Mahayana

Guru Devotion in Vajrayāna

Jun 13, 2018

Guru Devotion is the key to Vajrayāna practice, Phakchok Rinpoche explains.  When we practice this tradition, we see the guru as the Buddha.  This contrasts with the approach of the other...

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Categorizing Buddhist Teaching: Three Levels

Jun 6, 2018

Phakchok Rinpoche presents one classic view of three levels of teaching as laid out in the Tibetan Buddhist perspective.   Here, he explains that buddhas teach differently according to the capabilities and inclinations of their audience.  Therefore, we see different levels...

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Genuine Compassion

May 14, 2018

Genuine compassion, Phakchok Rinpoche explains, is compassion free of any aggression. Moreover, that compassion does not have grasping. This compassion is much more gentle. Ultimate or genuine compassion does not have the thought, "I need to save real sentient beings."...

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Unselfish Meditation

Apr 17, 2018

When we practice meditation, we should aim for unselfish meditation. That means we need to learn how to set our motivation. In this audio teaching from a teaching in Malaysia, Phakchok Rinpoche discusses how to generate proper...

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Be Gentle with Yourself!

Mar 3, 2018

In this video instruction, Phakchok Rinpoche responds to a student's question about thoughts arising during four foundations practice sessions. Rinpoche advises the student to look at the thought as it arises: look at the thought and then rest. Always try...

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Precious Human Life

Feb 6, 2018

First, Khenpo requests that we learn about the meaning of a precious human life. Then, he asks us to make an effort to share these teachings with children, family, and friends. Unfortunately, he observes in these stressful modern times, that...

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Mahāyāna Teaching: The King of Aspiration Prayer: Part Three

Jan 10, 2018

In this final teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche reminds us that we can do this aspiration prayer as often as we...

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Mahāyāna Teaching: The King of Aspiration Prayer Part Two

Jan 5, 2018

In the second teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche continues his commentary on the text. He emphasizes that although this aspiration prayer is very ancient, we can see that it is very practical and applicable in our daily...

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Mahāyāna Teaching: The King of Aspiration Prayer Part One

Dec 29, 2017

Bodhisattvas arise from their practice of the path, but mainly through their own aspirations. Here, Phakchok Rinpoche briefly explains the importance of aspiration and the importance of Samantabhadra's...

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Believing Karma

Dec 22, 2017

Believing karma, cause and effect, makes us authentic practitioners. Here, Phakchok Rinpoche speaks very directly to our cynicism and doubts. He says frankly that we need to believe in karma and in past and future...

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