Noble Living: Study and Reflections

Instant Liberation Through Supplication

Jan 10, 2020

Instant liberation can happen, even if we think that practice while dying is very difficult. How can this happen? If we take the time to build a strong habit of supplication and...

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Physical Health: Advice from Phakchok Rinpoche

Jan 9, 2020

Physical health situations can make our lives more stressful and difficult to manage. And we often ask the Rinpoches and lamas what spiritual practices we should do when we are having health problems. Here,...

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Conversation: Tulku Migmar on the Bardo

Jan 8, 2020

Samye Institute’s Noble Living, Noble Caring and Noble Dying team continues the conversation about Noble Living and Care-giving. Here the team discusses the bardo, the intermediate period after death—and the importance and...

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The Six Bardos: Powerful Opportunities for Liberation

Jan 7, 2020

In a previous Guru Rinpoche Day message, Phakchok Rinpoche sent students a reminder to regularly bring to mind teachings on the six bardos. We present here an excerpt from this message in which...

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Conversation: Preparing For Our Own Death

Jan 6, 2020

In July, 2018, Samye Institute recorded a series of conversations on the topic of Noble Living, Noble Caring and Noble Dying. This project came about from the questions we heard from many...

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Taking Hold of Bodhicitta

Jan 5, 2020

Taking hold of Bodhicitta is a crucial element of Noble Living and also of Noble Caring. When we wish to live nobly, we give up our own ego-centered point-of-view. Even if we...

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Four Reminders for Noble Living

Jan 4, 2020

In the Buddhist tradition, we speak frequently about Four Mind Changings. The Four reminders, or Four Mind Changings that turn the mind towards the dharma are powerful contemplation on both life and...

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Conversation with Tulku Migmar: How We Live is How We Die

Jan 3, 2020

In this conversation, Tulku Migmar speaks about living a meaningful life. This is good advice regardless of whether we are Buddhist or not. And he emphasizes the fact that we all write...

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Conversation with Phakchok Rinpoche on Noble Living, Noble Caring, Noble Dying

Jan 2, 2020

The Noble Living, Noble Caring, Noble Dying team met with Phakchok Rinpoche on several occasions to discuss questions frequently posed by sangha members. In this recorded conversation, various participants raised issues from...

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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.