Introduction to Meditation and Compassion / Chod retreat with Lama Rinchen Phuntsok – December 2018-January 2019

Buddhism – meditation retreat – Lama Rinchen‘s Introduction to Meditation and Compassion / Chod retreat 29 December 2018 – 2 January 2019

There will be 2 sections for this retreat. Everyone is welcomed to the Introduction to Meditation and Compassion. Chod section continues last year’s retreat

Limited places available, first come first serve basis. Please register immediately. Please help share/forward to anyone you know that might be interested.

พุทธธรรม – การปฏิบัติสมาธิและความกรุณา / การปฏิบัติโจะ โดยท่านพระลามะริเชน (วัชรยาน ดุดจมเตอร์ซาร์) 29 ธันวาคม 2561 – 2 มกราคม 2562
จะมีการแบ่งเป็นสองกลุ่ม ยินดีรับผู้ปฏิบัติทุกท่น สำหรับการปฏิบัติสมาธิและความกรุณา การปฏิบัติโจะนั้นเป็นการเรียนต่อเนื่องจากปีที่แล้ว
จำกัดจำนวนผู้เข้าร่วม กรุณาลงทะเบียนทันทีหากสนใจ
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The retreat on Introduction to Meditation and Compassion by Lama Rinchen Phuntsok ( retreat. What is meditation and how can it lead us to end suffering and end causes of suffering? What is compassion and why is it essential? These question will be addressed in great detail along with introduction to the actual practices of meditation and the cultivation of compassion.

This program will start from preliminary with in-depth detail. All levels of practitioner are welcomed, from new-comer to advanced.

สวัสดีครับ ท่านพระลามะรินเชน( หลักสูตรการปฏิบัติสมาธิและความกรุณานี้เปิดกว้างสำหรับผู้ปฏิบัติใหม่/ขั้นต้น ถึงผู้ปฏบัติขั้นสูง

Dates: Saturday 29th December 2pm – Wednesday 2rd January afternoon (and likely continue on Weekends in January in Bangkok)
วัน: เสาร์ที่ 29 ธันวาคม 14.00น. ถึง พุธที่ 2 มกราคม ช่วงบ่าย (และน่าจะตามด้วย วันเสาร์และอาทิตย์ในเดือนมกราคมในกรุงเทพฯ)

Venue: Mongkol resort, near Huahin (map )
สถานที่: หัวหินมงคล รีสอร์ท จังหวัด ประจวบคีรีขันธ์ (แผนที่ )

Cost/ราคา: 4 nights with meals 4คืนรวมอาหาร *traveling cost not included *ไม่รวมค่าเดินทาง
-Single room ห้องเดี่ยว – Baht 5500 บาท per person ต่อท่าน
-Double room ห้องคู่ (share with another participant ห้องร่วม2ท่าน) – Baht 3500 บาท per person ต่อท่าน

Registration deadline/สิ้นสุดวันลงทะเบียน:
Please register ASAP, very few places left
กรุณาลงทะเบียนทันที จำนวนที่จำกัดมาก


Here are some details:
Lama Rinchen Phuntsok biography ชีวประวัติ

If you have further questions you could email or call 0819855564
หากท่านมีคำถามเพิ่มเติมสามารถติดต่อ 0819855564

Dudjom Tersar Dzogchen ngondro retreat with Lama Rinchen Phuntsok in December 2017


Buddhism – meditation retreat – Lama Rinchen‘s Dudjom Tersar Dzogchen Ngondro retreat 30 December 2017 – 3 January 2018

(Beginners are welcomed, registration form below)
Very few places available, please register immediately, first come first serve basis.

Please note that the retreat is now pretty full, please contact 0819855564 or to confirm
ตอนนี้ค่อนข้างเต็มแล้วกรุณาติดต่อ 0819855564 หรือ เพื่อสอบถามข้อมูล

พุทธธรรม – ปฏิบัติฐานโงนโดรถึงขั้นสูง (ดุดจมเตอร์ซาร์ ซกเชน โงนโดร) โดยท่านพระลามะริเชน 30 ธันวาคม 2560 – 3 มกราคม 2561

(ยินดีรับผู้ปฏิบัติขั้นเร่มต้น ลงทะเบียนด้านล่าง)
จำกัดผู้เข้าร่วม กรุณาลงทะเบียนทันที มีจำนวนที่เหลือน้อยมาก

The retreat topic is Essential Advanced Dzogchen Ngondro of Dudjom Tersar  with Lama Rinchen Phuntsok ( retreat. This program will start from preliminary up to advanced practices (Dzogchen level). For this, Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana will be covered. All levels of practitioner are welcomed, from new-comers to advanced.

