bodhicitta

Three Modes of Faith, Bodhichitta, and Refuge

Nov 17, 2018

Today, on Guru Rinpoche day, I’d like to share with you all a short instruction. There are three modes that pertain to what can be perceived. These are: 1. apparent, 2. hidden, and 3. extremely...

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Building Bodhicitta: Part One

Nov 13, 2018

As Buddhist practitioners, we begin by always bringing our practice to our own mind,  and our own level of experience--regardless of what practice we do.  We want to see integration of our practice and our daily life.  And most importantly,...

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Just Be Kind!

Jul 24, 2018

Just be kind! Phakchok Rinpoche observes that as he travels around the world, he finds that many of us have forgotten this basic skill. Basic, simple kindness seems to be disappearing. This simple kindness doesn't belong to any religion or...

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Things to Remember

Jun 23, 2018

Hoping you all are happy and healthy. Here’s a short message on this Guru Rinpoche Day: When you know there's nothing more important than the mind, then you can turn your mind towards the Dharma at that...

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Guru Devotion in Vajrayāna

Jun 13, 2018

Guru Devotion is the key to Vajrayāna practice, Phakchok Rinpoche explains.  When we practice this tradition, we see the guru as the Buddha.  This contrasts with the approach of the other vehicles. ...

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Real Kindness: No Agenda

Jun 1, 2018

Real kindness means that you aren't looking for praise or thanks. We don't attach strings to that kindness--we act kindly without expectation. Agenda-free kindness doesn't look for something in return. And, on a spiritual level, this pure kindness doesn't include...

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Genuine Compassion

May 14, 2018

Genuine compassion, Phakchok Rinpoche explains, is compassion free of any aggression. Moreover, that compassion does not have grasping. This compassion is much more gentle. Ultimate or genuine compassion does not have the thought, "I need to save real sentient beings."...

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Mahāyāna Teaching: The King of Aspiration Prayer: Part Three

Jan 10, 2018

In this final teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche reminds us that we can do this aspiration prayer as often as we...

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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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Motivation and Excitement

Apr 18, 2017

If our motivation for Buddhist practice is based on excitement, what happens when that excitement goes away? And the excitement does go away -- that's why we call it excitement! Rinpoche has discovered that students may confuse motivation with emotional...

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