Phakchok Rinpoche shares with us some of Atisha’s Root Verses on Training the mind. This supreme mindtraining offers clear, simple and straightforward advice to anyone who wishes to practice or just improve their lives by changing their way of thinking and acting.
In the first month of the Tibetan year of the Iron Ox, Phakchok Rinpoche shares with us on Guru Rinpoche Day some short advice for practitioners from Kunkhyen Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche and correlates them with the Four Dharmas of Gampopa.
Phakchok Rinpoche shares with us a precious aspiration from Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal to be reborn in the Copper-Colored Mountain. It is a very practical and realisitc prayer which covers every step of the way to rebirth in the pure land.
Phakchok Rinpoche shares a supplication from Princess Mandarava to Guru Rinpoche in order to inspire us in our devotional practice.
On the auspicious day of the birthday of Maha Guru Padmasambhava, Phakchok Rinpoche reminds his students about the importance of developing dignity.
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 and not to be biased or self-righteous, both as practitioners and humans.
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 message, then, I would like to draw from the Sutra of Liberation (Tar Do), which is a well-known sutra in the Tibetan tradition.
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 very important from a worldly perspective.
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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 be honest, even though we do need to study in order to gain deeper knowledge of the Dharma, when it comes to practice, a key ingredient is to keep it simple.