The Path of Meditation Level One
The practice of meditation has a twofold benefit: relatively you develop a balanced and healthy life, while ultimately you connect with and come to know your awakened Buddha nature. You are warmly invited to The Path of Meditation Home Practice Program, an authentic and dynamic approach to the living wisdom tradition of the Buddha’s teachings, taught and guided by Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche.
What is the Path of Meditation and Mahāmudrā?
According to Buddhist tradition, meditation is comprised of many approaches which can all be categorized into two types: calm abiding and clear seeing. The Buddhist teachings encompass the foundational Theravāda traditions, the Mahāyāna sūtra traditions, and the Vajrayāna lineages. The Vajrayāna meditation system emphasizes two main approaches, namely Mahāmudrā and Dzogchen.
In the following video clip, Phakchok Rinpoche explains the Path of Meditation in general and specifically emphasizes the benefits of the Mahāmudrā path of gradual progress.
What are the Benefits of Meditation?
When we begin on the path of meditation and, in particular the path of Mahāmudrā, naturally the question may arise: why practice this? Why meditate? What is the benefit for my life and those around me if I practice meditation? In this short video, Phakchok Rinpoche explains how meditation practice can be beneficial for your daily life. He then stresses the ultimate benefits of the spiritual level.
About Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche
Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche was born in 1981 and is a lineage holder of the Chokling New Treasures lineage of the Nyingma tradition and one of the throne-holders of the Riwoche Taklung Kagyu lineage. Phakchok Rinpoche’s primary root gurus are his grandfather, the late Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, and late Kyabje Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche. Rinpoche is from a family lineage of awareness-holders who for centuries have held an unbroken lineage of the Nyingma and Kagyu teaching.
Phakchok Rinpoche completed a traditional education from the Dzongsar Shedra (monastic university) in India, earning a Khenpo degree. He received the complete Chokling New Treasures lineage from his grandfather Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and his father Kyabje Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche and the Great Perfection hearing lineage from Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche.
Rinpoche’s teaching style is direct, addressing the needs of those present; traditional, not compromising the methods of practice and transmission in the slightest; and accessible, teaching the profound meaning in a way that is understandable and that touches the hearts of people from diverse backgrounds. In the Home Practice Program, Rinpoche presents the material in short, clear modules so that you have the opportunity to properly reflect on the message of the instructions.
The curriculum of this program is structured according to the Path Of Meditation practice chart which has been carefully laid out by Phakchok Rinpoche. This one page chart summarizes the traditional path of Mahāmudrā instruction. The meditation trainings begin with calm abiding and progress step-by-step to clear seeing and then the main practice: supreme clear seeing of essential Mahāmudrā. There are numerous teachings in this program to support your learning and understanding of the important points of the Buddha’s teachings, particularly in relation to the path of practice. The main focus of this program, however, is meditation itself.