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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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Nov 18

Building Bodhicitta: Part One

As Buddhist practitioners, we begin by always bringing our practice to our own mind,  and our own level of experience--regardless of what practice we do. ......

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Nov 18

Ground, Path, Fruition : Applying Buddhist Teachings Holistically

Ground, Path, Fruition are standard categories for describing Buddhist practice.  But when we hear these terms, what do they mean to us individually? Here, Phakchok......

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Nov 18

Magnetizing Activity

Magnetizing Activity is one of the four activities (las bzhi) of Vajrayana deity yoga practice.  We enumerate the four activities as: Pacifying Enriching Magnetizing Subjugating or Subduing......

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Oct 18

Learning Buddhadharma: The Essence

Learning Buddhadharma can be done in a number of ways. Especially in these modern times. We can go to retreats, listen to teachings, take courses, and of course read lots of books. Phakchok Rinpoche reminds us here, however, that learning Dharma actually means understanding the essence: the crucial points.......

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Oct 18

Lha Bab Duchen October 31, 2018

Lha Bab Duchen, or the Great Festival of the Descent from the Gods occurs on October 31, 2018.  This joyful occasion is a merit-multiplying day,......

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Oct 18

Renunciation: Wake-up Call

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......

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Oct 18

Trusting Karma

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 with our physical body or when we speak. However, it may not be so obvious that we create karma when we think as well. ......

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