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The Path of Transformation

Wellbeing | Compassion Training | Meditation


Over two decades, Phakchok Rinpoche has tailored Buddhist meditation and compassion techniques to meet the diverse interests and inclinations of individuals. These techniques are part of the Path of Transformation, which focuses on transforming feelings, emotions, and thoughts through a detailed two-year meditation course. The second line of the Buddha’s teaching was “cultivate a wealth of virtue”. The Path of Transformation enables students to cultivate a wealth of meditation and compassion techniques, aiming to reduce negative emotions and enhance positive qualities.

Phakchok Rinpoche has identified character transformation as a crucial element. First, we must transform and balance our body and mind. This path offers guided physical and breathing exercises and tips on general well-being. As we begin to transform, we also open our awareness and come to understand the suffering of others. Compassion naturally arises, and we learn techniques to train in kindness, caring, and love. To do this, our minds should be clear and calm, and thus we train in meditation.

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Introducing the Path of Transformation

In this video, Phakchok Rinpoche introduces the second of the three student pathways: The Path of Transformation.


In the Wellbeing modules, Phakchok Rinpoche emphasizes a healthy diet and physical and breathing exercises from ancient traditions. Participants are also guided through techniques to develop emotional wellbeing.

Physical Wellbeing

Emotional Wellbeing

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Why is transformation important?

In this video, Phakchok Rinpoche explains why we need to observe our character and habits to know what to transform. This self-observation allows us to grow and avoid becoming stuck or confused on the spiritual path.

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The Mind-Body Connection

In this video, Phakchok Rinpoche discusses the importance of balance for our bodies and minds. He explains how the five elements of the body also need to be balanced for us to function well. Rinpoche also notes the importance of exercise, diet, sleep, and hydration for maintaining physical and mental health. We develop a relaxed and stable body once we have addressed our physical health. On this basis, we can begin to address our feelings and emotions.

Compassion Training

The Compassion modules train participants in developing and extending kindness, love, and compassion. The teachings are rooted in traditional Indian and Tibetan mind training texts. Instructors guide students through contemplations that are relevant to our modern world.

The Seven Points of Mind Training​​

The 12th-century Kadampa master Chekhawa Yeshe Dorje received extensive teachings in Lojong or Mind Training passed down through a close lineage from Lord Atiśa Dīpaṃkara. He composed a guidance text of seven verses.

The Eightfold Supreme Path of Mind Training​​

The Kadamapa master Geshe Langri Thangpa composed an instruction manual that is widely used as a practical guide for training in compassion.

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Love, Compassion, and Care

Love means caring and affection for other beings. Compassion sees the condition of others’ suffering and wishes them to be free from suffering. Love is the expression and compassion is a deeper wisdom.


The Meditation element is structured as a two-year course. Participants are advised to spend 100 hours of dedicated practice in each course. The first-year course leads participants through shamatha meditation. Here, students learn to focus the mind and develop one-pointedness. The modules also introduce mantras to purify negative character habits. The second-year course introduces vipashyana (insight) meditation. Here the focus is on observing, re-noticing, and letting go of feelings, emotions, and thoughts.

Mahamudra Level One

A one-year program offering step-by-step instruction by Phakchok Rinpoche. The student is introduced to the ground of Buddhanature and the benefits of meditation. The course offers guided meditations and a gradual progression of training through the stages of calm abiding focused meditation. Next, one is introduced to the practice of non-focused meditation which is a core element of training.

Mahamudra Level Two

A one-year program offering meditation instruction and guided practice by Phakchok Rinpoche. Here, the student learns the difference between calm abiding and insight meditation. One learns how to analyze thoughts and to search for the self. The course also offers advice on enhancing the practice and dispelling obstacles.

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