Student Pathways

Meditation

These progressive programs are open to anyone. A student can enter this pathway without having taken the Buddhist refuge vows or having received any previous Buddhist teachings.

The Path of Meditation Levels 1 and 2 are required for all personal students of Phakchok Rinpoche.  Samye Institute has worked closely with Rinpoche to develop training courses that follow his recommended progression.  The student begins by understanding the ground, reconnecting with the purity and perfection that is our innate nature. The path of meditation guides the student to an experiential recognition of this truth.

Meditation Sub-Pathways

Meditation Courses

Phakchok Rinpoche
Phakchok Rinpoche guides students to recognize the essence of thought and to distinguish mind from awareness.
Phakchok Rinpoche
Using a classic Mahayana Sutra, Phakchok Rinpoche gives pithy practice advice covering five core topics on the Buddhist path.
Phakchok Rinpoche
Phakchok Rinpoche guides students through a year-long experiential meditation practice program.
Phakchok Rinpoche
Phakchok Rinpoche introduces a step-by-step approach to understanding how our minds function.

Teachings and Articles in the Meditation Pathway

99 minutes

Tonglen: Developing Compassion and Empathy

Khenpo Gyaltsen
In this teaching, Khenpo Gyaltsen explains that Tonglen is the mind training of giving and taking, and that this is one way of exchanging self...
video
99 minutes
21 minutes

Understanding the All-ground Consciousness and Afflictions

Tulku Migmar Tsering
In this video, Tulku Migmar explains the function of the all-ground consciousness. The five sense consciousnesses derive from the all-ground consciousness....
video
21 minutes
Five Negative Emotions
20 minutes

Five Negative Emotions

Phakchok Rinpoche
Five negative emotions cause us so many problems. In this audio clip, Phakchok Rinpoche explains how the Buddha taught about the mind and about actions. Rinpoche...
audio
20 minutes
5 minutes

Tonglen Practice: Developing Bodhicitta

Phakchok Rinpoche
In this video, Phakchok Rinpoche teaches the practice of Tonglen as a method to develop bodhicitta. ...
video
5 minutes
10 minutes

Beginner Tonglen Meditation

Tulku Migmar Tsering
Tulku Migmar explains in this video clip how we can begin to work with the profound practice of Tonglen.   Moreover, he advises how we can...
video
10 minutes
13 minutes

Mindfulness Means Reminding

Phakchok Rinpoche
Mindfulness means reminding ourselves about how to behave and think. Phakchok Rinpoche gives instructions on how to understand mindfulness as a whole package....
video
13 minutes
1 minutes

Extending Mindfulness: How to Train

Phakchok Rinpoche
Extending mindfulness is a type of training. How do we maintain? Phakchok Rinpoche in this video explains that extending is a skill that we need...
video
1 minutes
11 minutes

Samsaric Mind: How Does it Work?

Tulku Migmar Tsering
In this video, Tulku Migmar explains how our samsaric mind is the very origin of cyclic existence....
video
11 minutes
9 minutes

Vision and Mission: Buddhahood, Part 3

Phakchok Rinpoche
Phakchok Rinpoche concludes his discussion of the different types of mind by giving a very detailed meditation instructions including tips on correct posture and eye...
video
9 minutes
Vision and mission
31 minutes

Vision and Mission: Buddhahood, Part 2

Phakchok Rinpoche
Phakchok Rinpoche continues discussing the types of mind....
video
31 minutes
Vision
37 minutes

Vision and Mission: Buddhahood, Part 1

Phakchok Rinpoche
Vision and mission are terms we know well from our business and life planning. But often, when we begin to meditate, we don't have any...
video
37 minutes
8 minutes

Training in Kindness

Phakchok Rinpoche
In this teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche reminds us that all of the Buddha's teachings revolve around developing and training in kindness....
video
8 minutes