Welcome to Samye Institute

Samye is a place where students from all corners of the globe explore how to work with their minds in order to lead meaningful lives. Drawing from authentic Buddhist wisdom traditions, our online platform offers live teachings, structured courses, interactive forums, and community for the digital Dharma sangha.

Samye Institute, under the spiritual direction of Phakchok Rinpoche, aims to be to the digital world what Nalanda was to India and what Samye was to Tibet.

Searching for Inspiration?

Browse our foundational topics, which provide a solid basis for all Dharma practice

Dharma Foundations

Samye’s recommended articles that cover the essentials of Dharma practice. 

Explore Your Emotions

Negative emotions can be destructive to our relationships and hinder our progress on the path. 
Please browse our growing library of resources to help you deal with your emotions and live a happier, more meaningful life!

Links directly to tag archives to show posts that are tagged with each emotion

Senior Lama Teachings

Samye Institute is delighted to announce our Senior Lama Teachings series, a program of on-line teachings and question and answer sessions featuring our learned Druplas and Khenpos.

Explore Our Student Pathways

Samye Institute, under the guidance of Phakchok Rinpoche provides support, education and community for whichever pathway you are focusing on.

Holistic Living

Path of Meditation

Nine Yanas

Traditional Vajrayana

A Global Dharma Network

Samye is more than just online Dharma teachings, we also have a global network of local groups & Dharma centers. 

Find out more about our community activities & groups.

Enter the Dharma-stream

Local meditation and practice groups

Dhamma Steam

Dharma-stream is a series of regular video teachings directly from Phakchok Rinpoche, designed to be viewed in a group setting. 

Rinpoche has produced several video series’. These teachings are presented in a step-by-step manner, becoming more and more profound over time.

There are many groups in location around the world. If there is no group near you, we can provide support and guidance to help you start one. 

Noble Living, Noble Caring, Noble Dying

Noble Living, Noble Caring and Noble Dying describes the outlook we can bring to our human experience. This resource center is the result of many conversations with Phakchok Rinpoche, Tulku Migmar, and experts in the caring profession. We invite you to explore how our Buddhist practice informs our living, caring, and dying so that they are noble: filled with dignity and grace.

For Experienced Students

We’ve curated posts for you, based on topics of ritual, devotion, buddha nature, and more.

Commit to Sit

31 hours of Collective Meditation

To date, our global sangha has accumulated over 31 hours of collective meditation! We rejoice in the merit!

Next Occasion

Practice Together on the New Moon!

In Tibetan Buddhism, the new moon is an auspicious time for the accumulation of merit and wisdom. This month, the new moon falls on December 4th. Therefore, Tibetan Buddhists traditionally use this

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Support

More Activities of Phakchok Rinpoche

Chokyur Lingpa Foundation

Akara Collection

Basic Goodness Foundation

Lhasey Lotsawa Translations & Publications

About Phakchok Rinpoche

Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche was born in 1981 and is a lineage holder of the Profound Treasures of Chokgyur Lingpa from the Nyingma School of Early Translations and one of the throne-holders of the Riwoche Taklung Kagyu Lineage. Phakchok Rinpoche’s primary root gurus are his grandfather, the late Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, and late Kyabje Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche.

Guru Rinpoche Day Messages

Phakchok Rinpoche sends out short teachings to all students via email on every Guru Rinpoche Day.

Weekly Reflections

If we maintain the realization of the empty nature, we maintain all of the powers and qualities of the Buddha. Buddha-fields, which are inseparable from the mind’s nature, unfold wherever there is a buddha. If we maintain this realization, pure compassion radiates outward to all sentient beings.

Phakchok Rinpoche, In the Footsteps of Bodhisattvas

Suggested Reading

Dudjom Rinpoche, The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, trans. and ed. by Gyurme Dorje and Matthew Kapstein (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1991), vol. 1, pages 468–474.

Ngawang Zangpo, Guru Rinpoche: His Life and Times, Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2002.

Nyoshul Khenpo, A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage, trans. Richard Barron (Junction City: Padma Publishing, 2005), pages 41–48.

Padmasambhava, Legend of the Great Stupa, Berkeley: Dharma Publishing, 1973

Padmasambhava & Jamgön Kongtrul, The Light of Wisdom, trans. by Erik Pema Kunsang (Boudhanath: Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 1986-1999), pages 43-47 & Appendix 5.

Taranatha, The Life of Padmasambhava, Shang Shung Edizioni, 2005

Tulku Thondup, Masters of Meditation and Miracles, Shambhala, 1996.

Yeshe Tsogyal, Life and Liberation of Padmasambhava, translated by Kenneth Douglas and Gwendolyn Bays (Emeryville: Dharma Publishing, 1978, republished 2008).

Yeshe Tsogyal, Lotus Born: The Life Story of Padmasambhava, Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 2004.

‘The Life of Guru Padmasambhava’ in A Great Treasure of Blessings, The Tertön Sogyal Trust, 2004.