Buddhist practice

Experience Opens Understanding -

Dec 11, 2018

Experience opens understanding of the Buddha’s teaching, the Dharma, in a different way than simply hearing many teachings.  Here, in this audio recording from a September 2018 teaching in Gomde, Austria, Phakchok Rinpoche...

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Renunciation: Wake-up Call -

Oct 23, 2018

Renunciation: Advice for Serious Buddhist Practitioners Renunciation is fundamental to the Buddhist path, and all schools of Buddhism in the three vehicles (Śrāvakayāna , Mahāyāna, and Vajrayāna) emphasize this teaching.  If we are serious...

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Celebrate Chökhor Düchen! -

Jul 16, 2018

Celebrate Chökhor Düchen by recollecting the Buddha's first teaching after his awakening. Tibetan Buddhists commemorate this auspicious event on the fourth day of the sixth Lunar month. In 2018, we celebrate Chökhor Düchen on July...

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Improving Ourselves on the Buddhist Path -

Jul 2, 2018

Improving ourselves, or making progress, while practicing the Buddhadharma should be a natural outcome.  Phakchok Rinpoche observes that we practice correctly when our behavior and our Dharma practice function together. We benefit...

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Ethical Behavior in Buddhism: The Virtues -

Feb 27, 2018

Ethical behavior occupies a central role on the Buddhist path to awakening. Yet often, modern presentations of Buddhist teaching skip over these fundamental principles. In our hurry to jump to the "good stuff," however, we may be missing some crucial...

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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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Sādhana Practice: The Importance of Ritual -

Feb 2, 2017

Sādhana practice is the essence practice of the Vajrayāna tantras. Many great masters brought us important tantras, but in order to practice them, we use practice manual texts. In Tibetan, we use...

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Persistence in Practice -

Dec 27, 2016

Persistence in practice is something we often don't talk much about. But being persistent can make a big difference in our progress on the path. Phakchok Rinpoche, in this video clip from a teaching in Taiwan, has some advice for...

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Learning How to Improve -

Dec 20, 2016

Learning how to improve is an important part of our Dharma practice. Phakchok Rinpoche reminds us of some simple reflections we can practice in this video excerpt from a teaching given in...

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