Practice Advice

The Six Pāramitās: Part Two

Sep 22, 2021

In this teaching kindly provided by Samye’s Indonesian Sangha, Khenpo Gyaltsen begins a series of teachings dedicated to the six pāramitās....

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The Six Pāramitās: Part One

Sep 1, 2021

In this teaching kindly provided by Samye’s Indonesian Sangha, Khenpo Gyaltsen begins a series of teachings dedicated to the six pāramitās....

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The Heart Essence of Padmasambhava

Jul 19, 2021

On this special day of the monkey month, we celebrate the birth of our Precious Maha Guru within a lotus blossom on Lake Dhanakosha. Phakchok Rinpoche shares with us a verse from the Heart Essence of...

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In the Footsteps of Bodhisattvas Summer Course 2021

Jun 13, 2021

Samye Institute is pleased to announce the second 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...

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Making Dharma Practice Real: Vajrayana Ground, Path and Fruition

Jun 1, 2021

“Don’t rush Dharma practice”, Phakchok Rinpoche advised an audience at Gomde Austria. But, on the other hand, don’t be too lazy–instead, practice self-reflection and motivation regularly.  When we begin studying Buddhism, of...

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Preparing to Die, Learning to Live

Apr 3, 2021

In “Preparing to Die, Learning to Live,” Tulku Migmar discusses how preparing to die is fundamentally about how we live. When we live with aims like accumulation of wealth, and we have a lot of attachments, facing death can be...

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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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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.