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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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Dec 17

Becoming genuine: first steps for authentic Buddhist practice

Becoming genuine: an achievable milestone Becoming genuine should be a small milestone that we can use to measure our practice.  We need to know how......

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Dec 17

Malas: Buddhist prayer beads

Malas : What are malas? Why and how do Buddhists use them?

Malas are found throughout Indian traditions. The Sanskrit word mālā means garland–flowers were traditionally strung together on a continuous loop or thread.

When we speak about Buddhist malas we refer to strings of beads. Buddhist practitioners use them to count mantra recitations and prayers.......

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Dec 17

Three Pillars of Tibetan Vajrayāna Practice

Phakchok Rinpoche advises listeners on the best way to enter the Tibetan Vajrayāna Buddhist path by relying on three pillars to build a strong foundation.......

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Nov 17

Taming Our Minds: Advice for Modern Buddhists

Taming our minds remains the most important lesson taught by the Buddha. We really need to understand that the Buddha taught everything so we can understand and tame our minds.......

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Nov 17

Failure: Learning from Our Mistakes

Failure is something we usually try to avoid at all costs. One main reason we fail -- both in mundane and spiritual life -- is we lack decisiveness.......

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Nov 17

Buddhist Vision: Enlightenment!

When we practice meditation, we should have a vision. And our vision should really be vast. We practice to awaken to become Buddhas. ......

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Nov 17

Multiplying Effects: 5 Ways of Multiplying Merit

Practitioners should take advantage of all opportunities to increase the accumulation of merit easily and swiftly. We need to know how to magnify our virtues. Phakchok Rinpoche reminds us regularly that we need to consistently accumulate merit. ......

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