Buddhist Philosophy

Phakchok Rinpoche and senior instructors offer regular audio, video and written wisdom teachings. You can check your understanding with reflections or practice exercises. Browse by topic and level according to your interest.

Being Benevolent to Your Neighbors

Jun 10, 2020

Societal Human Values Series # 6 by Hilary Herdman Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo, (Srong-brtsan-sgam-po), reigned 629-650 CE. Among his many achievements, he promoted a moral code known as the  Sixteen Principles of Societal Human Values (mi chos gtsang...

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Being Respectful to Those of High Status and One’s Elders

May 28, 2020

Societal Human Values Series #5 by Hilary Herdman Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo, (Srong-brtsan-sgam-po), reigned 629-650 CE. Among his many achievements, he promoted a moral code known as the Sixteen Principles of Societal Human Values (mi...

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Saga Dawa – The 100,000 Multiplying Month

May 21, 2020

The Importance of Strengthening our Practice Saga Dawa Saga Dawa (Sanskrit Vaiśākha) is the fourth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar and is considered the most important Buddhist holiday period of the year.  The...

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Showing Respect to the Learned

May 12, 2020

Societal Human Values Series # 4 by Hilary Herdman Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo, (Srong-brtsan-sgam-po), reigned 629-650 CE. Among his many achievements, he promoted a moral code known as the  Sixteen Principles of Societal Human Values...

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Relying on the Four Immeasurable Qualities During a Pandemic (Part 4): Immeasurable Sympathetic Joy

May 5, 2020

By Erric Solomon The practice of the Four Immeasurable Qualities—Equanimity, Loving-Kindness, Compassion, and Sympathetic Joy— is common to all Buddhist traditions of practice. For our great tradition of Mahayana, they are the foundation...

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Repaying the Kindness of One’s Parents

Apr 28, 2020

Societal Human Values Series #3 by Hilary Herdman Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo, (Srong-brtsan-sgam-po) reigned from 629-650 CE. Among his many achievements, he disseminated a moral code, known as the Sixteen Principles of Societal...

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Relying on the Four Immeasurable Qualities During a Pandemic (Part 3): Immeasurable Compassion

Apr 23, 2020

By Erric Solomon The practice of the Four Immeasurable Qualities—Equanimity, Loving-Kindness, Compassion, and Sympathetic Joy— is common to all Buddhist traditions of practice. For our great tradition of Mahayana, they are the...

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Relying on the Four Immeasurable Qualities During a Pandemic (Part 2): Immeasurable Loving-Kindness

Apr 16, 2020

By Erric Solomon The practice of the Four Immeasurable Qualities—Equanimity, Loving-Kindness, Compassion, and Sympathetic Joy— is common to all Buddhist traditions of practice. For our great tradition of Mahayana, they are the...

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Seeking and Practicing the Dharma

Apr 14, 2020

Societal Human Values Series #2 by Hilary Herdman A quick Covid-19 note from the Samye staff: During this challenging global pandemic, we realize that many people are in need of material more...

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Relying on the Four Immeasurable Qualities During a Pandemic (Part 1): Immeasurable Equanimity

Apr 9, 2020

By Erric Solomon During turbulent periods of crises, I find it really helpful to go to the heart of the teachings of the Buddhadharma. By remembering to bring forth the essential teachings...

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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.