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Dharma : Understanding Mind

Jun 27, 2018

Dharma means understanding the mind--our own mind-- and how it functions. When we hear the word "Dharma" we can realize that we are engaging in a new process of examination.  Instead of looking outward, we are turning the focus inward...

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Categorizing Buddhist Teaching: Three Levels

Jun 6, 2018

Phakchok Rinpoche presents one classic view of three levels of teaching as laid out in the Tibetan Buddhist perspective.   Here, he explains that buddhas teach differently according to the capabilities and inclinations of their audience.  Therefore, we see different levels...

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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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Why Meditate? What Does Meditation Offer?

May 7, 2018

Why meditate? What benefits does meditation bring, and why might we want to take the time for practice? Phakchok Rinpoche, in this video teaching from a talk at Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Cooperstown, New York, points out very concrete...

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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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Meditation: Not Just Sitting

Mar 27, 2018

Meditation certainly includes formal sitting practice, but we can appreciate that there is more to it than that! Here, Phakchok Rinpoche explains that meditation doesn't just mean sitting on a cushion and watching our breath. Nor does it mean just...

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Learning What the Buddha Taught: A One-Minute Reminder

Mar 20, 2018

Learning what the Buddha taught could take a lifetime of study, contemplation, and meditation. However, the Buddha often summarized his teachings in simple, easy-to-understand key points. Here, in a one-minute reminder, Phakchok Rinpoche explains the heart of the...

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Transformation and Seeing Mind

Mar 13, 2018

Transformation is something that many of us seek. Some of us might attend a talk about meditation or mindfulness if we think it leads to positive change. But when we first hear the word "dharma," we might not have any...

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Impermanence and Freedom

Mar 7, 2018

Khenpo Gyaltsen knows that discussions of impermanence can cause strange reactions. Our nature is impermanent. There is no reason to feel unhappy about it. We see it all around us in small things, don't...

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Be Gentle with Yourself!

Mar 3, 2018

In this video instruction, Phakchok Rinpoche responds to a student's question about thoughts arising during four foundations practice sessions. Rinpoche advises the student to look at the thought as it arises: look at the thought and then rest. Always try...

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