The Path of Meditation Level One
Meditation benefits us in two ways. First, relatively, meditation helps us develop a balanced and healthy life. And ultimately, we connect with awakened Buddha nature.
We warmly invite you to The Path of Meditation Home Practice Program. This program offers an authentic, dynamic approach to the living wisdom tradition taught and guided by Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche.
What is the Path of Meditation and Mahāmudrā?
Buddhist teachings include the foundational Theravāda traditions, the Mahāyāna sūtra traditions, and the Vajrayāna lineages. Within these lineages, teachers describe a wide variety of meditation techniques. Traditionally, we divide these into two major types: calm abiding and clear seeing.
In the following video clip, Phakchok Rinpoche explains the Path of Meditation in general. Then, he specifically emphasizes the benefits of the Mahāmudrā path of gradual progress.
What are the Benefits of Meditation?
Why should we meditate? And does meditation really benefit me and my loved ones? In this short video, Phakchok Rinpoche explains how meditation practice benefits us in daily life. He then stresses the ultimate benefits of the spiritual level.
About Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche
Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche was born in 1981. He holds the Chokling New Treasures lineage of the Nyingma tradition. Additionally, he is 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 comes from a centuries old unbroken family lineage of awareness-holders of the Nyingma and Kagyu teaching.
Phakchok Rinpoche studied at and earned the Khenpo degree from Dzongsar Shedra (monastic university) in India. He received the complete Chokling New Treasures lineage from his grandfather Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and his father Kyabje Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche. Additionally, he received the Great Perfection hearing lineage from Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche.
Rinpoche speaks directly to the needs of modern students. Yet, at the same time, he emphasizes traditional teachings. He often uses humor and personal stories to touch our hearts. Additionally, Rinpoche has traveled widely and taught to people from diverse backgrounds. Moreover, he understands that students have busy lives and many demands. Thus, the Home Practice Program presents classic, authentic instructions in short, clear modules. In this way, students may properly reflect on the message of the instructions.
Phakchok Rinpoche oversaw the design of the Path Of Meditation practice chart. This one page chart summarizes the traditional path of Mahāmudrā instruction. First, we begin meditation training by practicing calm abiding meditation. Next, we progress step-by-step to clear seeing . Finally, we begin the main practice: supreme clear seeing of essential Mahāmudrā.
The practice program includes video and audio teachings. These provide instruction on the important themes of the Buddha’s teachings. Throughout the program, Rinpoche reviews key points of Buddhadharma. Most importantly, he focuses on practice instruction in meditation itself.