สวัสดีครับ ท่านพระลามะรินเชน(จะมาสอนการปฏิบัติขั้นโงนโดรฐานขั้นสูง วัชรยาน (ในสายดุดจม เตอร์ซาร์) การปฏิบัตินี้เป็นการปฏิบัติตั้งแต่ขั้นต้นถึงขั้นสูง (ระดับซกเชน)  ซึ่งจะมีการสอน หินยาน มหายาน และ วัชรยาน หลักสูตรนี้เปิดกว้างสำหรับผู้ปฏิบัติใหม่/ขั้นต้น ถึงผู้ปฏบัติขั้นสูง

Dates: Saturday 30th December 2pm – Wednesday 3rd January afternoon and continue on Weekends of 6,7,13,14 in Bangkok
วัน:  เสาร์ที่ 30 ธันวาคม 14.00น. ถึง พุธที่ 3 มกราคม ช่วงบ่าย ตามด้วย วันเสาร์และอาทิตย์ที่ 6,7,13,14 มกราคมในกรุงเทพฯ

Venue: Mongkol resort, near Huahin (map )
สถานที่: หัวหินมงคล รีสอร์ท จังหวัด ประจวบคีรีขันธ์ (แผนที่ )

Cost/ราคา: 4 nights with meals 4คืนรวมอาหาร *traveling cost not included *ไม่รวมค่าเดินทาง
-Single room ห้องเดี่ยว – Baht 5500 บาท per person ต่อท่าน
-Double room ห้องคู่ (share wih another participant ห้องร่วม2ท่าน) – Baht 3500 บาท per person ต่อท่าน

Registration deadline/สิ้นสุดวันลงทะเบียน:
Very few places left, please register immediately, first come first serve basis.
จำกัดผู้เข้าร่วม กรุณาลงทะเบียนทันที มีจำนวนที่เหลือน้อยมาก


Here are some details:
Lama Rinchen Phuntsok biography  ชีวประวัติ

If you have further questions you could email or call 0819855564
หากท่านมีคำถามเพิ่มเติมสามารถติดต่อ  0819855564

Making Peace and Purifying Our World – Guru Rinpoche day message by HE. Phakchok Rinpoche

02 Aug’17

Dear Friends Near and Far,

Hello everybody. Happy Guru Rinpoche Day.
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Today we will talk about the seventh manifestation of Guru Rinpoche. His name is Kyepar Pakpey. This manifestation is especially known for taming the mountain spirits and other spirits. When we say “tame”, what does that mean? By taming, Guru Rinpoche actually teaches us how to make peace with all the beings. Why? Because Kyepar Pakpey teaches us how to make offerings: how to make offerings to the buddhas and bodhisattvas, how to make offerings to the protectors and how to make offerings to the mountain spirits and spirits and obstacle-makers and all other sentient beings. Here in the practice of Kyepar Pakpey, the method for making sang offerings is taught. Not only that, we learn how to benefit beings as a human being: how to benefit the spirit beings and how to benefit the other sentient beings as well. This is what Guru Rinpoche taught in Kyepar Pakpey.

Now, as a normal person, sometimes we have beliefs, sometimes we don’t. It is very important to respect others in this time. Sometimes we are so caught up in what we call the “reality world”, that we forget to respect the spirit world. We forget to respect other animals. We forget the outer world, such as the environment. Our respect diminishes. I can see that in myself and I can see it in others. Respect is very important. Thinking of kindness and thinking of respect is very important. Many of us, we forget this.

Here, Guru Rinpoche, in Kyepar Pakpey, teaches us how to cleanse the world. How to cleanse the environment. How to purify through his spiritual practices. Nowadays, I think at this time, we really need this practice and really need to have the idea to purify our world and our being and human beings. So, in summary, please show respect to all the environments, respect to all the elements, and thinking of the kindness of the environment, thinking of the kindness of the people who put effort, thinking of the kindness of the world is very important. Ok? This is very important to remember. Anyone who is doing sang puja, not only are you making offering to the deities, or the protector, or the spirit world, you are actually cleansing the world that is so polluted by us.

