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.

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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Repaying Those Who Have Previously Shown Kindness

Nov 3, 2020

Societal Human Values Series #11 Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo, (Srong-brtsan-sgam-po), reigned 629-650 CE. Among his many achievements, he promoted a moral code known as the Sixteen Principles of Societal Human Values (mi chos gtsang ma bcu...

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On Forgetting

Oct 27, 2020

Phakchok Rinpoche teaches that if we are holding any anger, we are not free. When you’re even mildly annoyed at someone, the mind is disturbed and there is some pain. When you are holding on to a twenty-year grudge, you...

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Opening the Door to Authentic Meditation

Oct 16, 2020

The profound equality of all beings is only known in the moment in which ‘I’ no longer exists. Only through the recognition of emptiness is there stainless compassion. This stainless compassion, inseparable...

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Having Moderate Food and Wealth

Sep 17, 2020

Societal Human Values Series #10 Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo, (Srong-brtsan-sgam-po), reigned 629-650 CE. Among his many achievements, he promoted a moral code known as the Sixteen Principles of Societal Human Values (mi chos gtsang ma bcu...

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