Meet Phakchok Rinpoche

"Judging yourself and others empowers negativity and misery in the world. Wishing yourself and others freedom from problems and strife empowers compassion and joy in the world."

– Phakhock Rinpoche

Phakchok Rinpoche is a premier example of a new generation of Tibetan Buddhist masters. He combines the most profound aspects of traditional wisdom teachings with his pithy, humorous observations of their ongoing relevance to the incredibly fast pace of modern urban life.

Born in 1981 to a family recognized for their generations of spiritual accomplishment, Rinpoche was recognized as the seventh Phakchok Rinpoche an incarnation of a great teacher and meditation master. Receiving ordination from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Rinpoche received a thorough education and training in Buddhist philosophy and meditation, studying with some of the most accomplished masters of modern times, his main teachers being his grandfather Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche. 


"Phakchok Rinpoche hails from a long line of meditation masters. His grandfather, Tulku Urgyen, was one of the greatest meditation masters to emerge from old Tibet in the 1950s. And Tulku Urgyen’s great-grandfather, Chokgyur Lingpa, was legendary throughout 19th century Tibet as a revealer of great wisdom teachings. Pakchok Rinpoche himself was recognized as the reincarnation of yet another great Tibetan master.
And yet as you’ll see in Radically Happy A User’s Guide to the Mind, Phakchok Rinpoche lives much like the rest of us, and so can draw on his own doubts, anger and other familiar feelings to illustrate ways we can each find a bit steadier footing in the rocky realities of our lives. His earthy tales of dealing with life’s stuff mix with his remarkably clear and accessible instructions, heart advice for navigating the tricky shoals of our own mind."

– Daniel Goleman author of Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ & Tara Bennett-Goleman author of Emotional Alchemy: How the Mind Can Heal the Heart


More about Phakchok Rinpoche

Rinpoche completed his education at the Dzongsar Institute of Advanced Buddhist Studies in Bir, India, where he received the Khenpo title. He is able to playfully combine the scholarly tradition of his studies with the experiential tradition of his main teachers in order to give his students the necessary tools to discover the wisdom and compassion that lies beneath our habitual ways of seeing ourselves and the world around us. 

Now, Rinpoche travels the world, teaching in Buddhist centers, universities, and monasteries from Asia to the United States, from South America to Europe.


"When you are not able to maintain an awareness of spaciousness, it is like you are giving up your right to be happy."


Phakchok Rinpoche and Erric Solomon wrote a book together: Radically Happy: A User’s Guide to the Mind.

This book will be released on October 16th, published by Shambhala Publications and distributed by Penguin/Random House it will be available everywhere. But the book debuts at the Inner Peace conference, copies will be available and Rinpoche and Erric will give talks based on their book.


"A young, classically trained Tibetan Buddhist master and a veteran Silicon Valley engineer-entrepreneur makes for a great combination.  Together, their personal stories bring their teachings on radical happiness to life."

– Chade-Meng Tan, bestselling author of SEARCH INSIDE YOURSELF 

"As we travel the path, the moment that we have expectation is the moment we fail."

– Phakchok Rinpoche

"Obstacles only arise when you agree with what your obstacle-thoughts are telling you. Don't fight back against your difficulties, just go back and keep practicing. This is how a sincere practitioner strengthens their diligence."

– Phakchok Rinpoche

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