Nine Yanas

Preliminary Practices from the Lamé Tukdrup Barché Künsel: Going for Refuge

Jan 17, 2022

In this teaching, generously sponsored by Samye's Indonesian Sangha, Drupla Sonam Tsering provides instruction and commentary to the The Four Foundations or Ngöndro practices of the Tukdrup Barché Künsel. Drupla will be teaching on the refuge portion of the Concise...

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The 37 Bodhisattva Practices: Session 4

Jan 10, 2022

Practices. In this fourth session, Tulku-la talks about how to best reflect on the truth of impermanence, and how removing oneself from distractions allows one to truly practice...

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The 37 Bodhisattva Practices: Session 3

Jan 4, 2022

This teaching continues the series generously sponsored by Samye’s Vietnamese Sangha. In this recording, Tulku Migmar Tsering talks about the importance of place in our path, how it is critical to distance yourself from physical and mental distractions in order...

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The 37 Bodhisattva Practices: Session 2

Dec 27, 2021

This teaching continues the series generously sponsored by Samye’s Indonesian Sangha. In this recording, Tulku Migmar Tsering talks about how to effectively practice meditation during times of great suffering, chaos and change....

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The 37 Bodhisattva Practices: Session 1

Nov 30, 2021

This teaching continues the series generously sponsored by Samye’s Indonesian Sangha. In this recording, Tulku Migmar Tsering talks about how to effectively practice meditation during times of great suffering, chaos and change....

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The Two Pramāṇas: An Overview

Oct 20, 2021

In the previous essay, we discussed the study of knowledge (“epistemology”) in general terms. The central question of epistemology is: how do we know things? What does it mean, to know something?...

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The Six Pāramitās: Part Two

Sep 22, 2021

In this teaching kindly provided by Samye’s Indonesian Sangha, Khenpo Gyaltsen begins a series of teachings dedicated to the six pāramitās....

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The Six Pāramitās: Part One

Sep 1, 2021

In this teaching kindly provided by Samye’s Indonesian Sangha, Khenpo Gyaltsen begins a series of teachings dedicated to the six pāramitās....

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Multiplying Effects: Five Ways of Multiplying Merit

Jul 1, 2021

Practitioners should take advantage of all opportunities to increase the accumulation of merit easily and swiftly. We need to know how to magnify our virtues. Phakchok Rinpoche reminds us regularly that we need to consistently accumulate merit....

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The Buddhist Science of Logic

May 5, 2021

One of the most important terms in Buddhism is avidyā or “ignorance,” a Sanskrit word that literally means “not knowing,” from one of the many Sanskrit roots that means “know” (vid, which...

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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.