Buddhist practice

Renunciation: Wake-up Call

Oct 23, 2018

If we are serious about the Buddhist path, then we can and should reflect on the fundamentals.  Here, Phakchok Rinpoche reminds us to reflect on impermanence and on...

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Buddha Nature: Our Ground

Sep 11, 2018

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 of all sentient beings, the ground of the Buddha, the ground of all dharmas, and...

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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.  Everything runs...

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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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Protection Chakras and Prayers

Nov 28, 2017

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 of death. Related with this, Rinpoche explains the importance of wearing protection chakras and requesting...

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Making Peace and Purifying Our World

Aug 2, 2017

For today's message, Phakchok Rinpoche offers insight into Kyepar Pakpey, the seventh manifestation of Guru Rinpoche. At the heart of this practice is making peace with all sentient beings and showing respect for the environment and those beings and aspects...

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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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Let the Dharma Resonate: Be Decisive!

Jan 17, 2017

Let the Dharma resonate fully by accumulating merit. This is the best method, Rinpoche advises. But we do this without lots of expectations and thoughts that there is some sort of magical Pandora's box that will transform us. That is...

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