Samye Holistic Living Programs

Resources for Anyone

Regardless of our background, age, and way of life, all human beings long for true happiness, a sense of mental ease and well-being, and to be free from suffering. Here we share methods derived from 2,500 years of the Buddha’s teachings that can help us all to achieve spacious minds, a sense of ease, kind hearts, dignity, and deep contentment.


Samye Insititute offers short courses featuring Phakchok Rinpoche and contributing experts in mind and body training. These are open to all regardless of previous training or experience. Learn how to expand your mind and heart and care for your physical body to allow for greater ease.

Living the Rhythm of Happiness

In this teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche shows how we can create a rhythm to our daily lives, allowing us to face the challenges of daily life and to bring true benefit to both ourselves and others. Rinpoche emphasizes that this is based on a routine that supports the development of calmness and openness to new experiences. In the beginning, we don’t need to commit to hours of sitting meditation, instead, focusing on creating space when we face problems lets us avoid the reactive patterns that lead to suffering.

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Featured Blogs

Browse our selection of articles and short video or audio teachings to learn more about how our minds work. Phakchok Rinpoche, his instructors, and guest authors provide tips for dealing with common issues such as stress, anxiety, fear and boredom. We also feature tips on managing our negative emotions and developing more kind and loving hearts.

Noble Living, Noble Caring, Noble Dying

Noble Living, Noble Caring and Noble Dying describes the outlook we can bring to our human experience. This resource center is the result of many conversations with Phakchok Rinpoche, Tulku Migmar, and experts in the caring profession. We invite you to explore how our Buddhist practice informs our living, caring, and dying so that they are noble: filled with dignity and grace.

Radically Happy: A User's Guide to the Mind

East meets West in Phakchok Rinpoche and Erric Solomon‘s fresh, modern take on a timeless challenge: how to find contentment and meaning in life.


Societal Human Values

Explore ancient wisdom based on the edict of the 7th century Tibetan Dharma King Songsten Gampo. These guidelines provide a template for engaging with others in a kind and compassionate manner.

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.