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.

Anxiety and Meditation on Campus—Then and Now

Mar 31, 2020

Anxiety is widely reported to be the number one psychological challenge among students today, and in a recent survey, 97% of students reported technological distractions are a problem both inside and beyond the classroom. Any faculty member can confirm...

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What can we do if we really start to freak out? (Part 3 – Liberation through Feeling)

Mar 26, 2020

by Erric Solomon Panic is Energy A sense of panic isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But how we deal with panic can make a huge difference. Panic is energy, a kind of...

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What Can We Do If We Really Start to Freak Out? (Part 2 – Creating Space with Phakchok Rinpoche)

Mar 22, 2020

Phakchok Rinpoche teaches how to create space to feel more calm and lose fear, as well as slow down the loop of negative...

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Cultivating Devotion

Mar 19, 2020

Societal Human Values Series # 1 by Hilary Herdman Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo, (Srong-brtsan-sgam-po, reigned 629-650 CE. ), among his many achievements, promoted a moral code known as the Sixteen Principles of Societal...

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Busy Laziness

Mar 12, 2020

These days we are all so busy that we often don’t take time to consider how constant doing affects our minds. And we might be surprised to know that in the Buddhist tradition, busyness represents a type of spiritual laziness....

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Visualization: How and Why?

Mar 5, 2020

Visualization can seem unnecessarily complicated when we first encounter meditation instruction. But creating a mental image and using that as an object of our attention is an important technique on the Vajrayāna path. Here, Phakchok Rinpoche shares some brief instruction...

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Tibetan Losar: New Year, New Habit!

Feb 22, 2020

Beginning a Reflection and Meditation Practice in the New Year A New Year in any culture marks an opportunity for us to begin afresh. We mark the Tibetan New Year in 2020...

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The Treasury of Blessings: A Practice of Buddha Śākyamuni

Feb 18, 2020

Samye Institute is pleased to announce the production and release of a new video visualization of the Treasury of Blessings (see below).  We would like to use this joyful occasion to revisit...

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Anxiety: Seeing Through the Spin

Feb 6, 2020

Anxiety arises for almost all sentient beings in certain situations.  And there are times when worry can be useful or productive. A little stress can make us sharper, or enhance our performance at times. Yet humans, and particularly modern humans,...

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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.