Introducing Samye Institute's Vajrayana Membership


Samye Institute offers home study courses based upon Dharma instruction which has been passed down from master to master over many generations since the time of the Buddha. We have arranged the materials into a few courses of different lengths and depths. Some courses include a few modules and key points. Other programs such as the Path of Meditation Levels One and Two each unfold over at least a full year of practice, covering different techniques of meditation. 

Each course is complete unto itself, but they can also build on each other. The key points of Dharma practice are always the same. We seek to transform our minds, and reduce suffering. We learn how to best practice loving kindness and compassion for the benefit of all beings.

Holistic Living

5 Lessons

Mobility for Meditators

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

9 Lessons

Training in Compassion

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

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.

Path of Meditation

49 Lessons

Path of Meditation Level One

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

22 Lessons

Path of Meditation Level Two

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

79 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.

28 Lessons

Training the Mind

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

Nine Yanas

13 Lessons

The Seven Points of Mind Training

In this course, Matthew Zalichin, resident teacher at Samye Hermitage New York, will lead students through the seminal text, The Seven Points of Mind Training, brought to Tibet by the great Atisha Dipamkara and committed to writing by Chekawa Yeshe Dorje.

29 Lessons

The 37 Bodhisattva Practices

In this teaching series, Tulku Migmar Tsering provides detailed teaching and commentary on Gyalse Tokme Zangpo’s 37 Bodhisattva Practices.

19 Lessons

The Nine Yanas: Shravakayana

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

9 Lessons

Training in Compassion

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


37 Lessons

The Concise Sang Offering

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

18 Lessons

The Seed of Supreme Awakening

Teachings on the Seed of Supreme Awakening, the extensive Ngöndro of the Lamé Tukdrup Barché Künsel.

55 Lessons

Tibetan for Practitioners

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

31 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.