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Losar: Tibetan New Year

Losar literally means ‘New Year’ in Tibetan. Tibetans celebrated a New Year harvest festival prior to the introduction of Buddhism into Tibet. Many elements of the ancient harvest festival remain, however Buddhist rituals easily incorporated these ancient practices.

Scent Offerings in Vajrayana Buddhism

From our earliest records, we know that followers of the Buddha perfumed their sacred spaces with incense and scented unguents. Tibetan Buddhists set up shrines

Instant Liberation

Stories to Increase Devotion and Trust

In this recording, Phakchok Rinpoche recounts stories of the life and activities of the Mahāguru Padmasambhava or Guru Rinpoche. Rinpoche talks about the prophecy made

The Lake-Born Guru’s Heart Essence (Guru Tsokyé Nyingtik)

It is mentioned in Lamrim Yeshe Nyingpo, The Gradual Path of the Wisdom Essence, by Guru Rinpoche, that there are four levels of heart-practice or guru sadhana: the outer is Barché Künsel, the inner is Sampa Lhündrup, the secret is Tsokyé Nyingtik, and the innermost secret is Dorjé Draktsal.

Five Negative Emotions

Five Negative Emotions

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 subtly these five negative emotions may influence our behavior.