Self-reflection

Contemplate Impermanence

Contemplate Impermanence: How Do We Follow That Instruction?

We know that we ourselves will eventually die. We know, and yet … are we really taking these teachings to heart as the Buddha and the teachers encourage us to do? Do we truly believe that this could be our last Dharma talk or meditation session? Have we become bored with these reflections?

Check yourself! The Tool of Reflection By Nina Eder

Check Yourself! The Tool of Reflection

Image by Daniel Mingook Kim on Unsplash By Nina Eder When I first heard Phakchok Rinpoche talking about reflecting on our mind, I didn’t think that

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?

Practicing Dharma: Continuous Journey

When we really want to practice Dharma we wish to carry on until we die. We don’t want to stop! Dharma practice is a continuous journey. Of course, we want to continue until enlightenment but as we begin, we can think, “I want to practice at least until death”.

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.

Self-reflection

Self-Reflection on the Spiritual Path

We’re busy people and have lots of responsibilities and activities, so often we may forget to engage in self-reflection.  But, we may want to look carefully at what we prioritize.  If we don’t make time for self-reflection, we don’t need to apologize–but we should remind ourselves how important this is.  And we should begin our meditation sessions with a few minutes of reflection–don’t leave it to the last thing we do. If we form the habit of checking ourselves, we are actually taking steps toward becoming a bodhisattva, a buddha.

Renunciation

Renunciation: Wake-up Call

If we are serious about the Buddhist path, then we can and should reflect on the fundamentals.  Here, Phakchok Rinpoche reminds us to reflect on impermanence and on renunciation.

Meditation Without Reflection Is Blind

When reflecting, it is important to do so with your practice, personality, responsibility, and so forth. Reflect on your actions and reflect on your self. When you don’t reflect, you are like a blind person, not knowing where you are heading.