The Three Wheels
The entire Buddhist spiritual path is contained within the three wheels. A genuine student embarking on a genuine path is highly encouraged to bring all the three wheels onto the path in order receive genuine blessings.
- The wheel of listening and reflecting
- The wheel of relinquishing through meditation
- The wheel of altruistic activity
The Wheel of Listening and Reflecting
Rinpoche teaches constantly throughout the year, wherever he may be. When he is in residence in Nepal, he regularly teaches the monks, nuns, and lay practitioners. He also maintains an intensive travel and teaching schedule in Asia, North and South America, and Europe. Rinpoche engages in public teachings , lectures at universities, and also at dharma centers throughout the world.
Rinpoche’s teachings are direct, lively, and practical with a strong emphasis on the view of emptiness, the heart of the Buddha’s teachings, and the development of the recognition of uncontrived non-conceptual meditation. In all of Rinpoche’s teachings, he emphasizes the combination and balance of meditation, mind training, and Vajrayāna practice based upon a precise understanding of the view.
The Wheel of Relinquishing through Meditation
The Two Fundamental Meditation Practices
Śamatha (calm abiding)
Working with the conceptual mind in order to become calm, clear, one-pointed and undistracted. There are two main kinds of śamatha:
- Śamatha with an object, where mind is focused on positive thougts through the use of mindfulness. Here, the mind’s main qualities are being clear and undistracted.
- Śamatha without an object, leaving the mind as it is, calm and spacious.
Śamatha can also be divided into three types: active, less active and non-active.
Vipaśyanā (clear, superior seeing)
Analytical and resting meditation on selflessness and emptiness.
- Here, the mind’s main qualities are being clear and undistracted.
- There is also the practice of supreme vipaśyanā where one goes beyond conceptual mind and into the field of the wisdom of rigpa through the practices of Mahāmudrā and Dzogchen, the Great Perfection.
The practices of the development and completion stages of the secret mantra Vajrayāna path are also included here.
The Wheel of Altruistic Activity
Rinpoche is also actively engaged in many other dharmic and humanitarian activities, such as overseeing monasteries and Dharma centers, the production of important ritual items, the printing and translation of Dharma texts, and healthcare and education projects. These are run primarily through the Chokgyur Lingpa Foundation, which was founded by Rinpoche and his father, Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche in 2006.