Mahayana

Maintaining Meditation Discipline

Although we often understand discipline to refer to the actions of the body and the quality of our speech, Phakchok Rinpoche reminds us that the

Tonglen Practice: Developing Bodhicitta

“Mindfulness is a mirror of our mind and motivation is a mirror of our dharma practice”.

Here we can understand motivation to mean tonglen–the development of bodhicitta. By practicing tonglen, we increase our loving kindness, our compassion and ultimately our bodhicitta.

Buddha Nature: Where Is It?

When we hear that our innate nature is Buddha -nature, are we confident that it is so? How do we develop dignity–a sense of certainty in our innate nature?

Motivation: The Real Meaning of Bodhicitta

In this teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche challenges us to come to understand the correct motivation. “Motivation is a reflection of yourself”, he teaches. This shows how important it is to examine our own minds. We can use the analogy of holding up a mirror–let’s examine ourselves honestly.

We need to know if we are self-centered, or if we are transforming to be more aware of others. But we can develop more than just concern for others. Going deeper, we can reflect and think about how we can really help.

Beginner Tonglen

Beginner Tonglen Meditation

Tulku Migmar explains in this video clip how we can begin to work with the profound practice of Tonglen.   Moreover, he advises how we can incorporate this “Beginner Tonglen” within any of our meditation sessions.

Ground, Path, Fruition

Mahāyāna Practice Supports

As Vajrayāna and Mahāyāna practitioners we can regularly engage in self-reflection to check our progress.

We gradually train in understanding these crucial points to give our practice a strong foundation.

Aspirations

Aspirations Reflect Our Motivation

We all have aspirations in life.  But what are our aspirations?  We should reflect and check this in ourselves. Only we can know our own