Mahamudra

Student Reflections on Gomde Cooperstown’s Virtual Retreats – May 23 to June 1, 2020

Aug 6, 2020

Are you curious about what an online retreat is like? What type of experience can you expect? Is it beneficial? Recently, over two hundred and fifty people from seventeen countries around the...

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Understand Ignorance to Reveal Buddha-Nature

Nov 21, 2019

Understand ignorance.  Why would we need to do that if we are studying our minds? Most of us come to meditation retreats or Buddhist teachings because we are searching for answers.  We know that we are unhappy, or anxious, or...

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Late Summer Reflections

Aug 29, 2019

It is the first evening of the Mahamudra retreat (July 2019) at bucolic Rangjung Yeshe Gomde, and a dozen or so sangha members have gathered in the meditation hall, aka: the barn....

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Meditation: Correct Preparation in Three Steps

Mar 30, 2019

Learning meditation requires both study and actual practice. Correct preparation before starting a meditation session allows us to experience authentic...

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Announcing Path of Meditation Level II

Mar 15, 2019

Samye Institute is delighted to announce the roll-out of our home-study program for the Path of Meditation Level II. This online course continues on from our popular Path of Meditation Level I....

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Three Pillars of Tibetan Vajrayana Practice

Dec 5, 2017

Phakchok Rinpoche advises listeners on the best way to enter the Tibetan Vajrayana path by relying on three pillars to build a strong...

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Let the Dharma Resonate: Be Decisive!

Jan 17, 2017

Let the Dharma resonate fully by accumulating merit. This is the best method, Rinpoche advises. But we do this without lots of expectations and thoughts that there is some sort of magical Pandora's box that will transform us. That is...

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Persistence in Practice

Dec 27, 2016

Persistence in practice is something we often don't talk much about. But being persistent can make a big difference in our progress on the path. Phakchok Rinpoche, in this video clip from a teaching in Taiwan, has some advice for...

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Meditation: The Power of Transformation

Dec 6, 2016

Transformation can come about through meditation because meditation has many aspects. It’s more than you think! And, meditation is actually transformation. In this audio teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche explains how we may be...

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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.