Impermanence

Contemplate Impermanence: How do We Follow that Instruction? -

Aug 27, 2019

“Contemplate Impermanence”, Buddhist teachers instruct repeatedly.  And if we’ve been to a a number of Dharma talks, we may nod knowingly and yet wait for a more “exciting” subject to emerge.  After...

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Meditation: Three Steps of Correct Preparation -

Mar 30, 2019

Learning meditation requires both study and actual practice. A correct preparation before starting a meditation session is important if we want to experience authentic results. In this audio excerpt from an introductory...

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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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Trusting Karma -

Oct 16, 2018

Trusting karma is something that many of us struggle with in our practice. But are we clear about what karma really means? Here, Phakchok Rinpoche reminds us that the Sanskrit word karma means "action." We create karma when we act...

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Practitioner Phakchok Rinpoche to Lazy Phakchok Rinpoche -

Jul 22, 2018

Dear friends near and far, I am at the moment in Gomde Cooperstown. Hope you all are keeping well and that you are keeping up with your practice. “When keeping up with...

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Student Reflections on the Four Mind Changings -

May 25, 2018

 The Four Mind Changings The four mind changings form the foundation of the Vajrayāna path. When we commit to this path, we start by practicing the  preliminary practices: the ngöndro. And we begin...

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Letter from my Guru -

May 24, 2018

Dear friends Near and Far, I would like to share this message with you all for today’s Guru Rinpoche Day. My son, you need to understand the dharma that I taught you....

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Impermanence and Freedom -

Mar 7, 2018

Khenpo Gyaltsen knows that discussions of impermanence can cause strange reactions. Our nature is impermanent. There is no reason to feel unhappy about it. We see it all around us in small things, don't...

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Common Sense, Uncommon Sense: The Buddha’s Message -

Jan 12, 2018

Over 2500 years ago, the Buddha chose a different approach. We could call it uncommon sense: meaning it was almost the opposite of how we commonly...

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Talking with Children about Death -

Mar 15, 2016

Death is Real We all will experience death. Those that we love and those around us will die. And we ourselves will definitely die. Buddhist teachers repeatedly emphasize reflection on impermanence. This...

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