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Introducing Phakchok Rinpoche’s December Teachings

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 of Death Sutra on December 18th, 2021 at 6:45PM Nepal Time (check your local time here). The Noble Wisdom of the Time of Death is a Mahāyāna sūtra taught by Buddha Śākyamuni. Despite the title, this sūtra contains pith instructions on the nature of mind, of use to any practitioner of the Mahāyāna path.

Rinpoche often remarks that this sutra is a condensation of the profound text, The King of Samadhi Sutra. Rinpoche has also taught extensively on that sutra, and those compiled teachings can be found in his recent publication, In the Footsteps of Bodhisattvas: Buddhist Teachings on the Essence of Meditation.

Time: December 18th, 2021, 6:45PM Nepal Time (Check your local time here).

This teaching will be in English, and we will provide live translation into Chinese, Spanish, Ukrainian,  Thai, Indonesian, and Vietnamese.

Register for this teaching here.

YouTube Livestream for this teaching is available here.

Make an Offering

This is no charge associated with this teaching, yet we encourage you to consider making an offering to make a connection with Rinpoche’s meditation centers around the world, including in Cooperstown, New York, and in Bali, Indonesia.

Gomde Cooperstown is a year-round teaching and retreat center located in the verdant, rolling hills of upstate New York, offering weekly meditation and dharma classes, as well as longer-term teachings and practice opportunities in the summer months. We are currently moving forward with plans to build quarters for 6 staff members and have begun other key improvements to the facilities.

Rinpoche’s meditation center in Bali, Indonesia, has completed several long-term retreat bungalows and aspires to build many more in addition to teaching facilities. The center is dedicated to the Chokling Tersar lineage and will be blessed by a 5-meter Guru Sampa Lhundrup image. The underground practice hall will house 1,000 Guru Rinpoche statues.

Support Rinpoche’s Meditation Centers

You can also make an offering directly to Gomde Bali using their website here. Your offering can support the construction of the retreat center and meditation cabins

The Liberation Upon Hearing

This teaching is an offering to all who are interested in learning how to experience a noble death. Rinpoche will teach on the six bardos and will address our general concerns on preparing for the moment of death and what comes next.

Time: December 19th, 2021 6:45PM Nepal Time (Check your local time here).

This teaching will be in English, and we will provide live translation into Chinese, Spanish, Ukrainian, Thai, Indonesian, and Vietnamese.

Register for this teaching here.

YouTube Livestream for this teaching is available here.

Make an Offering

Offerings made to Phakchok Rinpoche for these teachings will be used to support the activities of Samye Institute. Samye Institute includes both online and live teachings, instruction, retreats, and events derived from authentic Buddhist wisdom traditions. On the online platform individuals seeking answers as to how to live a meaningful life can explore how to work with their minds.

Support Phakchok Rinpoche’s activities by offering to Samye Institute

Space is limited for both of these teachings. To avoid disappointment, please be sure to register in advance and arrive early, especially if you require translation. If you arrive late, there may not be space. If you do not require translation (i.e., if you speak English, we kindly ask that you view Rinpoche’s teachings on YouTube, rather than Zoom.

These teachings will also be live streamed on YouTube. Live translation will not be available when using the YouTube livestream. Rinpoche’s teaching on the Liberation Upon Hearing will only be made available for 24 hours after the teaching.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

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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.