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26 minutes

A Story of Connection: Introducing Guru Rinpoche

Phakchok Rinpoche
Phakchok Rinpoche explains how Guru Rinpoche came to manifest in this world to perpetuate the Vajrayana teachings....
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26 minutes
79 minutes

Receiving the Four Empowerments

Phakchok Rinpoche
In this video teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche explains the profound meaning of the four empowerments, the heart of the Vajrayana path....
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79 minutes
6 minutes

The Three Roots: Dignity, Blessings, and Showing Us Freedom

Phakchok Rinpoche
Phakchok Rinpoche emphasizes the Three Roots in Vajrayana: The Guru, the root of blessings, the Yidam, the root of dignity, and the Dakini for the...
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6 minutes

About Phakchok Rinpoche & Samye Institute

Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche was born in 1981 and is a lineage holder of the Profound Treasures of Chokgyur Lingpa from the Nyingma School of Early Translations and one of the throne-holders of the Riwoche Taklung Kagyu Lineage. Phakchok Rinpoche’s primary root gurus are his grandfather, the late Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, and late Kyabje Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche.

Samye, under the direction of Phakchok Rinpoche, is a place where students from all corners of the globe explore how to work with their minds in order to lead meaningful lives. Drawing from authentic Buddhist wisdom traditions, our online platform offers live teachings, structured courses, interactive forums, and community for the modern age.​

Guru Rinpoche Day Messages from Phakchok Rinpoche

In Tibetan Buddhism, we celebrate the 10th day of each lunar month as Guru Rinpoche day. Guru Rinpoche or Padmasambhava is the Buddha who established Vajrayana Buddhism in Tibet. On the outer level, the Mahaguru is the essence of all buddhas and lineage masters. The late master Dudjom Rinpoche wrote a beautiful commentary on The Concise Benefits of the Festival of the Tenth Day.

Latest Audio/Video Teachings

Samye Institute publishes regular audio and video teachings from Phakchok Rinpoche and other senior instructors. Most teachings are free to access but some will require a Vajrayana Membership account.

115 minutes

The Four Immeasurables

Khenpo Gyaltsen
In this video teaching, Khenpo Gyaltsen explains the Four Immeasurables: Love, compassion, joy, and equanimity...
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115 minutes
99 minutes

Losar 2024 Ngondro Retreat – Refuge, Bodhicitta and Prostrations

Tulku Migmar Tsering
In this video, Tulku Migmar Tsering introduces the four (or five) foundations of the preliminary practices, with a special emphasis on refuge, bodhicitta and prostrations....
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99 minutes
45 minutes

Losar 2024 Ngondro Retreat – Introduction

Tulku Migmar Tsering
In this video, Tulku explains why these foundational practices are more important than the main part of practice....
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45 minutes
104 minutes

The Bodhicitta of Exchanging Self and Other

Khenpo Gyaltsen
In this video, Khenpo Gyaltsen explains the practice of exchanging self and others as found in the Seven Verses of Mind Training and Shantideva's Bodhicaryāvatāra....
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104 minutes
85 minutes

Eight Verses of Mind Training, Session Two

Khenpo Gyaltsen
In this video, Khenpo Gyaltsen continues his teaching on Geshe Langri Thangpa's Eight Verses of Training the Mind....
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85 minutes
122 minutes

Seven Steps of Cause and Effect Meditation to Generate Bodhicitta

Khenpo Gyaltsen
In this teaching, Khenpo Gyaltsen explains how one gives rise to bodhicitta for the first time by means of the seven-part cause-and-effect meditation to generate...
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122 minutes

Awakening Dignity by Phakchok Rinpoche

“I wholeheartedly recommend this book for all who wish to find happiness and fulfillment in their lives.”

— Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

“Awakening Dignity is a beautiful and compelling practical guide to living a more fulfilling life—meaning a life filled with inner dignity.”

— Richard J. Davidson, author of New York Times bestseller The Emotional Life of Your Brain

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Dharma Foundations

A selection of recommended teachings and articles that cover the essentials of Dharma practice.

Change
32 minutes

Change: Why We Need to Practice the Four Mind Changings

Khenpo Gyaltsen
Khenpo Gyaltsen taught on the four mind changings in São Paulo, Brazil. In this excerpt from his talk, Khenpo-la explains that first, we have to...
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32 minutes
Integrating Dharma
10 minutes

Qualities of Good Human Beings

Phakchok Rinpoche
As we begin to develop an appreciation for the teachings of the Buddha we benefit from reflecting on the qualities of good human beings. In...
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10 minutes
Four Mind Changings

Student Reflections on the Four Mind Changings

Read insightful student reflections on the Four Mind Changings, a Tibetan Buddhist teaching that inspires personal transformation and spiritual growth....
Precious Human Life
16 minutes

Precious Human Life

Khenpo Gyaltsen
In this audio teaching, Khenpo Gyaltsen explains what is meant by "precious human life."...
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16 minutes

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Featured Courses

Browse Samye Institute’s constantly-growing catalogue of courses and support programs.​ Full and partial scholarships are available. All courses are also included as part of the Vajrayana Membership.

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1 Lesson

Lamrim Yeshe Nyingpo

The material in this course is available only to Lamrim Yeshe Nyingpo students of Phakchok Rinpoche.

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2 Lessons

Sukhavati Teachings

The material in this course is available only to attendees of Phakchok Rinpoche’s Sukhavati Retreats at Samye Hermitage New York…

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Recorded Teachings
Seven Points of Mind Training
14 Lessons

The Seven Points of Mind Training

In this course, Matthew Zalichin, resident teacher at Samye Hermitage New York, will lead students through the seminal text, The Seven Points of Mind Training, brought to Tibet by the great Atisha Dipamkara and committed to writing by Chekawa Yeshe Dorje.

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Available in 6 languages
37 Lessons

The Seed of Supreme Awakening

Teachings on the Seed of Supreme Awakening, the extensive Ngöndro of the Lamé Tukdrup Barché Künsel.

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Available in 4 languages
29 Lessons

The 37 Bodhisattva Practices

In this teaching series, Tulku Migmar Tsering provides detailed teaching and commentary on Gyalse Tokme Zangpo’s 37 Bodhisattva Practices.

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$108
14 Lessons

In the Footsteps of Bodhisattvas (Winter 2020)

About This Course This 14-week course will guide participants through the concepts and practices given in Phakchok Rinpoche’s In the Footsteps…

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Local Dharma-stream Groups

Dharma-stream is a series of regular video teachings directly from Phakchok Rinpoche, designed to be viewed in a group setting.

Rinpoche has produced several video series’. These teachings are presented in a step-by-step manner, becoming more and more profound over time.

There are many groups in location around the world. If there is no group near you, we can provide support and guidance to help you start one.

For Experienced Students

We've curated posts for you, based on topics of ritual, devotion, buddha nature, and more.

Commit to Sit

50 hours of Collective Meditation

To date, our global sangha has accumulated over 50 hours of collective meditation! We rejoice in the merit!

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