A Gradual Path of Study & Practice

Students join the Nine Yanas program and approach Vajrayana more gradually through more intensive study and contemplation.

The first Six Yanas of the program include teachings, contemplation, and reflection exercises that unfold gradually. Within these three stages, the student practices the Treasury of Blessings sadhana as a framework for meditation practice.

This progressive approach provides a structured framework with which to better understand and implement the Buddha’s precious teachings. By studying, contemplating, and meditating in stages like the levels of a staircase, we can gain realization more swiftly.

Latest Nine Yanas Teachings & Articles

Nine Yanas · The Foundation · Vajrayana
Prostrations are a way of paying respect as well as a mindfulness practice. In this video filmed at Samye Hermitage New York in 2015, Tulku Migmar discusses the purpose of prostration and demonstrates three different techniques.
10 minutes
Nine Yanas
In this video teaching, Tulku Migmar Tsering explains the significance of compassion in Mahayana Buddhism.
13 minutes
Holistic Living · Meditation · Nine Yanas
In this audio teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche explains how renunciation means we should be detached, but not irresponsible. Every bodhisattva has renunciation, but that does not mean they are irresponsible.
8 minutes
Meditation · Nine Yanas
In this video teaching, Tulku Migmar Tsering discusses how we can rely on patience in our daily life. If we can learn how to tolerate difficult conditions without giving rise to anger, we are being patient.
25 minutes

First Yana: Shravakayana

Shravakayana refers to the foundational vehicle of Buddhism. Shravaka means “hearer” or “listener”. A follower of this path develops a strong sense of renunciation and weariness with the cycle of rebirth. In order to attain this liberation, the hearer trains to realize the view of selflessness of person. Shravakas avoid the ten non-virtues, practice ethical behavior, and cultivate contentment.  Meditation training begins with calm abiding, or shamata meditation.

Courses

Recorded Teachings
Seven Points of Mind Training
14 Lessons

The Seven Points of Mind Training

In this course, Matthew Zalichin, resident teacher at Samye Hermitage New York, will lead students through the seminal text, The Seven Points of Mind Training, brought to Tibet by the great Atisha Dipamkara and committed to writing by Chekawa Yeshe Dorje.

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29 Lessons

The 37 Bodhisattva Practices

In this teaching series, Tulku Migmar Tsering provides detailed teaching and commentary on Gyalse Tokme Zangpo’s 37 Bodhisattva Practices.

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Recorded Teachings
19 Lessons

The Nine Yanas: Shravakayana

Approach the Buddha’s teachings gradually, learning how to integrate study, reflection, and meditation.

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Available in 3 languages
9 Lessons

Training in Compassion

Dr. David Shlim gently guides us to make the connection between relaxed open mind and natural compassion.

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Second Yana: Pratyekabuddhayana

The Pratyekabuddha refers to a “self-realized” practitioner who studies without the direct guidance of a teacher. Like the Shravaka, they cultivate detachment and renunciation. The primary focus of their contemplation is the 12 Links of Dependent Origination. Through this, they come to realize the view of selflessness of person and half the view of selflessness of phenomena. The result of this pathway is the self-liberation of an arhat.

Third Yana: Bodhisattvayana

Bodhisattvayana refers to Mahayana Buddhism (the Great Vehicle), which emphasizes the bodhisattva ideal and the principle of shunyata (emptiness). Bodhi means “enlightened”; sattva means “being.” A bodhisattva is a courageous being who out of compassion aspires to attain enlightenment in order to benefit all sentient beings. However, the bodhisattva’s compassion is only authentic if conjoined with the realization of the emptiness of all phenomena.

Treasury of Blessings Visualization

Three Outer Tantras

Empowerment

Green Tara

Study

Kriya-, Upa- and Yoga-Tantras

Practice Text

Kriya-, Upa- and Yoga-Tantras

Recitation

Atisha’s Five Stanzas Practice

Upon completion of the first Six Yanas, the student joins the Traditional Vajrayana Path and starts the Ngöndro practice.