Introducing Samye Institute's Vajrayana Membership

Khenpo Gyaltsen

Motivation

Motivation or Intention

Motivation or intention precedes any activity, even if we don’t realize or acknowledge it. According to traditional Buddhist teachings, the initial motivation really determines whether

Science of Mind

Buddhist Science of Mind

Science of mind occupies a great deal of attention in Buddhist philosophy. This is not some new development; ancient Buddhist texts include major treatises

Impermanence and freedom

Impermanence and Freedom

Khenpo Gyaltsen knows that discussions of impermanence can cause strange reactions. Our nature is impermanent. There is no reason to feel unhappy about it. We

Ethical behavior

Ethical Behavior in Buddhism: The Virtues

Ethical behavior occupies a central role on the Buddhist path to awakening. Yet often, modern presentations of Buddhist teaching skip over these fundamental principles. In

Precious Human Life

Precious Human Life

First, Khenpo requests that we learn about the meaning of a precious human life. Then, he asks us to make an effort to share these

Dharma wheel and pair of deer

Dharma Wheel and Pair of Deer

We may notice certain representations such as a Dharma wheel with two deer gazing steadily at it appear frequently. Why do we see this image

life-release

Life-Release

Life-release, or the saving of animals destined for slaughter, is practiced throughout the Buddhist world. All schools of Buddhism encourage followers to not only refrain

prayer flags

Prayer Flags

Prayer flags have now become very popular throughout the world. What is their history and significance?