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.

Reflections Upon Wakening

Jul 17, 2015

Phakchok Rinpoche shares with us some key reflections to start your day with, their importance and the benefits they will bring to your...

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The Importance of Accumulating Merit

Jun 25, 2015

Phakchok Rinpoche shares a reminder on the two accumulations. Here he reviews methods relating to the first of the two accumulations: accumulating...

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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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Changing Perception

Apr 29, 2015

Phakchok Rinpoche relects upon his visit to Earthfire Wildlife Sanctuary and how it changed his perception of...

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Motivation, Aspiration, Devotion

Apr 23, 2015

In this video teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche shares with us the importance and relationship between motivation, aspiration and...

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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.