Thank you very much. Happy Guru Rinpoche Day. And be happy.


Sarva Mangalam,


Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche


PS: We are happy to announce that there are subtitles for this month’s message in Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Nepali, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Ukranian, and Vietnamese. Please click the settings wheel in the bottom right corner of the video to access these options.

We are also interested in your feedback about what teachings you would like to hear in future Guru Rinpoche messages.

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Gaining the Siddhis – Guru Rinpoche day message by HE. Phakchok Rinpoche

4th June 2017 – Gaining the Siddhis
Dear Friends Near and Far,

Happy Guru Rinpoche Day.

In this month’s video message, Phakchok Rinpoche introduces the manifestation Dzamling Gyenchog, who is Yangdak Heruka inseparable from Guru Padmasambhava.

In relation to this, Rinpoche contextualizes the importance of meditation as a daily practice.
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Today, I want to continue the Twelve Manifestations series. Now we are focusing on the manifestation named Dzamling Gyenchog, who is Yangdak Heruka inseparable from Guru Padmasambhava. Instead of Yangdak Heruka, sometimes they say Vishuddha Heruka, and sometimes they have different translations.

This particular practice of Dzamling Gyenchog that Guru Rinpoche taught is how to gain the siddhis, especially the higher siddhis. He also taught the great practice of phowa – the ejection of consciousness. This particular Guru Rinpoche practice is to achieve the great siddhis. Yangdak Heruka Dzamling Gyenchog is very profound.

Now, with that, I just want to say that all of us are very busy. We have many great qualities. We have self-confidence. We have a happy life. We are content. We do good things. We do compassionate acts. And we all have dignity. We all have many things and we know how to balance our life. But when we don’t have meditation, then we have nothing. This practice, Dzamling Gyenchog, explains how to gain the siddhis, especially through meditation.

Our meditation is important in life. How important is exercise? How important is it to have good food? How important is it to share with our friends when we are struggling with ourselves? How important is it to get advice from wise people? Actually, meditation is more important than all of that because meditation allows you to see your own self. Meditation makes your mind calmer. Meditation makes you improve yourself a little bit. And meditation makes you reduce your bad habits, negative emotions, and negative actions.

So how to do meditation? Meditation means bring focus. You can focus on an object. You can bring your mind to focus on your breath, on Guru Padmasambhava, or on compassion. All these three are actually called meditation.

To close, I want to tell you: yes it’s very difficult to meditate every day. So that’s why you need to find the experiences and benefits to encourage yourself. You need to find the faults and difficulties that come without meditating. You need to find inspiration especially through experiences. And consider sharing this with your friends to encourage them to try meditation as well.

Thank you very much all of you. Take care! Happy Guru Rinpoche Day.

I am happy to announce that there are now subtitles in Italian! The Italian and Japanese translators kindly added subtitles to all the videos of the manifestations series, which started in November. This month’s video message also has subtitles in French, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Ukranian, and Vietnamese. There are currently some technical difficulties with the Chinese and Nepali language subtitles that should be addressed shortly. Please click the settings wheel in the bottom right corner of the video to access these options.

One of Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche’s recent practice requests for us from his birthday message was the accumulation of the Six Vajra Line Prayer.

Samye Dharma has created a counter so we can all upload our accumulations (log in required). Please log any of your accumulations starting from Phakchok Rinpoche’s birthday on May 23, and especially persevere until the Saga Dawa Duchen on June 9th. The counter will continue at least until the next Guru Rinpoche Day, July 3rd, so keep logging your accumulations until then.

Sarva Mangalam,
Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche |

Chod Ngondro explanation by Lama Rinchen in Bangkok Jan-Feb 2016

Ven. Lama Rinchen in-depth Chöd Ngondro explanation

Chod Teachings

Ven. Lama Rinchen will offer a very detailed explanation of the Chöd Ngondro, which contains the View of the great Prajñāpāramitā, Mahāmudrā and Dzogchen, and which includes the foundational set of practices that come at the forefront of most Vajrayāna systems.

