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.

Tibetan Losar: New Year, New Habit! -

Feb 22, 2020

Beginning a Reflection and Meditation Practice in the New Year A New Year in any culture marks an opportunity for us to begin afresh. We mark the Tibetan New Year in 2020...

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The Treasury of Blessings: A Practice of Buddha Śākyamuni -

Feb 18, 2020

Samye Institute is pleased to announce the production and release of a new video visualization of the Treasury of Blessings (see below).  We would like to use this joyful occasion to revisit...

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Anxiety: Seeing Through the Spin -

Feb 6, 2020

Anxiety arises for almost all sentient beings in certain situations.  And there are times when worry can be useful or productive. A little stress can make us sharper, or enhance our performance...

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Reading Namtars -

Jan 9, 2020

Reading namtars can be a way to inspire one to practice the Buddhadharma diligently. The term “namtar” (rnam thar) is a shortening of the Tibetan nampar tharpa. In English we translate this...

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Antidotes for the Loneliness Epidemic -

Jan 2, 2020

Loneliness: What’s Going on in our Lives? Researchers are noting that large numbers of people report chronic feelings of loneliness. The numbers are so staggering that government agencies in many countries and...

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FOMO Got You Down? Try Sympathetic Joy -

Dec 26, 2019

FOMO, or “fear of missing out,”  afflicts many of us more dramatically in our hyper-connected world than it did in the past. Thanks to constant connectivity, we are immediately aware of what...

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4 Radically Happy Ways to not just Survive, but Thrive during the Holiday Family Gatherings -

Dec 19, 2019

By Erric Solomon The holidays are supposed to be a time of joyous celebration with extended family and friends. Yet many people dread the family gathering, especially these days where the political...

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Buddha-nature: Hidden Treasure, Buried Diamond -

Dec 5, 2019

Buddha-nature can be understood by using classical analogies. We may have heard teachers say that every being has buddha-nature. And yet, we remain skeptical. We don’t see the evidence of this around...

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Giving Joyfully: #Giving Tuesday -

Dec 2, 2019

Giving joyfully, we read in the Buddhist texts, brings many benefits, both for oneself and for others. At this time of the year, many cultures celebrate festivals of abundance and plenty rooted...

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Understand Ignorance to Reveal Buddhanature -

Nov 21, 2019

Understand ignorance.  Why would we need to do that if we are studying our mind?  Here, in this video teaching from a Mahamudra meditation retreat at Gomde Cooperstown, Tulku Migmar Tsering explains...

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