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Chökhor Düchen – The Great Festival of the First Turning of the Dharma Wheel

Jul 22, 2020

Chökhor Düchen is "The Great Festival of the First Turning of the Dharma Wheel". An overview of the importance and history of this...

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How to Be Pure

Jun 30, 2020

Phakchok Rinpoche talks about the quality of having a calm, relaxed mind state and being content. In order to have contentment, one needs to meditate with dignity. Rinpoche also highlights the importance of choosing proper role models to inspire us...

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Saga Dawa

Jun 1, 2020

Today’s Guru Rinpoche day is very special, because it falls within the month of Saga Dawa. In the Tibetan tradition, Saga Dawa is the month during which the Buddha was born, attained enlightenment, and passed into nirvana. For this special...

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Being Able to See Your Faults Without Losing Your Dignity and Being Patient Without Any Regrets

May 2, 2020

On this Guru Rinpoche day, I would like to share with you some advice about two more qualities that are important both for worldly life and Dharma practice. The first of these qualities is being able to see one’s own...

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The Importance of Being Reliable and Kind-Hearted

Apr 3, 2020

On this Guru Rinpoche day, I would like to tell you about the importance of being honest (gyü drangpo), reliable (gyü tenpo), and kind-hearted (sempa zangpo). Being honest, reliable, and kind-hearted is essential to Dharma practice, but it is also...

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A Big Heart and a Strong Mind

Mar 4, 2020

My aspiration for you in this start of a new year is that you grasp the key points of practice—in particular, keeping a big heart and a strong mind which in Tibetan is called “khokpa chenpo”. First of all, to...

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Bumgyur Dawa: Month of Miracles and Merit

Feb 24, 2020

Bumgyur Dawa: Opportunity to Accumulate Vast Merit Bumgyur Dawa is the Tibetan term for a month where karmic actions are multiplied by 100,000. The first fifteen days of the first month of...

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Losar: Tibetan New Year

Feb 21, 2020

Losar literally means 'New Year' in Tibetan. Tibetans celebrated a New Year harvest festival prior to the introduction of Buddhism into Tibet. Many elements of the ancient harvest festival remain, however Buddhist rituals easily incorporated these ancient...

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Chokgyur Lingpa’s Zangdok Palri Aspirations

Feb 3, 2020

To conclude our Copper-Colored Mountain series on this last Guru Rinpoche day of the year of the pig, I would like to share with you a very special prayer for rebirth in Zangdok Palri, written by the great tertön Chokgyur...

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Reading Namtars

Jan 9, 2020

Reading namtars can be a way to inspire one to practice the Buddhadharma diligently. The term “namtar” (rnam thar) is a shortening of the Tibetan nampar tharpa. In English we translate this...

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