five poisons

Truly Understanding the Five Poisons

Truly understanding the five poisons, also known as the five negative emotions, is a crucial step for mental well-being. In this audio teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche reminds us that it is not enough to know the names of the poisons. If we simply memorize the five, we don’t benefit much. On the other hand, we will be able to transform if we learn how to recognize how these poisons manifest.

Defining Dharma

Defining Dharma is an important place to begin. First, we must know about Dharma and then about meditation. Dharma means the transformation of our mind.


Have Patience with the Teachings!

Have patience with the teachings and with yourself. Phakchok Rinpoche gives advice that the proper attitude for receiving teachings is with an open mind.

Buddhism: Philosophy or Religion?

Philosophy or religion? Which is Buddhism? It is a common question. You can find many people who offer very different opinions. What is Buddhism all about?

Contentment and the Mind

A key teaching of Buddhism is contentment. To understand what this means, we need to see our own experience. Contentment is a state…


Tolerance and Mind Training

Dharma practice means training our minds. What kind of mind training do we need as dharma practitioners? Tolerance training!

Buddhist dignity

Buddhist Dignity: Gentle Looseness and Not Too Reactive

Dignity. What does the word mean to you? Phakchok Rinpoche speaks often on the subject of dignity. It is a vital quality for a dharma practitioner. Dignity is not pride that looks down on others. Dignity comes with compassion.

faith and the mind

Faith and the Mind

Phakchok Rinpoche explains that the mind is the base. He then uses the metaphor of a beautiful flower, on that fundamental base, to represent the steadiness of faith.

Knowing Dharma Is Nothing: Doing Dharma Is Something

If we actually “do Dharma” then we can learn how to turn our experience around. If we don’t do this, we are like someone who continues taking poison even though we know that the poison will harm us. Giving in to our thoughts is exactly the same as knowingly swallowing that poison.