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Buddhist Practice

Vulture Peak

Sustain the Treasure of Samadhi

Phakchok Rinpoche shares a little bit of his new book, “In the Footsteps of Bodhisattvas”, in which he teaches how the essence of meditation naturally

Maha Guru

The Importance of Dignity

On the auspicious day of the birthday of Maha Guru Padmasambhava, Phakchok Rinpoche reminds his students about the importance of developing dignity.

Ullambana The Hungry Ghost Month

Ullambana: The Hungry Ghost Month

What is Ullambana, or the Hungry Ghost Month? In Chinese culture, commonly known as the Hungry Ghost Festival, the practice of burning extensive offerings made

Experience opens understanding

Experience Opens Understanding

How do we begin Buddhist practice? We can first listen to explanations from a qualified teacher, and take time to reflect on what we have

Buddha Nature: Our Ground

Buddha-nature refers to the ground, the basic nature that we all share.  It is our “starting point”, so to speak. We refer to the ground

Celebrate Chokhor Duchen

Celebrate Chökhor Düchen!

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

Improving Ourselves on the Buddhist Path

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

Ethical behavior

Ethical Behavior in Buddhism: The Virtues

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

Protection Chakras and Prayers

Happy Guru Rinpoche Day! In today’s video, Phakchok Rinpoche introduces Raksha Tötreng, the manifestation of Guru Rinpoche who is known to protect against uncertain time