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Wisdom Blog

The Wisdom Blog section contains advice and instruction from Phakchok Rinpoche and his senior instructors. Each short blog post contains essential guidance and tips for living a more meaningful life.  Posts are archived in general categories, ranging from beginners to more advanced.   Topics include advice on handling emotions and balancing priorities.   We also share general Buddhist knowledge and introduce Buddhist art, festivals, and ritual.

We post new audio, video and written teachings with supplementary information every week. These short recollections provide a solid foundation of support for your dharma practice. Rinpoche often reminds us to check our own progress.  And we do this by measuring  our personal transformation. His advice is to use all the tools that are available to us. Thus we draw inspiration from authentic teachings to enhance our dharma practice. These Wisdom Blogs remind us of concrete methods to use in our enhancement and self-examination process.

Also, remember to visit the Global Sangha Discussion forum to discuss these teachings or to post questions.  Many of the blogs have reflection questions or exercises.  Please engage with the teaching by posting your comments below each post, or use the forum.  We can all benefit as a global sangha from sharing our study and reflection. We’d love to hear how you incorporate the techniques and how they help you maintain your practice.

Finally, if you have other questions or topics that you would like to see featured here, please let us know. The entire Samye team wants to support you along the path!

Archives

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May 18

Being confident and decisive

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......

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May 18

Genuine Compassion

Genuine Compassion Genuine compassion, Phakchok Rinpoche explains, is compassion free of any agression. Moreover, that compassion does not have grasping. This compassion is much more......

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May 18

Why Meditate? What Does Meditation Offer?

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 benefits.......

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May 18

Saga Dawa and Saga Dawa Düchen

Saga Dawa Düchen occurs on the full moon (the 15th day) of the fourth Tibetan lunar month.  In 2018, the calendar date is May 29. In India, people refer to this month as Vaishakha . Buddhists throughout Asia often refer to the full moon day as “Wesak” or Buddha Purnima (full moon day).......

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Apr 18

Who Was the Buddha?

Who was the Buddha? We see the image so often these days and we may know some quotes attributed to him, but what do we really know about the historical Buddha? Why might his own story be relevant for us? Here, in an audio clip from a teaching given in Cooperstown, New York, Phakchok Rinpoche gives a short introduction.......

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Apr 18

Unselfish Meditation

When we practice meditation, we should aim for unselfish meditation. That means we need to learn how to set our motivation. In this audio teaching from a teaching in Malaysia, Phakchok Rinpoche discusses how to generate proper motivation.......

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Apr 18

Belief Through Practice

Belief or faith can mean different things depending on the context. Without any investigation, we may think that belief implies a blind, almost ignorant attitude. In this audio teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche discusses his own belief in the Buddha's teaching and reminds us that solid belief comes about through practice.......

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