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Phakchok Rinpoche: Teaching on the Noble Wisdom of the Time of Death Sūtra

December 18, 2021 @ 6:45 pm 8:45 pm

Samye Institute joyously announces that Phakchok Rinpoche will teach on the Noble Wisdom of the Time of Death Sūtra 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 Mahāyāna sutra 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.

Below is Key Information About the Teaching:

Time: 6:45PM, Nepal Time

You can check the local time for your location 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.

Space is limited for both of this teaching. 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.

Make an Offering

This is a free 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 Chokling Tersar lineage and will be blessed by a 5-meter Guru Sampa Lhundrup image in addition to a 1,000 Guru Rinpoche practice hall. You can make an offering directly to Gomde Bali using their website here. Your offering can support the construction of the retreat center and meditation cabins

Your offerings would be of great benefit to developing these centers of merit and wisdom accumulation for all beings!

If you would like to make an offering, please click here.

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


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Samye Institute has an offer-what-you can course containing some of Rinpoche’s earlier teachings on this important sūtra. Rinpoche teaches this sūtra often because he believes that it gives very clear instruction. It outlines how to practice vipaśyanā (clear insight) meditation authentically. Here, in a short video, Rinpoche gives a brief introduction and explains why he finds this teaching helpful.

Sign up for this course here.

Root Texts

You can access the translated text of this sutra from the following links:


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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.