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Key Words of Advice from Dza Patrül Rinpoche

Jan 12, 2022

Phakchok Rinpoche wishes everyone a happy 2022 and shares very useful advice from Dza Patrül Rinpoche for both mundane and spiritual...

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All I Want for Christmas is… More Compassion for Everyone!

Dec 22, 2021

This Christmas Season, Samye Institute was delighted to host Dr. David Shlim's teaching called "All I Want for Christmas is… More Compassion for Everyone!"...

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Introducing Phakchok Rinpoche’s December Teachings

Dec 10, 2021

Samye is ​delighted to announce two upcoming teachings from Phakchok Rinpoche this December: The Wisdom of the Time of Death Sutra Phakchok Rinpoche will teach on the Noble Wisdom of the Time...

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All I Want for Christmas is… More Compassion for Everyone!

Dec 9, 2021

This holiday season, Samye Institute is delighted to announce a live event from Dr. David Shlim, titled All I Want for Christmas is… More Compassion for Everyone! On December 14th, 2021, at...

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How to Meditate in Difficult Times

Oct 31, 2021

Samye Institute is pleased to announce that Tulku Migmar Tsering will generously share his teachings on the topic of “How to Meditate in Difficult Times” on this upcoming Dakini Day. Tulku-la will be teaching in English. Don’t miss this precious...

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What Can We Do If We Really Start to Freak Out? (Part 2 – Creating Space with Phakchok Rinpoche)

Mar 22, 2020

Phakchok Rinpoche teaches how to create space to feel more calm and lose fear, as well as slow down the loop of negative...

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Cultivating New Habits for Busy Minds

Oct 10, 2019

When we hear the word "meditation" we may think that we can't keep still for an hour and be calm.  But, as Tulku Migmar as explains here, the point of meditation is the process itself.   When we meditate we are...

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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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Compassion in Daily Life: Be Psycho-Compassionate

May 6, 2019

Rinpoche encourages us to be “psycho-compassionate” rather than “psychotherapeutic” when confronted with people’s problems. Rather than trying to fix the person and their problems as in a therapeutic model, it is better,...

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Knowing Mind

Feb 12, 2019

What is Dharma?…. Knowing Mind is Dharma When we hear the word dharma what do we think of? Often we think of sādhana practice, study, visualizations, meditation, etc. But what is the real meaning...

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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.