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Transforming Negative Appearances

Aug 31, 2017

Dear friends near and far Hello. Happy Guru Rinpoche Day. Today I want to talk about the manifestation of Guru Rinpoche in Tukdrub Barché Kunsel, called Dzutrül Duchen—the Great Powerful Magical Master,...

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Sense of Balance

May 30, 2017

When we interact with our partners, our parents, our children, and our extended family, we should always switch our perspective back and forth between ourselves and others. This helps us maintain a balance. This sense of balance reduces the likelihood...

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Sharing our Practice with Family and Friends

May 23, 2017

How do we skillfully share our understanding and our practice? Phakchok Rinpoche here shares some suggestions after years of working with students from many...

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Bodhicitta Aspiration and Application

May 9, 2017

Bodhicitta of aspiration means the to wish to benefit beings and for all beings to be enlightened. Application means integrating that with everything we do....

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Taming the Maras

May 5, 2017

Dear Friends Near and Far, Today I want to return to the Twelve Manifestations of Guru Padmasambhava. Removing obstacles, are important. So Guru Rinpoche manifested as Dükyi Shechen, which means “taming the maras.” Dükyi Shechen is the manifestation of Vajra...

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Balancing Dharma and Life Through Kindness

Jan 23, 2017

Balancing Dharma and life can be difficult to do well. Phakchok Rinpoche understands that many of us have a spiritual practice and life...

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Radically Happy: Everyone Can Do It!

Apr 22, 2016

Not everyone wants to become a Buddhist--but doesn’t everyone want to be able to flourish and enjoy what life has to offer?  Every human being wants happiness, right?  We all want to be able to cope, without totally losing it...

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Unhappy at Work? Advice on Transformation

Apr 4, 2016

We can learn how to deal with job-dissatisfaction and work-related stress. In this video, Tulku-la reminds us that we often blame the boss or our co-workers for bad situations. Often we make judgments quickly and misinterpret situations. And if we...

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How To Practice – Three Key Points For Lay Practitioners

Dec 1, 2015

We often request simple instructions for how to integrate practice with our busy modern lives. As lay practitioners, we have many demands on our time, and we can often feel frustrated or unsure of our priorities. Learn here how...

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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.