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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The Path of Meditation Level Two

This Path of Meditation Level II home practice support program follows the time-honored tradition of the great Mahāmudrā masters of the past,...


Buddhist Philosophy

Compassion in Daily Life: be Psycho-Compassionate

Rinpoche encourages us to be “psycho-compassionate” rather than “psychotherapeutic” when confronted with people’s problems. Rather than trying to fix the person and...


Buddhist Philosophy

Meditation: Three Steps of Correct Preparation

Learning meditation requires both study and actual practice. A correct preparation before starting a meditation session is important if we want to...


Buddhist Philosophy

Five Fundamental Precepts

Five Fundamental Precepts Establish a Basis for Ethical Behavior The Buddha taught...


Buddhist Philosophy


Supplication: The Real Meaning Supplication is a key element of Tibetan Buddhist...


Buddhist Philosophy

Defining “Dharma”: Method and Wisdom

We have a lot of negative emotions, don't we? And traditionally, Buddhist...


Buddhist Philosophy

Remembering the Buddha on Saga Dawa Duchen

  Remembering the Buddha, on Saga Dawa Düchen means an opportunity to...

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Enroll in one of our short-term or long-term study programs and receive guidance from Tibetan & Western instructors on a range of subjects.

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

“Maitreya, how do such bodhisattvas have excellent compassion? Well, Maitreya, the bodhisattva mahāsattvas’ physical actions are without malice, their verbal actions are without malice, and their mental actions are without malice. This, Maitreya, is how the bodhisattvas have excellent compassion."

The Noble Mahāyāna Sūtra “The Question of Maitreya on the Eight Qualities”, (’phags pa byams pas chos brgyad zhus pa zhes bya ba theg pa chen po’i mdo)

Translated by: Karen Liljenberg and Ulrich Pagel