The teachings will be conducted over 3 weekends from 2pm-6pm on each day total of 7 sessions–

Date/Time (2016): 
Saturday Jan 23: 2pm-6pm
Sunday Jan 24: 2pm-6pm
Saturday Jan 30: 2pm-6pm
Sunday Jan 31: 2pm-6pm
Friday Feb 5: 2pm-6pm
Saturday Feb 6: 2pm-6pm
Sunday Feb 7: 2pm-6pm

Venue: Windsor Tower apartment unit 20B, opposite Windsor hotel on Sukhumvit soi 20. Easily reachable via BTS Asoke/MRT Sukhumvit station.

Cost: Baht800 per person to cover the cost of text which will be used and remaining will be made as a donation to the Lama.

Payment detail–
Bank:Kasikorn Bank
Branch: Silom Branch
Account type: Savings account
Account number: 001-2-79564-7
Account name: Ram Narula

(If you would like to make donation for Lama’s traveling expenses such as airfare and other related costs do let me know.)

Signup/Questions please feel free to contact us using the contact us button above or call at 081-9855564

Chod retreat with Lama Rinchen – Sep 17-20 2015

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Lama Rinchen Phuntsok Chod retreat in Thailand Sep 17-20 2015

Chöd retreat Sep 17-20 with Lama Rinchen


We would like to invite you to Chod retreat which will be held from September 17th to September 20th in Thailand
According to Mahayana Buddhists, emptiness is the ultimate wisdom of understanding that all things lack inherent existence. Chöd combines prajñāpāramitā philosophy with specific meditation methods and tantric ritual. The chod practitioner seeks to tap the power of fear through activities such as rituals set in graveyards, and visualisation of offering their bodies in a tantric feast in order to put their understanding of emptiness to the ultimate test.
About Lama Rinchen
The Venerable Lama Rinchen Phuntsok is a skillfull teacher with a light and joyful manner. He is a scholar and meditation master of the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition. Born in Tibet, Lama Rinchen began receiving instruction in the traditions of Tibetan Buddhism at the age of six in Tsasum Chokhorling Monastery in Tibet. After he left Tibet in 1958, he studied at Young Lama’s Home School in Dalhousie, The Buddhist Monastic School in Rewalsar, Nyingmapa Lama’s College in Dehra-Dun, and Zongdog Palri Monastery in Kalimpong. Lama Rinchen graduated from Sanskrit University in Varanasi India where he completed advanced studies in Sutrayana Buddhist philosophy and scriptures, commentaries, logic, literature, history, and the major sciences of the Tibetan curriculum.

To complete his training in Vajrayana Nyingma School studies, he served as private secretary to the late His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, supreme Head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism for over fifteen years. During that time he received all the important empowerments, transmissions, essential instructions, the oral teaching of Nyingma Kama, and the Profound Rediscovered Teachings of Terma of the great Lotus Born Teacher, Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Vajravana Buddhism.

Venue: About 2-3 hours out of Bangkok, we will keep you informed.

Cost: 4000-4500Baht per person, all meals and text included (transport cost not included)

Limited places available, kindly signup at your earliest convenience.

This retreat is suitable for all levels of practitioners.

Contact: (Eng) 0819855564, (Thai) 0894817754

Ven. Lama Rinchen Dharma classes in Bangkok in June 2015

Meditation and Dharma classes by Ven. Lama Rinchen (Tibetan Buddhist Master)


Lama Rinchen Phuntsok

We would like to invite you to public Dharma talks be Ven. Lama Rinchen Phuntsok in Bangkok areas in June 2015.

Venerable Lama Rinchen Phuntsok is a skillfull teacher with a light and joyful manner. He is a scholar and meditation master of the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition.
Biography can be found at

Topic: “Attachment, Detachment, Aversion and Antidote”
Date: Sunday 21st June 2pm-5pm
Venue: The Continent Hotel (near Asoke intersection next to Interchange tower, on Sukhumvit road, hotel web site: 33rd floor GMT room
Note: Limited seats, please RSVP by email

Topic: “Virtuous and Unvirtuous mind and their action”
Date: Monday 22nd June 6:30pm-8:30pm
Venue: ‘APARTMENTS’ building, Ekkamai road near Ekkamai BTS station, more information on Location:

Topic: “The Textual Tradition of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism”
Date: Wednesday 24nd June 1:30pm-3:30pm
Venue: Mahidol University, Kanpai Room, Ground floor, Department of Humanities, Salaya
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Tel: (Eng) 0819855564,0989195519 – (Thai) 0894817754
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These events are free of charge and suitable for everyone.

