Student Reflections

Engage with other sangha members here by reading and sharing reflections and discussing areas of interest to you. We all benefit from exchanging ideas and cultivating spiritual friendships. If you’re looking for inspiration, your fellow practitioners can help you feel supported and less alone! Do you have concerns about balancing practice and daily life? Here’s a place to turn for suggestions and encouragement.

Path of Dignity

Awakening Dignity: Student Reflections on Phakchok Rinpoche’s Public Lecture in Barcelona

Marc Dueñas reflects on Phakchok Rinpoche's recent public lecture in Barcelona, Spain....

Parenthood is Practice, Too

In this article, Alan Pope shows how parenthood provides an opportunity to take our meditation practice into the heart of our daily lives....
Path of Transformation

Radically Loving – Transcending Anxiety and Stress

Helen Felcey describes her experiences attending the three-day Radically Loving Retreat hosted by Erric Solomon....
Path of Realization

Taking Obstacles Onto the Path

Alan Pope talks about how we can learn to treat the obstacles on our path as our greatest blessings through skillful practice....
Path of Transformation» Path of Realization

Student Reflections on Gomde New York’s Virtual Retreats – May 23 to June 1, 2020

Samye Institute's students share their experiences during 2020's online retreats....
Facing Loss

Mariam’s Playground

Right now, as a result of this pandemic crisis, many people are navigating through loss of some kind. May Mariam’s Playground offer some measure of...
Anxiety and Meditation on Campus
Path of Transformation

Anxiety and Meditation on Campus—Then and Now

Anxiety is widely reported to be the number one psychological challenge among students today, and in a recent survey, 97% of students reported technological distractions...
Outstretched Hand
Path of Transformation

Forgetting the Goal: A Lesson on Hope and Despair

The Buddhist path is incredibly complex – beautifully so – interweaving a multitude of components the way a great weaver threads thousands of strands of...
A Dharmic Journey in Facing Cancer - Gunawan sharing
Path of Transformation

A Dharmic Journey in Facing Cancer

Wiyono Gunawan shares his experiences in facing a cancer diagnosis....
Radically Happy Austria

Radically Happy in Vienna and Everywhere

Judith Stemerdink-Herret shares her reflections from attending Erric Solomon's Radically Happy event in Vienna, Austria...
Path of Transformation

Marriage and Partnership Advice from Phakchok Rinpoche

A marriage is not just a union of one person to one person. Actually we need to build and combine skillful means, wisdom, enlightenment....
The Beauty of Simplicity: Mahamudra Retreat

Late Summer Reflections

Daniel Baruch shares some reflections of the first day of the 2019 Mahamudra retreat at Samye Hermitage New York....