bodhicitta

Check Yourself! The Tool of Reflection

Jul 5, 2019

Image by Daniel Mingook Kim on Unsplash By Nina Eder When I first heard Phakchok Rinpoche talking about reflecting on our mind, I didn’t think that “checking myself” would be of any use....

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Tonglen Practice: Developing Bodhicitta

Jun 25, 2019

"Mindfulness is a mirror of our mind and motivation is a mirror of our dharma practice". Here we can understand motivation to mean tonglen--the development of bodhicitta. By practicing tonglen, we increase our loving kindness, our compassion and ultimately our...

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Training in Kindness

Jun 14, 2019

These days, in a busy and sometimes angry world, we often don’t observe a lot of kindness in our interactions. When we feel this way it can be very helpful to review...

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Meditation: Correct Preparation in Three Steps

Mar 30, 2019

Learning meditation requires both study and actual practice. Correct preparation before starting a meditation session allows us to experience authentic...

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Motivation: The Real Meaning of Bodhicitta

Feb 21, 2019

In this teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche challenges us to come to understand the correct motivation. “Motivation is a reflection of yourself”, he teaches. This shows how important it is to examine our own minds. We can use the analogy of holding...

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Beginner Tonglen Meditation

Feb 4, 2019

Tulku Migmar explains in this video clip how we can begin to work with the profound practice of Tonglen.   Moreover, he advises how we can incorporate this "Beginner Tonglen" within any of our meditation...

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Motivation or Intention

Jan 28, 2019

Motivation or intention precedes any activity, even if we don't realize or acknowledge it. According to traditional Buddhist teachings, the initial motivation really determines whether action is virtuous or non-virtuous.  Giving rise to the right motivation or intention guarantees that...

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Buddhist Science of Mind

Jan 10, 2019

Science of mind occupies a great deal of attention in Buddhist philosophy. This is not some new development; ancient Buddhist texts include major treatises investigating the mind. So, when we begin investigating the mind scientifically, we need to ask...

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Genuine Sincere Motivation

Dec 4, 2018

Genuine sincere motivation builds a steady foundation for practicing the Buddhadharma. Phakchok Rinpoche, here in a teaching given at beautiful Gomde Austria, reminds us that when we come to learn some meditation...

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Exchanging Self and Others: Building Bodhicitta Part Two

Nov 20, 2018

Exchanging self and others is the supreme method for building our bodhicitta. We develop this through a process called tonglen, or "sending and...

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