Welcome to Samye Institute

A place where students from all corners of the globe explore how to work with their minds in order to realize the liberating wisdom of the Buddha. Drawing from authentic Buddhist traditions, we offer educational resources, interactive forums, and a vibrant global community to support your practice.

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Newly Translated Course!

We are happy to announce that the online course “Training the Mind: An Introduction” is now available in Russian. For several months...

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Buddhist Philosophy

Being Loyal to One’s Relatives and Close Friends

Societal Human Values Series #8 by Hilary Herdman Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo, (Srong-brtsan-sgam-po), reigned 629-650 CE. Among his many achievements, he promoted a moral...

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Celebration of Chokgyur Lingpa’s 150th Parinirvāṇa Anniversary

by Marcela Lopez Nepal: As It Is Now The current situation in Nepal is still far from normal. The lockdown due to...

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Guru Rinpoche Day Teaching

How to Be Pure

Phakchok Rinpoche talks about the quality of having a calm, relaxed mind...

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Chokgyur Dechen Shikpo Lingpa

150th Parinirvāṇa Anniversary On June 22, 2020, we celebrate the anniversary of...

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Buddhist Philosophy

Being Honest and Modest

Societal Human Values Series #7 by Hilary Herdman Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo, (Srong-brtsan-sgam-po),...

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Even During Lockdown, The Dharma Keeps Spreading

by Marcela Lopez An Auspicious Beginning In this special month of Saga...

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A Global Network of Dharma Friends

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.

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Cultivating Kindness and Managing the Mind with Tools from the Buddha’s Wisdom Traditions

Samye Institute presents on-line and live teachings, instruction, and events derived from authentic Buddhist wisdom traditions. On this on-line platform, individuals seeking answers as to how to live a meaningful life can explore how to work with their minds. Additionally, Buddhist practitioners, both newer and long-term students, will find resources here to support their study, reflection, and meditation. Here you may find teachings on working with the emotions and the mind, introduction to meditation, training in compassion, Mahāmudrā meditation, and special practices unique to our tradition. Our aspiration is to offer tools and training to enable practitioners of all levels to practice authentically and confidently.

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Guru Rinpoche Day Teachings

Phakchok Rinpoche sends out short inspiring teachings to all students via email on every Guru Rinpoche day. Rinpoche often uses these teachings to answer frequently asked questions. Also, he suggests topics that remind us to bring our minds home in the midst of our busy lives.

Weekly Reflections

“Friends, this body is so impermanent, fragile, unworthy of confidence, and feeble. It is so insubstantial, perishable, short-lived, painful, filled with diseases, and subject to changes. Thus, my friends, as this body is only a vessel of many sicknesses, wise men do not rely on it. This body is like a ball of foam, unable to bear any pressure. It is like a water bubble, not remaining very long. It is like a mirage, born from the appetites of the passions. It is like the trunk of the plantain tree, having no core. Alas! This body is like a machine, a nexus of bones and tendons. It is like a magical illusion, consisting of falsifications."

The Noble Mahāyāna Sūtra “The Teaching of Vimalakīrti (Ārya­vimala­kīrti­nirdeśa­nāma­mahā­yāna­sūtra , ’phags pa dri ma med par grags pas bstan pa zhes bya ba theg pa chen po’i mdo)

Translated by: Robert A. F. Thurman