Lama Rinchen Phuntsok

Lama Rinchen Phuntsok Bangkok Dharma classes in June 2015












Five Dear Friends – Phakchok Rinpoche message in July 2014 สารจากท่าน พักชก ริมโปเช สิงหาคม 2557

Guru Rinpoche Day, 6th August 2014

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Dear Friends Near and Far,

Firstly on this Guru Rinpoche day, I would like to share a short video in which I talk about the five dear friends that everybody should have. Watch the video here, or click the image above.

Next, I would like to talk about motivation. These days when we talk about enlightenment, many people, including sometimes myself, don’t have a full understanding of what enlightenment really is. As a result, they end up thinking that it’s not of much benefit or relevance to them and then lose the wish to reach enlightenment. And this can happen to us whether we be practicing dharma or involved in the mundane world.

But if you can do what you do—whether it be the dharma or ordinary activities—with the ‘mind of enlightenment’, meaning the motivation to help free all sentient beings from suffering and the cause of suffering and establish them at the precious state of enlightenment, it has a really positive effect. From one’s own side, when you have this motivation you become free from personal, selfish desires and free of anger and aversion towards others. And when you are free of both selfish desires and aversion then you don’t make many mistakes; you are free of ignorance. On the other hand, when you have selfish desires and this kind of self-importance you might regard yourself as having many good qualities and others as being lower than you, and then you easily criticize others and can end up making many problems. So this motivation, the mind of enlightenment (bodhicitta) is so important and beneficial.

For example, in the morning when I recite prayers and make the sang (smoke) offering and so on then I do it focusing on all of our monks and nuns, the Rinpoches, our students, sponsors, the people working in our Foundation, and all the people I know with the wish to benefit them through these prayers. But at the same time we also need the mind of enlightenment that focuses on all sentient beings. And sometimes I forget that. My motivation is indeed very positive—to benefit everyone I know, meaning the lamas and monastics, and all our students and friends—but we need to have the motivation of the mind of enlightenment that keeps in mind all sentient beings and sometimes we can forget that. So in this case the motivation I have is not perfect. There is attachment to others and aversion or indifference towards others. Even if you don’t have any evident aversion to others, if you fail to include all sentient beings in your motivation and think, “Well, I don’t know those other sentient beings, they are strangers to me, I have no real reason to focus on them or think of them” this is actually an aspect of aversion and ignorance. We need to include all sentient beings with the wish that we can help all of them attain perfect enlightenment, understanding that we have been connected to them from beginningless time up until now through the relationships we’ve had with them throughout our past lifetimes—as mothers, fathers, friends, relatives.

If you can really think about this, engender this motivation, and take it to heart you will feel quite differently towards other sentient beings. How so? Immediately your anger and aversion will decrease. Likewise, your self-interest and selfishness will decrease. Your mind will become more open, relaxed, and joyful, and also kinder.

This being so, today I would like to remind you all about this precious motivation of bodhicitta, the mind of enlightenment. Whether you are practicing the dharma or doing ordinary things, do it with this motivation seeing that all sentient beings without a single exception have been your parents and dear friends in the past and that you are connected with them in that way and wishing all of them to be free from their suffering and its causes and attain the precious state of enlightenment.
What is enlightenment? The state free of all negative emotions and suffering and endowed with primordial wisdom. This motivation is so important.

So today on this precious occasion of Guru Rinpoche Day, please make some prayers, practice generosity, perhaps give your parents a gift, be loving to your children and others, and speak kindly to people. If you are a practitioner, then do some practice. Do some meditation, some recitation, make prayers, and if you know how then make a gathering (feast) offering to Guru Rinpoche.  And throughout please keep all sentient beings in your heart and think of them. Work on developing this motivation that thinks of all sentient beings.

I am sending this short message from Heathrow airport in England where I am in transit on my way back to the United States. As always, with many prayers and aspirations for you all,

Sarva Mangalam,

Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche

6 Vajra Verses and 3 Points of Practice – Phakchok Rinpoche message in July 2014 สารจากท่าน พักชก ริมโปเช กรกฎาคม 2557


Guru Rinpoche Day, 7th July 2014

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Dear Friends Near and Far,

First of all, on this very auspicious Guru Rinpoche day, I would like to share with you this short video in which I give some advice on how to solve our problems in daily life. I also explain the meaning and significance of supplication to Padmasambhava by means of the six vajra verses .

