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.

Being Patient and Farsighted and Enduring Hardship

Aug 10, 2021

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,...

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Multiplying Effects: Five Ways of Multiplying Merit

Jul 1, 2021

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....

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Speaking Moderately and in a Gentle Way

Jun 1, 2021

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,...

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Remembering the Buddha on Saga Dawa Duchen

May 25, 2021

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! Remembering the Buddha on Saga Dawa Duchen—his birth,...

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Not Being Influenced by Evil Companions

May 12, 2021

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,...

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Maintaining Meditation Discipline

Mar 30, 2021

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 origin of true discipline is the mind....

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Having Little Jealousy

Mar 16, 2021

Jealousy sneaks up on us in many ways and it can be a tricky mental state to isolate. The Tibetan term (phrag dog) is a translation from the Sanskrit word Īrṣyā. According to the Mahayana Abhidharma, jealousy is one...

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Repaying Debts on Time and Not Cheating With Weights and Measures

Mar 4, 2021

Although some readers might believe Buddhism and business have little to do with one another, history shows us a different story. The Buddha himself taught merchants and rulers, and members of the merchant class aided in spreading the teachings throughout...

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Seeing the Buddha, Becoming the Buddha: Formal Meditation Instruction from Phakchok Rinpoche

Nov 12, 2020

Within In the Footsteps of Bodhisattvas, Phakchok Rinpoche clearly shows how genuine meditation is contingent upon bringing together many supportive conditions. However, Rinpoche also articulates methods for contained formal sessions that are effective, profound, and transformative....

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Celebrating Lha Bab Düchen

Nov 6, 2020

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 day of the ninth month of the...

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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.