Buddhist Practice

The Dawn of Dharma in Seville, With Online Teachings by Phakchok Rinpoche

Mar 12, 2021

Samye Institute’s Dharma Stream, the online program created by Phakchok Rinpoche, has started a new group in Seville, Andalusia’s capital city in Spain, organized and sponsored by the Asociación Bodhicitta Escola de...

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Sustain the Treasure of Samadhi

Oct 26, 2020

Phakchok Rinpoche shares a little bit of his new book, "In the Footsteps of Bodhisattvas", in which he teaches how the essence of meditation naturally arises when we properly line-up the right conditions within our...

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The Importance of Dignity

Jul 29, 2020

On the auspicious day of the birthday of Maha Guru Padmasambhava, Phakchok Rinpoche reminds his students about the importance of developing...

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Ullambana: The Hungry Ghost Month

Aug 22, 2019

What is Ullambana, or the Hungry Ghost Month? In Chinese culture, commonly known as the Hungry Ghost Festival, the practice of burning extensive offerings made of joss papers to appease hungry ghosts...

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A Garland of Protection

Jun 20, 2019

By Chou Chuen Perfectly Enlightened Mother, please protect us beginners on the Path! Sipping coffee and museum hopping in London with a monk that I barely knew. That was how my journey...

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New Ebook: A Glimpse of Buddhadharma, 2nd Edition by Phakchok Rinpoche

Jun 11, 2019

We rejoice in sharing the news that Lhasey Lotsawa has released a newly revised edition of A Glimpse of Buddhadharma.  In this volume, Phakchok Rinpoche offers a broad introduction to the key...

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Announcing Samye Institute’s Noble Living, Noble Caring, Noble Dying Support Program

Mar 1, 2019

We are excited to announce the debut of our new support program, Noble Living, Noble Caring, Noble Dying.   Most of us will receive care and give care to others at some...

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Experience Opens Understanding

Dec 11, 2018

How do we begin Buddhist practice? We can first listen to explanations from a qualified teacher, and take time to reflect on what we have heard--trying to understand a little more. Then, after a lot of studies we then gradually...

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Buddha Nature: Our Ground

Sep 11, 2018

Buddha-nature refers to the ground, the basic nature that we all share.  It is our "starting point", so to speak. We refer to the ground of all sentient beings, the ground of the Buddha, the ground of all dharmas, and...

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Celebrate Chökhor Düchen!

Jul 16, 2018

Celebrate Chökhor Düchen by recollecting the Buddha's first teaching after his awakening. Tibetan Buddhists commemorate this auspicious event on the fourth day of the sixth Lunar month. In 2018, we celebrate Chökhor Düchen on July...

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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.