dharma practice

Announcing a New Addition to the ‘Advice for Dying Practitioners’ Curriculum

Dec 11, 2020

All of us as practitioners often contemplate our own death, as well as the death of our fellow beloved sangha members.  The question often arises ”how do we best prepare for death”?  If the state of mind and heart are...

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How to Plan Your Personal Retreat, Part Two

Dec 10, 2020

In Part Two of “How to Plan Your Personal Retreat,” recorded on December 10, 2020, Drupla Sonam Tsering, who has completed three three-year retreats, continues his discussion of advice on how to conduct...

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Announcing a New Course: In the Footsteps of Bodhisattvas

Nov 25, 2020

Samye Institute is pleased to announce a live-session course based on Phakchok Rinpoche’s new book, In the Footsteps of Bodhisattvas. This 14-week class will guide participants through the concepts and practices given...

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The Eight Worldly Dharmas

Nov 10, 2020

What determines the success of our Dharma practice is our own mind, and the eight worldly concerns are what keep us from authentic Dharma practice. Worldliness means we seek to gain protection from what we fear and to gain happiness,...

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How to Plan Your Personal Retreat, Part One

Oct 12, 2020

How do we choose where to go for retreat? What are suggestions on retreat for someone with commitments like family or children? What are the advantages and disadvantages of solitary retreat? When should we do retreat at...

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Dhāraṇī and Mantra: A Brief Introduction

May 20, 2020

by Hilary Herdman In Buddhist texts, we encounter two related but slightly different terms that refer to incantations or invocations associated with powerful properties. Dhāraṇī and Mantra both may involve the holding or...

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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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A Dharmic Journey in Facing Cancer

Jan 23, 2020

By Wiyono Gunawan (pictured above in the middle, with his spiritual family before his operation at his home town, December 2017) This reflection has been translated and edited for better clarity. The...

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Jobs and the Dharma: Finding a Balance

Sep 30, 2019

Jobs and the Dharma can co-exist in our lives. We don’t all have the ability, karma, or intention to leave everything behind and immediately go off into the mountains on retreat. Here,...

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Patience: Practicing the Pāramitās in Daily Life, Part Four

Sep 19, 2019

Patience comes into play when we encounter anger or difficult outside circumstances. This third of the six transcendental perfections, or pāramitās, helps us to remain stable as we face problems in mundane life and in spiritual practice. Here, Tulku Migmar...

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