomers. Here we offer some brief guidelines for the curious onlooker.

Tibetan Losar: New Year, New Habit!

The best way to welcome the New Year is to begin a new positive habit. In Tibetan, the word gom that we usually translate as “meditation”, more accurately means to “habituate” or “to become used to”. And that’s what a habit is—something we do easily and almost spontaneously.

Lha Bab Düchen

Celebrating Lha Bab Düchen

Lha Bab Düchen (lha babs dus chen) in Tibetan translates as, ‘The Festival of the Descent from Heaven.’ We celebrate this great event on the 22nd

Being Patient and Farsighted and Enduring Hardship

As social beings, we humans learn from those around us. And because we don’t have fixed, unchanging solidity as beings, we make choices. We can choose to follow our innate goodness. If we associate with loving, kind, and open-hearted people, we will naturally develop those qualities. When we acknowledge our basic goodness, we lean toward virtue and surround ourselves with others who share that view.

Multiplying

Multiplying Effects: Five Ways of Multiplying Merit

Practitioners should take advantage of all opportunities to increase the accumulation of merit easily and swiftly. We need to know how to magnify our virtues. Phakchok Rinpoche reminds us regularly that we need to consistently accumulate merit.

Speaking Moderately and in a Gentle Way

As social beings, we humans learn from those around us. And because we don’t have fixed, unchanging solidity as beings, we make choices. We can choose to follow our innate goodness. If we associate with loving, kind, and open-hearted people, we will naturally develop those qualities. When we acknowledge our basic goodness, we lean toward virtue and surround ourselves with others who share that view.

Not Being Influenced by Evil Companions

As social beings, we humans learn from those around us. And because we don’t have fixed, unchanging solidity as beings, we make choices. We can choose to follow our innate goodness. If we associate with loving, kind, and open-hearted people, we will naturally develop those qualities. When we acknowledge our basic goodness, we lean toward virtue and surround ourselves with others who share that view.

Maintaining Meditation Discipline

Although we often understand discipline to refer to the actions of the body and the quality of our speech, Phakchok Rinpoche reminds us that the