Learning Programs

In the Footsteps of Bodhisattvas (Winter 2020)

Key Learning Points

Embrace traditional visualization techniques to develop "wealthy shamatha" practice

Clarify the distinction between shamatha (calm abiding) and vipashyana (special insight) meditations

Actively train in seeing phenomenon as illusions.

Begin to experience increased freedom and expansive compassion

Develop conviction that the highest meditation is our fundamental nature

Practice forgetting our dualistic story-line and our ego-clinging


Please Note:

This live-seminar course has ended. Registration will open June 1, 2021, for our next session exploring this text over 14 weeks . The first session will be on June 20, 2021.

This 14-week course will guide participants through the concepts and practices given in Phakchok Rinpoche’s In the Footsteps of Bodhisattvas. We will become familiar with the view, meditation, and conduct of a bodhisattva and explore how bodhisattva training in its myriad forms lays the foundation for the dawning of genuine samadhi. We will also explore how the practices of the Samadhi Raja Sutra fit within the context of Vajrayana practice.

Each week, in addition to reading a chapter from In the Footsteps of Bodhisattvas, we will read supplementary sutras, prayers, and the advice of great masters. Together, we will train in a diversity of methods to open up our experience of samadhi; and in the final classes of the course, we will apply the understanding and training gleaned from Phakchok Rinpoche’s words to the practice of the Treasury of Blessings (The Shakyamuni Buddha Sadhana).

The cost of the course is $108 which helps support Samye and its ongoing activities. We want to make sure that the Dharma is accessible to everyone so if you have financial difficulty, please contact us.

Readings: In the Footsteps of Bodhisattvas will serve as our foundational text and additional reading materials will be provided each week. Video and audio teachings by Phakchok Rinpoche and other Dharma resources are also available on Samye to supplement your personal practice and engagement with the text.

About the Instructor

Jack deTar trains under the guidance of Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and Phakchok Rinpoche. He tries to serve others, hold in devotion those who have realized the Buddha’s teachings, and become familiar with the mind “as it is.” In that light, Jack wishes to help connect students and practitioners with authentic teachers and provide support for anyone who wants to genuinely study, reflect, and meditate.

Jack deTar.

Jack currently serves as the Shedrub Mandala Coordinator for Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s centers and activities, and as the Executive Director of Rangjung Yeshe Gomde California, a Buddhist retreat center nestled in the forested mountains of Northern California’s Mendocino County. Jack assisted Phakchok Rinpoche with the composition of In the Footsteps of Bodhisattvas, and was subsequently encouraged by Rinpoche to instruct this course on the teachings presented in the book.

Course Curriculum

Introduction 00:00:00
In the Footsteps of Bodhisattvas : Supplementary Resources 00:00:00
Week One : Introduction 00:00:00
Week Two : The King of Samadhi 00:00:00
Week Three : Only the “I” is Painful 00:00:00
Week Four : Renouncing Suffering 00:00:00
Week Five : Loving-Kindness, Compassion, Joy, Equanimity  00:00:00
Week Six : Asking the Buddha to Stay 00:00:00
Week Seven : Offering for Bliss 00:00:00
Week Eight : True Discipline 00:00:00
Week Nine : Patient and Unharmed  00:00:00
Week Ten : Joyful Effort 00:00:00
Week Eleven : Victorious Meditation FREE 00:00:00
Week Twelve : Wisdom, the Inconceivable Buddha 00:00:00
Week Thirteen : The Treasure of Awakening 00:00:00
Week Fourteen : Upholding the Teachings 00:00:00

About the Instructor

Jack deTar

Jack deTar trains under the guidance of Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and Phakchok Rinpoche. He tries to serve others, hold in devotion...

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Program Details

103 Students Enrolled


Duration: Lifetime Access