The Path of Meditation
The Path of Meditation follows in the footsteps of the great yogis of India, such as Saraha, Maitripa, Tilopa, and Nāropā, and the eighty-four mahāsiddhas, the Tibetan masters Marpa, Milarepa, and Gampopa, and in particular, the blessed lineage of Taklung Tangpa. In particular, Phakchok Rinpoche teaches from the pith instructions of his root gurus Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and Kyabje Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche.
It is a gradual path following the traditional sequence of Mahāmudrā, beginning with śamatha and progressing step-by-step to vipaśyanā and then the supreme vipaśyanā of essential Mahāmudrā. One also practices mind training and studies the core points of buddhadharma. The stages of this path can be understood in terms of ground, path, and fruition.
Home Practice Program: What does it contain? What amount of time does it require?
We welcome you to join the Path of Meditation Home Practice Program, which guides you step-by-step through the essential knowledge and training’s of the Mahāmudrā system by an authentic lineage holder of the Mahāmudrā aural tradition, Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche. This program provides a structured and supported environment for engaging with our profound tradition through both online teachings and retreats held throughout the world.
The program consists of 30 video teachings by Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche that should be watched repeatedly until the message of the video is clear in your heart and mind. These videos range from a few minutes up to almost 20 minutes for the full sādhanā practice session video. These videos are progressive, but you will often wish to refer back to previous videos as you progress in your practice.
The course also provides you with a clear map that lays out the Path of Meditation from ground through fruition. This is a unique one-page presentation that you should refer to regularly to assess your progress and clarify any doubts. You will also receive a guideline of ethical conduct, another one-page summary that gives clear guidance as to how to conduct oneself in daily life. Armed with these two resources, you are well prepared to make the practice your path.
The course asks that you devote 30 minutes to 1 hour per day to meditation practice. This can be done in several sessions, and it is recommended that the sitting meditation is structured within the sādhanā practice of Buddha Śākyamuni that is included in the course.
The focus of meditation moves progressively from one practice to the next, and the Path of Meditation map and the videos explain how long each step customarily should take. For example, Rinpoche asks students to practice the first stage of meditation for 30 minutes to 1 hour per day for 1 month. It is important that you set aside the time and follow the instructions progressively as this will be most beneficial for your practice.
In addition to the above, various visual and written support materials will be posted and a moderated student forum is available so that you may pose questions and receive timely answers.