dharma practice

Contemplate Impermanence: How Do We Follow That Instruction?

Aug 27, 2019

We know that we ourselves will eventually die. We know, and yet...are we really taking these teachings to heart as the Buddha and the teachers encourage us to do? Do we truly believe that this could be our last Dharma...

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What Devotion Really Is, Part 3 – Infallibly Inseparable

Jul 23, 2019

By Erric Solomon   Infallibility of the Guru There seems to be a lot of talk in Buddhist blogs, magazines and in real-time lectures about what it means for a guru to...

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What Devotion Really Is, Part 2 – Cultivating Devotion and Sometimes Saying No

Jul 16, 2019

By Erric Solomon How to Cultivate Devotion In modern culture, we seem to have lost the traditional regard for our mentors. In the old days, you apprenticed to a trade. Your master...

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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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Ngakso Drubchen 2019 – Kathmandu, Nepal

Mar 25, 2019

From the 14th to the 22nd of March, the monks of the Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal, held the annual Ngakso Drubchen –  “Ocean of Amrita Mantric-mending”. Over the course...

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Buddha Nature: Where Is It?

Mar 24, 2019

We are often asked, “where is Buddha” and we may point to a statue or picture. We point outward but the real Buddha is inside, our innate nature, the nature of our...

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Practicing Dharma: Continuous Journey

Feb 28, 2019

When we really want to practice Dharma we wish to carry on until we die. We don't want to stop! Dharma practice is a continuous journey. Of course, we want to continue until enlightenment but as we begin, we can...

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Ground, Path, Fruition : Applying Buddhist Teachings Holistically

Nov 6, 2018

Buddhahood, or fruition, is actually very close, and very personal to us. We can realize that if we understand that Dharma means our own mind. Be careful not to view Dharma as some sort of exercise or a homework assignment--it's...

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Learning Buddhadharma: The Essence

Oct 30, 2018

Learning Buddhadharma can be done in a number of ways. Especially in these modern times. We can go to retreats, listen to teachings, take courses, and of course read lots of books. Phakchok Rinpoche reminds us here, however, that learning...

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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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