Buddhist Philosophy

Phakchok Rinpoche and senior instructors offer weekly audio, video or written wisdom teachings. You can check your understanding with reflections or practice exercises. Browse by topic and level according to your interest.

Being Respectful to Those of High Status and One’s Elders -

May 28, 2020

Societal Human Values Series #5 by Hilary Herdman Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo, (Srong-brtsan-sgam-po), reigned 629-650 CE. Among his many achievements, he promoted a moral code known as the Sixteen Principles of Societal Human Values (mi...

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Saga Dawa – The 100,000 Multiplying Month -

May 21, 2020

The Importance of Strengthening our Practice Saga Dawa Saga Dawa (Sanskrit Vaiśākha) is the fourth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar and is considered the most important Buddhist holiday period of the year.  The...

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Showing Respect to the Learned -

May 12, 2020

Societal Human Values Series # 4 by Hilary Herdman Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo, (Srong-brtsan-sgam-po), reigned 629-650 CE. Among his many achievements, he promoted a moral code known as the  Sixteen Principles of Societal Human Values...

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Relying on the Four Immeasurable Qualities During a Pandemic: Part 4 Immeasurable Sympathetic Joy -

May 5, 2020

By Erric Solomon The practice of the Four Immeasurable Qualities—Equanimity, Loving-Kindness, Compassion, and Sympathetic Joy— is common to all Buddhist traditions of practice. For our great tradition of Mahayana, they are the foundation...

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Repaying the Kindness of One’s Parents -

Apr 28, 2020

Societal Human Values Series #3 by Hilary Herdman Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo, (Srong-brtsan-sgam-po) reigned from 629-650 CE. Among his many achievements, he disseminated a moral code, known as the Sixteen Principles of Societal...

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Relying on the Four Immeasurable Qualities During a Pandemic: Part 3 Immeasurable Compassion -

Apr 23, 2020

By Erric Solomon The practice of the Four Immeasurable Qualities—Equanimity, Loving-Kindness, Compassion, and Sympathetic Joy— is common to all Buddhist traditions of practice. For our great tradition of Mahayana, they are the...

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Relying on the Four Immeasurable Qualities During a Pandemic: Part 2 Immeasurable Loving-Kindness -

Apr 16, 2020

By Erric Solomon The practice of the Four Immeasurable Qualities—Equanimity, Loving-Kindness, Compassion, and Sympathetic Joy— is common to all Buddhist traditions of practice. For our great tradition of Mahayana, they are the...

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Seeking and Practicing the Dharma -

Apr 14, 2020

Societal Human Values Series #2 by Hilary Herdman A quick Covid-19 note from the Samye staff: During this challenging global pandemic, we realize that many people are in need of material more...

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Relying on the Four Immeasurable Qualities During a Pandemic: Part 1 Immeasurable Equanimity -

Apr 9, 2020

By Erric Solomon During turbulent periods of crises, I find it really helpful to go to the heart of the teachings of the Buddhadharma. By remembering to bring forth the essential teachings...

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What can we do if we really start to freak out? (Part 3 – Liberation through Feeling) -

Mar 26, 2020

by Erric Solomon Panic is Energy A sense of panic isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But how we deal with panic can make a huge difference. Panic is energy, a kind of...

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