Announcing Samye Institute’s Noble Living, Noble Caring, Noble Dying Support Program

We are excited to announce the debut of our new support program, Noble Living, Noble Caring, Noble Dying.  

Most of us will receive care and give care to others at some point in our lives. And all of us will die. How do we care for the present moment?  How do we welcome all experiences, pushing away nothing? How can we train and share our training of complete acceptance, deep listening, and openness to all situations, emotions, and beings, especially as we face old age, sickness, and death? This program is thus designed for all individuals, regardless of your background or previous experience.

A dedicated group of Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche’s students who collectively have decades of experience has been working energetically for several years to assist in addressing these shared questions and concerns. This home practice support program offers video and audio teachings from Phakchok Rinpoche on the topic of living nobly and preparing for death.

In addition, we feature a number of video conversations between Tulku Migmar Tsering, Tsunma Jamyang Donma, and Andrea Sherman, guiding us through the topics of caring and dying. This resource center and practice portal also provide guided meditations for use at bedside and suggestions for further reading. We encourage everyone to join in our group conversations and to help us continue to develop this meaningful resource and share their personal real experiences with death and dying.

Our vision is that this program will continue to unfold with new materials and supports for practice and for practical advice. If you would like to join the team working on this project, please contact us here.  And, if you have specific questions or areas of concern please let us know. There will be a section where conversations on Noble Living, Noble Caring, and Noble Dying will be offered.

A Warm Welcome,

The Samye Institute Team

If you want to engage now: Noble Living, Noble Caring, Noble Dying.  

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Suggested Reading

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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.