mind training

Buddha’s Radical Two-Step Approach to Happiness -

Sep 3, 2020

By Erric Solomon Over 2,500 years ago, a man sat under a Bodhi tree and had a completely radical insight: suffering was caused by ignorance about who we really are. This ignorance...

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Meditation Training with Focus -

Oct 17, 2019

"Meditation training with focus" takes many forms. As we begin to build a habit of mindfulness, we can use one or more of these techniques. For example, in a meditation session or sometime in our day, we may...

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Cultivating New Habits for Busy Minds -

Oct 10, 2019

Cultivating new habits is what meditation is all about.  The most basic Tibetan term for meditation, gom (Tib. sgom), means cultivation, habituation or development.  As we meditate, we train our minds to...

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Mental Maintenance Creates Stability -

Oct 3, 2019

"Mental Maintenance" means working with our own minds. Anxiety, depression, and stress can affect anybody.  First, we need to take care of our actual physical needs, but then we also should care for our minds.  Mental maintenance signifies stability.  So...

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5 Ways to Radically Increase your Joy -

May 28, 2019

By Erric Solomon Buddhists often wonder if happiness is too trivial a thing to worry about. While it is true that the ultimate realization of Buddhist practice is far more profound, when...

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Experience Opens Understanding -

Dec 11, 2018

How do we begin Buddhist practice? We can first listen to explanations from a qualified teacher, and take time to reflect on what we have heard--trying to understand a little more. Then, after a lot of studies we then gradually...

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Practicing Meditation: Three Main Points -

Aug 21, 2018

Practicing meditation is a key point of applying Buddhist Dharma. And many other traditions also feature meditation.  Phakchok Rinpoche suggests that we need to approach practice gradually because most of us have a number of bad habits. First of all,...

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Real Kindness: No Agenda -

Jun 1, 2018

Real kindness means that you aren't looking for praise or thanks. We don't attach strings to that kindness--we act kindly without expectation. Agenda-free kindness doesn't look for something in return. And, on a spiritual level, this pure kindness doesn't include...

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Five Negative Emotions -

Apr 3, 2018

Five negative emotions cause us so many problems. In this audio clip, Phakchok Rinpoche explains how the Buddha  taught about the mind and about actions. Rinpoche describes these five as they might arise in our daily lives. He also demonstrates how...

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Three Pillars of Tibetan Vajrayāna Practice -

Dec 5, 2017

Phakchok Rinpoche advises listeners on the best way to enter the Tibetan Vajrayāna Buddhist path by relying on three pillars to build a strong...

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