Kyapjé Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, the grandfather of Phakchok Rinpoche, said that the “essence of all the sūtras and tantras were condensed into four things to think of, the four mind changings, and four things to practice, the preliminaries of four times one hundred thousand (ngöndro).” This page collects Samye Institute’s archive of teachings on these preliminary practices from the Vajrayana Membership.
Prostrations are a way of paying respect as well as a mindfulness practice. In this video filmed at Samye Hermitage New York in 2015, Tulku Migmar discusses the purpose of prostration and demonstrates three different techniques.
In this teaching, Tulku Migmar discusses the third of the “inner” ngöndro practices, offering the mandala. This practice is a means of perfecting the accumulation of merit and overcoming our emotional obscurations hindering liberation.
In this audio excerpt, taken from a teaching given in Japan in 2017, Phakchok Rinpoche explains the core principles of Tibetan Buddhist empowerment. Additionally, he shares some observations about cultural interpretations of empowerment.
In this audio teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche teaches on the relationship between Guru and disciple. As the guru-disciple relationship is at the heart of the Vajrayana teachings, this teaching is of great value to all those beginning or continuing Vajrayana practice.
Dignity is not a possession or another goal to achieve in life. The sole purpose of dignity training is to empower what we already have—to stabilize our best human qualities so that we can be the wisdom that knows, the compassion that loves and cares, and the power that protects and benefits ourselves and others.
Phakchok Rinpoche, Awakening Dignity, Chapter 4: Three Meditation Teachers