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We recommend that you visit our Wisdom Blog archives. Here you can find shorter audio or video teachings sorted by category. You may wish to start with the section tagged Searching for answers: Keys to happiness and a meaningful life. The teachings here are geared for a general audience and can serve as good introductory material.

Please also join the Global Sangha discussion forum. There you can join in conversations with other students throughout the world. You can also raise any questions you have, and senior students and instructors will respond!

You may struggle with anger, or with other difficult emotions. Or you may feel stressed, or without purpose in your life. In our Wisdom Blog archives a number of teachings from the Buddhist tradition that address universal issues. Here you can find short audio or video teachings sorted by category. You may wish to start with the section tagged Searching for answers: Keys to happiness and a meaningful life. The teachings here are geared for a general audience and don’t presuppose any Buddhist knowledge or any set of beliefs.

You can continue to explore the Wisdom Blog archives. Here, you may wish to begin with the section labelled Meditation and the section labelled General Buddhist Knowledge. The audio and video teachings here are great places to learn about meditation and to begin to understand how Phakchok Rinpoche explains meditation from a Buddhist perspective.

We also recommend that you check out the Introductory course: Training the Mind: An Introduction. In this short home study course, Phakchok Rinpoche discusses the importance of the mind–and how to go about transforming it. The course includes video teachings, written summaries, and reflection questions. It is a great introduction for those who are curious about Buddhist meditation, but is also a wonderful review for people who need more inspiration for their meditation practice.

Samye Institute offers two home practice programs under our “On Line Programs” tab. The first is a short introduction to the mind called Training the Mind: An Introduction. This short course introduces the key points of mind transformation. In it, Phakchok Rinpoche gives simple and direct meditation instruction.

The second program is a full year program: The Path of Meditation Home Practice Program. This path is suitable for both absolute beginners and for those who wish to rededicate themselves to meditation practice. This course does not presuppose any background in Buddhist practice or meditation. In this Mahāmudrā path of gradual progress program, we feature a number of video and audio teachings by Phakchok Rinpoche. Additionally, the course contains supportive reading material, links to other resources, journal suggestions, and reflection questions. There is a student forum as well where you can post questions for discussion and where senior instructors can offer guidance.

Please also explore the Wisdom Blog archives–particularly the section tagged Practice advice: I call myself a practitioner – now what do I do? Here you can find a number of video and audio teachings from Phakchok Rinpoche on different aspects of meditation and mind training.

You might wish to start with the Introductory course: Training the Mind: An Introduction. In this short home study course, Phakchok Rinpoche discusses the importance of the mind–and how to go about transforming it. The course includes video teachings, written summaries, and reflection questions. It is a great introduction for those who are curious about Buddhist meditation, but is also a wonderful review for people who need more inspiration for their meditation practice.

Samye Institute also offers a home study course on a classic Mahāyāna sūtra, The Noble Wisdom of the Time of Death. This course features 8 video teachings by Phakchok Rinpoche on this important text as well as two classical commentaries on the text. We thus learn how to practice meditation by first hearing, reading, and contemplating. In this way, you can engage with the teachings and repeatedly reflect on the meaning in depth.

In addition to these short courses, Samye offers a full year program in Mahāmudrā meditation. This is called The Path of Meditation Home Practice Program. In this program, you can find a complete program of meditation instruction and a wide variety of support material.

Anyone who signs up for the site is encouraged to join the General Sangha Discussion forum. There you can post any questions or begin discussion topics with other students around the globe. Other forums are tied into specific on-line courses or to certain groups of students doing a particular practice. For example, if you are doing the Ngondro (preliminary practices), you can join a forum where you can discuss that practice. Senior students and instructors will respond to your questions.

Phakchok Rinpoche often reminds students that gentle exercise can be very helpful for meditators.

We now offer two short courses offering physical practices specifically aimed at meditators. The first is Yogic Exercises for Sitting Meditation. This series of exercises is firmly rooted in the Indian, Himalayan and South East Asian yogic traditions.Specifically designed for meditators and those sitting for long periods of time, this series of simple exercises is intended to open the channels and calm the winds, adding more flexibility and comfort to a sitting meditation practice.

Our second offering, Mobility for Meditators, presents a series of gentle stretches designed specifically to improve our mobility. Many of these target areas such as our tight hips that make seated meditation postures uncomfortable or inaccessible. This series of simple exercises adds more flexibility and comfort to a sitting meditation practice.

The Wisdom Blog Archive contains a number of articles explaining the meaning and importance of Vajrayana practice. You may wish to explore the section tagged Skillful means: Using the whole toolbox in Vajrayana practice. In addition, you can learn more about Tibetan Buddhism and ritual practice in the section tagged Tibetan buddhist art, festivals, ritual performance and sacred spaces.

We can enhance our meditation practice through ritual practice. Samye Institute currently offers one short home study practice on the ritual smoke offering, or Sang practice. In the future we plan to expand these offerings and include more ritual instruction.

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