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Samye Institute Fundraising Campaign

Dec 28, 2021

Samye Institute provides both live and on-demand teachings, instruction, retreats, and events derived from authentic Buddhist wisdom traditions. On the online platform, individuals explore how to work with their minds and discover...

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Translation Course with Erik Pema Kunsang

Dec 24, 2021

Lhasey Lotsawa is delighted to share with you news of a translation course with our lineage’s senior translator, Erik Pema Kunsang. The goal of this course is to transmit the knowledge and...

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Request Bardo Prayers for the Deceased

Dec 19, 2021

In response to many requests made by students over the years, with the guidance of Phakchok Rinpoche, Samye Institute has now launched this opportunity to request key prayers and practices for the...

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Introducing Phakchok Rinpoche’s December Teachings

Dec 10, 2021

Samye is delighted to announce two upcoming teachings from Phakchok Rinpoche this December: The Wisdom of the Time of Death Sutra Phakchok Rinpoche will teach on the Noble Wisdom of the Time...

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All I Want for Christmas is… More Compassion for Everyone!

Dec 9, 2021

This holiday season, Samye Institute is delighted to announce a live event from Dr. David Shlim, titled All I Want for Christmas is… More Compassion for Everyone! On December 14th, 2021, at...

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Practice Together on the New Moon!

Nov 26, 2021

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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Tulku Migmar Tsering: The 37 Bodhisattva Practices, Sponsored by the Vietnamese Sangha

Nov 19, 2021

Samye Institute is pleased to announce that Tulku Migmar Tsering will begin a new teaching series dedicated to Gyalse Tokme Zangpo’s 37 Bodhisattva Practices. This teaching series has been generously sponsored by...

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The Guru Tsokyé Nyingtik Feast Offering

Nov 17, 2021

Dear Dharma Brothers and Sisters, Many thanks to all of you for participating in our recent Guru Tsokyé Nyingtik Tsok Bum, the eleventh in our series of global online ganachakra feast offering...

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Practice With our Global Sangha this Medicine Buddha Day!

Nov 11, 2021

This month, Samye Institute invites our sangha to come together to recall the Medicine Buddha on this auspicious...

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Global Meditation Practice on the New Moon

Oct 30, 2021

In Tibetan Buddhism, the new moon is an auspicious time for the accumulation of merit and wisdom. This month, the new moon falls on November 4th....

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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.