The supplication I mention in the video is as follows:

dü sum sangye guru rinpoche
Guru Rinpoche, the Buddha of past, present and future,

ngödrub kün dak dewa chenpö shyab
‘Dewa Chenpo’—Guru of Great Bliss—the source of all siddhis,

barché kün sel düdul drakpo tsal
‘Düdul Drakpo Tsal’—Wrathful One that Subdues Negativity—who removes all obstacles,

solwa deb so jingyi lab tu sol
Grant your blessings, we pray!

chi nang sangwé barché shyiwa dang
Through them, may all obstacles—outer, inner and secret—

sampa lhün gyi drubpar jingyi lob
Be quelled, and may all our aspirations be fulfilled.

Secondly, I’d like to quickly remind you to reflect on three important aspects of your practice:

Motivation, which is the way of clearing and showing our path
Aspiration, which is the way to fulfill our path
Dedication, which is the complete accomplishment of motivation and aspiration

Lastly, I’d like to know what I can do to help you in your practice. Please complete this simple form to let me know what you need and what obstacles I can help you overcome. I’ll try to fulfill your wishes in the coming months.

With constant aspirations for you all,

Sarva Mangalam

Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche

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Four Qualities – Phakchok Rinpoche message in June 2014 สารจากท่าน พักชก ริมโปเช มิถุนายน 2557

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Guru Rinpoche Day, 8th June 2014

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Four Qualities

Dear Friends Near and Far,

These days we often mistake what it’s meant to be a dharma practitioner. The heart of the buddhadharma is to tame one’s own mind, so a dharma practitioner is someone who is able to do this, who can see their own faults, address them, and tame and transform their minds. Someone who is unable to do this is not a dharma practitioner. Secondly, a dharma practitioner should be sincere and honest. So if you wish to practice the buddhadharma authentically this you need these qualities.

In terms of our motivation for practice, we need to have compassion and our compassion should have four qualities.

To generate compassion means to see sentient beings’ suffering and the causes of their suffering and to wish to free them from it. You also need to be able to see your own suffering and its causes, to see and experience this directly for yourself. If you can, it will not be difficult to generate compassion for others. Likewise, if you can understand that you have been connected to all sentient beings from beginningless time until now as parents and children that will make generating compassion easier, and will also help you to have more equanimity.

You need to contemplate compassion in this way and when you see someone else suffering put yourself in their shoes and try to imagine what it would be like to be going through what they are going through. If you can put yourself in their position and really understand their suffering, you’ll develop some compassion. Having developed this initial compassion then you need to improve it. Don’t leave compassion as a mere thought; apply it in your behaviour and actions. When you do this you will be able to see whether your compassion is genuine or not, whether it is pure, strong, and constant or not. This is the first quality our compassion should have: application.
Since compassion is the wish to free oneself and others from suffering and its causes the second quality our compassion needs to have is dignity. Dignity here means you see and acknowledge your suffering and the suffering of others, and you have the confidence that you can dispel it and its causes, that you have the means and methods to do that. Where does this dignity arise from? It arises from genuine practice of the dharma. It is through practice that you will develop this confidence that you can bring about change. And therefore, someone who has this dignity is a practitioner. Someone who lacks this dignity, who lacks the confidence that they can change, is not a practitioner.

The third quality is aspiration, the sincere and heart-felt aspiration to benefit other beings. We need to have this genuine aspiration and wish.

But it’s not enough to leave it there, as an aspiration. To make our compassion pure, we need wisdom, prajna.

So to reiterate, whatever we do we should do it with compassion – we need to apply compassion in all of our actions. Secondly, our compassion needs to be accompanied by dignity, a confidence that we can change. Thirdly we need aspiration and fourthly wisdom. If our compassion has these four qualities, it will be pure, genuine, and strong.

Since, as you all know, we need to develop this kind of genuine compassion then while thinking of you all on this Guru Rinpoche Day I am sharing these few points on compassion with you. But in addition to generating compassion ourselves we also need to teach our family and friends about compassion, to talk about it calmly and nicely with them while continuing to practice it ourselves.

With constant aspirations for you all,
Sarva mangalam,
Phakchok Rinpoche /