Introducing Samye Institute's Vajrayana Membership

Holistic Living

Dantian

Dantian: An Introduction to the Field of Elixir

Dantian is a term employed in QiGong, Tai Chi and in Chinese martial arts.  Here, sangha member Kelly Maclean gives a brief introduction to this energy center and explains its relation to vase breathing practices which we will encounter in meditation training.

Cultivating New Habits for Busy Minds

When we hear the word “meditation” we may think that we can’t keep still for an hour and be calm.  But, as Tulku Migmar as explains here, the point of meditation is the process itself.   When we meditate we are cultivating new habits bit by bit in short periods. 

Mental Maintenance Creates Stability

“Mental Maintenance” means working with our own minds. Anxiety, depression, and stress can affect anybody.  First, we need to take care of our actual physical needs, but then we also should care for our minds.  Mental maintenance signifies stability.  So first, it is good to investigate our own minds.  Are they stable?  Are we in control of our minds?

Jobs and the Dharma: Finding a Balance

Jobs and the Dharma can co-exist in our lives. We don’t all have the ability, karma, or intention to leave everything behind and immediately go

Fourfold Cooling Method

Fourfold Cooling Method

Tibetan medicine calls for specific seasonal behavior.  The seasons can be divided either by equinox and solstice, the four seasons as we do in the West or into six seasons: Early Winter (November & December), Late Winter (January & February), Spring (March & April), Early Summer (May & June), Late Summer (Monsoon in some places) (July & August), and Autumn (September & October).  The seasons are then described according to what is happening in the climate and the environment. Certain behaviors are recommended for each of the seasons.

Correct Meditation Posture: Deadbug Develops a Strong Core

Correct meditation posture helps our minds to settle and our breath to flow naturally. In traditional Buddhist texts, we read that we should cross our legs and keep our spines erect. Correct meditation posture helps our minds to settle and our breath to flow naturally. In traditional Buddhist texts, we read that we should cross our legs and keep our spines erect.

Compassion in Daily Life: Be Psycho-Compassionate

Rinpoche encourages us to be “psycho-compassionate” rather than “psychotherapeutic” when confronted with people’s problems. Rather than trying to fix the person and their problems as

De-Stress With Alternate Nostril Breathing

The ancient yogic breathing technique of alternate nostril breathing, aka “nadi shodhana” is a simple yet potent mindful breathing practice with many benefits for the

Knowing mind

Knowing Mind

What is Dharma?…. Knowing Mind is Dharma When we hear the word dharma what do we think of? Often we think of sādhana practice, study, visualizations,