Self-reflection

From Physics to Dharma, becoming kinder and happier -

May 8, 2019

By Benjamin Schuellein “If you could take and weigh all the smoke, ash, and all the other stuff left over after a fire, it would be heavier than what was burned”, my...

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Self-reflection on the Spiritual Path -

Dec 26, 2018

Self-reflection is crucial for humans to flourish–both on the mundane and on the spiritual path.  Phakchok Rinpoche teaches here in an excerpt from a recent visit to Gomde Austria, making the point...

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Renunciation: Wake-up Call -

Oct 23, 2018

Renunciation: Advice for Serious Buddhist Practitioners Renunciation is fundamental to the Buddhist path, and all schools of Buddhism in the three vehicles (Śrāvakayāna , Mahāyāna, and Vajrayāna) emphasize this teaching.  If we are serious...

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Meditation without Reflection is Blind -

Oct 19, 2018

Dear Friends Near and Far Picking up from where I left off last month, I hope you and your loved ones have been happy and healthy. Since our last message, I have...

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Trusting Karma -

Oct 16, 2018

Trusting karma is something that many of us struggle with in our practice. But are we clear about what karma really means? Here, Phakchok Rinpoche reminds us that the Sanskrit word karma means "action." We create karma when we act...

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Student Reflections on the Four Mind Changings -

May 25, 2018

 The Four Mind Changings The four mind changings form the foundation of the Vajrayāna path. When we commit to this path, we start by practicing the  preliminary practices: the ngöndro. And we begin...

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Being Confident and Decisive -

May 20, 2018

Be Decisive! These days, we all have access to lots of teachings and spiritual guidance. We can quickly find Buddhist as well as other spiritual teachings with a quick internet search. We...

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Letter to Myself -

Apr 25, 2018

Dear Friends Near and Far, I hope you have all been healthy and happy. I am at the moment at my home base in Boudhanath, Kathmandu. I have been spending my mornings...

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Check Yourself! Advice for Buddhist Practitioners -

Feb 1, 2018

How do we become authentic Buddhist practitioners? In this short audio clip from a teaching in Sao Paolo, Brasil, Khenpo Gyaltsen says each one of us needs to remember to "check...

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Building Routine -

Jan 29, 2018

Building routine helps us carry our practice throughout our daily life. Family and work are both very important in our lives. But first, we need to know how to take care of ourselves. In this audio excerpt, Phakchok Rinpoche gives...

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