motivation

Change: Why Do We Need to Practice the Four Mind Changings?

Jan 27, 2018

Khenpo Gyaltsen recently taught the four mind changings in Sao Paolo, Brasil. In this excerpt from his talk, Khenpo-la explains that first we have to appreciate the need for...

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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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Becoming Genuine: First Steps for Authentic Buddhist Practice

Dec 15, 2017

Becoming genuine should be a milestone that we can use to measure our practice. We can learn how to become fully genuine. To begin on the Dharma path, we develop more successfully if we don't have a huge target. Of...

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Buddhist Vision: Enlightenment!

Nov 15, 2017

When we practice meditation, we should have a vision. And our vision should really be vast. We practice to awaken to become...

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Multiplying Effects: 5 Ways of Multiplying Merit

Nov 8, 2017

Practitioners should take advantage of all opportunities to increase the accumulation of merit easily and swiftly. We need to know how to magnify our virtues. Phakchok Rinpoche reminds us regularly that we need to consistently accumulate merit....

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Aspiration: Water for Compassion

Oct 17, 2017

Aspiration is like water, and motivation is like the seed. You plant a seed and want to see the plant grow. Water is the...

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Six Stains of the Listener

Jun 15, 2017

Buddhist teachers describe 14 types of mistaken conduct, including six stains. We are instructed to avoid these mindsets when listening to the Dharma....

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Self-Encouragement in Practice

Jun 6, 2017

In this audio teaching given at Riwoche Temple in Toronto, Phakchok Rinpoche relates personal examples of how he encourages...

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Bodhicitta Aspiration and Application

May 9, 2017

Bodhicitta of aspiration means the to wish to benefit beings and for all beings to be enlightened. Application means integrating that with everything we do....

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Motivation and Excitement

Apr 18, 2017

If our motivation for Buddhist practice is based on excitement, what happens when that excitement goes away? And the excitement does go away -- that's why we call it excitement! Rinpoche has discovered that students may confuse motivation with emotional...

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