Mahayoga Practices

Mahayoga is the first of the inner tantras and the practice most of us proceed to after completing the ngöndro. In Mahayoga sadhanas, we embrace the practice with the three samadhis. The first samadhi, the samadhi of suchness, is resting in the realization of the nature of the mind, the emptiness of the dharmakaya. The second is the all-illuminating samadhi, the ceaseless compassion of the sambhogakaya. The final samadhi, the causal samadhi, is the indivisibility of the previous two arising in the nirmanakaya form as the yidam deity’s seed syllable. This page collects Samye Institute’s teachings on Mahayoga practice from the Vajrayana Membership.

Video Teachings

110 minutes

The Practice of Mahayoga as Mind Training, Session Two

Khenpo Gyaltsen
Mind training in the context of Mahayoga relates to the two stages of development and completion stages. When we talk about secret mantra teachings one...
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110 minutes
104 minutes

The Practice of Mahayoga as Mind Training, Session One

Khenpo Gyaltsen
Mind training in the context of Mahayoga relates to the two stages of development and completion stages. When we talk about secret mantra teachings one...
video
104 minutes
40 minutes

The Vajrayana Samayas

Khenpo Gyaltsen
In this video, Khenpo Gyaltsen offers a short introduction to the Vajrayana samayas....
video
40 minutes
33 minutes

Trinlé Nyingpo: Stages of Preparation

Tulku Migmar Tsering
In this teaching, Tulku Migmar explains the stages of preparation for the Trinlé Nyingpo practice....
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33 minutes
48 minutes

The Dakini Principle

Tulku Migmar Tsering
In this teaching, Tulku Migmar Tsering, with characteristic humor and simple examples, answers some frequently asked questions for Vajrayana practitioners and explains the Dakini priciple...
video
48 minutes
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....
video
26 minutes

Audio Teachings

23 minutes

The History of the Tukdrup Barché Kunsel

Drupla Sherab Dorje
Drupla Sherab Dorje explains the background and history of the Tukdrup Barché Kunsel Ngöndro....
audio
23 minutes
129 minutes

How to Practice Visualization: Explaining the Three Samadhis (Part 2)

Phakchok Rinpoche
In this teaching Phakchok Rinpoche gives a very clear introduction to practicing the three samadhis. He reviews the ground, path, and fruition of Vajrayana as...
audio
129 minutes
99 minutes

How to Practice Visualization: Explaining the Three Samadhis (Part 1)

Phakchok Rinpoche
In this teaching Phakchok Rinpoche gives a very clear introduction to practicing the three samadhis. He reviews the ground, path, and fruition of Vajrayana as...
audio
99 minutes
Courtesy of Schechen Monastery
84 minutes

Patrul Rinpoche’s Key Points for Meditation on the Four Stakes That Bind the Life-force

Phakchok Rinpoche
In this audio teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche teaches on the Five Excellences and the Four Stakes....
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84 minutes
4 minutes

Sadhana Practice: The Importance of Ritual

Phakchok Rinpoche
In this audio teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche briefly discusses the importance of learning the correct ritual behavior....
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4 minutes
7 minutes

The Benefits of Sādhana Practice

Phakchok Rinpoche
In this audio clip from February 2015 in Nepal, a student asks Phakchok Rinpoche about the benefits of sadhana practice....
audio
7 minutes

Articles

Tukdrup Barché Kunsel Shrine Diagram

Many students ask questions about how to set up a proper Tukdrup Barché Kunsel shrine for group practice or at home. Phakchok Rinpoche has kindly...

Integrating Your Practice: Advice from Phakchok Rinpoche

Phakchok Rinpoche provides practical experience on how we can structure our Vajrayana practice....

Eight Essential Points for Every Practice Session

In this document, Phakchok Rinpoche shares the eight essential points to hold in mind for any meditation session. ...

The Fourteen Root Samayas

Phakchok Rinpoche would like to share this document with all his Vajrayana students so they may regularly reflect on the fourteen root Samayas, the life-essence...

Practice Companions

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