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Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is founder and president of Nalandabodhi and Nitartha International, and the author of several books including, most recently, Emotional Rescue: How to Work with Your Emotions to Transform Hurt and Confusion into Energy That Empowers You.


Recent Articles

May All Be Well: The Aspirations of the Medicine Buddha

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche shares the fundamentals of Buddhist medicine and the intentions behind it.

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How to Practice Mahamudra Meditation

Through Mahamudra meditation, says Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, we relax into the emptiness, clarity, and awareness of ever-present buddha wisdom.

Break the Chains of Thought

When you study your thought process, says Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, you not only see how it rules your life. In the breaks and gaps between thoughts, you can experience awakened mind on the spot.

Through the Lens of Madhyamaka

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche unpacks the Madhyamaka view of the two truths.

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Resting the Busy Mind

The way to really rest our busy minds in meditation is to let go of all thoughts about our thoughts. The more we do this, the more we discover our "enlightened potential."

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Pointing Out Ordinary Mind

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche presents the essential teachings of Mahamudra and its three main approaches to practice, each offering effective methods for directly pointing out mind’s true nature.

Farts, Frantz Fanon, and Rainbow Boogers

Breeze Harper on the precarious balance of work and motherhood.

Finding Your Buffalo

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche says searching for happiness and enlightenment outside of yourself is a sure way to never find it.

Guide to the Three-Yana Journey

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s comprehensive presentation of the three-yana journey, taught only to his senior students, is being made public for the first time in The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma. Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche takes us through this unique body of teachings.

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche remembers Arbie Thalacker

Remembrance of Arbie Thalacker by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, dharma teacher and president of the Karmapa Foundation.

Rebel Buddha

Who is more radical than the Buddha, who overthrows all the conventional ways we see ourselves and our world?

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Erring and Erring, We Walk the Unerring Path

If we use them as opportunities to work with our mind, all our mistakes, confusion, and difficulties become an unerring path of awakening.

This Very Mind, Empty and Luminous

We can see awakening in the world around us, but we can also turn the telescope inward and look directly at our mind.

Stan Goldberg gains sobering insights into death and his own insecurities during a retreat with Ribur Rinpoche.

Are You Ready for Death?

What we see as the worst crisis of our lives is actually a wonderful opportunity to discover enlightened mind, says The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.

What the Buddha Taught

The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche outlines the Buddha's teachings, broken down by the three turnings of the wheel of dharma.

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The Four Foundations of Mindfulness in the Mahayana Tradition

In the Mahayana tradition, mindfulness is regarded as wisdom, transcendental knowledge, which is known in Sanskrit as prajna. There are several stages we progress through in our study and cultivation of prajna. These become the means for integrating our understanding into our experience, and progressively developing that experience into the full state of realization.

The Wisdom of the Body and the Search for the Self

From the impermanent to the heroic to the sacred—The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche on how the view of body changes and evolves in the three vehicles of Buddhism.