Welcome to Samye Institute

Support, Education & Community for Dharma students

Samye, under the direction of Phakchok Rinpoche, 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 modern age.

Guru Rinpoche Day Messages

Phakchok Rinpoche sends pithy teachings to students via email every Guru Rinpoche Day. View our library of these teachings.

In Tibetan Buddhism, we celebrate the 10th day of each lunar month as Guru Rinpoche day. Guru Rinpoche or Padmasambhava is the Buddha who established Vajrayana Buddhism in Tibet. On the outer level, the Mahaguru is the essence of all buddhas and lineage masters. The late master Dudjom Rinpoche wrote a beautiful commentary on The Concise Benefits of the Festival of the Tenth Day.

Explore Our Student Pathways

Support, education, and community for whichever pathway you are on.

Holistic Living

Path of Meditation

The Nine Yanas

Traditional Vajrayana

Upcoming Events

Dharma Foundations

A selection of recommended articles that cover the essentials of Dharma practice. 

Senior Lama Teachings

Online teachings and question and answer sessions featuring Samye Institute's learned Druplas and Khenpos.

Searching for Inspiration?

Browse our foundational topics—a solid basis for all Dharma practice.

Self-Paced Online Courses

Browse Samye Institute's growing catalogue of courses and support programs.

12 Lessons

The Nine Yanas: Shravakayana

Approach the Buddha’s teachings gradually, learning how to integrate study, reflection, and meditation.

55 Lessons

Tibetan for Practitioners

Guided by translator Oriane Lavole, this course helps students connect with the Tibetan language and its rich dharmic context.

29 Lessons

Tukdrub Barché Kunsel Ngöndro

The Four Foundations practices form the gateway for the Traditional Vajrayana path. Each element purifies the body, speech, and mind.

22 Lessons

Path of Meditation Level Two

Phakchok Rinpoche guides students to recognize the essence of thought and to distinguish mind from awareness.

17 Lessons

Yoga Asanas for Sitting Meditation

Somānanda Yogi presents exercises designed to improve body pliancy from the Indian, Himalayan and South East Asian yogic traditions.

5 Lessons

Mobility for Meditators

Trainer Neil Roberts presents a series of gentle stretches designed specifically to improve our mobility.

69 Lessons

The Noble Wisdom of the Time of Death Sutra

Using a classic Mahayana Sutra, Phakchok Rinpoche gives pithy practice advice covering five core topics on the Buddhist path.

49 Lessons

Path of Meditation Level One

Phakchok Rinpoche guides students through a year-long experiential meditation practice program.

15 Lessons

The Concise Sang Offering

This support program offers video and audio teachings on the Vajrayana practice of fragrant smoke offerings.

9 Lessons

Training in Compassion

Dr. David Shlim gently guides us to make the connection between relaxed open mind and natural compassion.

28 Lessons

Training the Mind

Phakchok Rinpoche introduces a step-by-step approach to understanding how our minds function.

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A Global Dharma Network

Samye is more than just online Dharma teachings. Explore our global network of local groups & Dharma centers.

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

Explore how Buddhist practice can inform our living, caring, and dying so that they become 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.

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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.

Reflection Quotes

“What is always maintaining mindfulness? It is being attentive to impermanence, suffering, emptiness, and the absence of self."
The King of Meditation Sūtra, Samādhi­rāja­sūtra , ’phags pa chos thams cad kyi rang bzhin mnyam pa nyid rnam par spros pa ting nge ’dzin gyi rgyal po zhes bya ba theg pa chen po’i mdo)

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