In this teaching, Tulku MIgmar underlines the importance of knowing what causes suffering. Only by appreciating what brings uneasiness and pain for ourselves and others can we authentically develop compassion.
In this video teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche makes the point that it is not helpful to jump around from one practice to another when engaging in Vajrayana practice. Taking it slowly with Vajrayana means following the pathway as laid out by Guru Rinpoche.
Connecting with Vajrayana, Phakchok Rinpoche explains, means starting from the ground of recalling our pure nature In this video, Rinpoche explains the difference between believing and gaining practice experience.
We can learn how to deal with job-dissatisfaction and work-related stress. In this video, Tulku Migmar reminds us that we often blame the boss or our co-workers for bad situations. Often we make judgments quickly and misinterpret situations. And if we are working virtually, opportunities for misreading the room are even greater! But we don't usually consider the possibility that we are creating our own job unhappiness and dissatisfaction.
Prostrations are a way of paying respect as well as a mindfulness practice. In this video filmed at Samye Hermitage New York in 2015, Tulku Migmar discusses the purpose of prostration and demonstrates three different techniques.
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 in Tibetan Buddhism.
In this audio teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche explains how renunciation means we should be detached, but not irresponsible. Every bodhisattva has renunciation, but that does not mean they are irresponsible.
During the holiday season in 2021, Samye Institute was delighted to host Dr. David Shlim. In his talk, Dr. Shlim shared a brief teaching on how we can train our compassion during the holiday season, and answered the audience's questions on developing a relaxed, aware mind.
In this video teaching, Tulku Migmar Tsering discusses how we can rely on patience in our daily life. If we can learn how to tolerate difficult conditions without giving rise to anger, we are being patient.
Positive qualities such as calmness and compassion can be developed through practicing meditation. In this teaching from a special Dharma-stream essentials series for Dawn of Dharma students, Phakchok Rinpoche explains the significance of morality and the positive qualities that help us in our practice.
The Six Paramitas are the conduct to be taken up on the Mahayana path. Phakchok Rinpoche introduces the Six Perfections that constitute the bodhisattva path—generosity, discipline, patience, diligence, meditation, and wisdom.
Great Master Attitude involves taking the life examples of realized masters to heart . Phakchok RInpoche reminds us of the core of Buddhist practice: The transformation of mind and the realization of mind nature.
Cleansing the body using simple breathing techniques maintains our health and balances the elements in our bodies. Phakchok Rinpoche explains the importance of coordinating our breathing to begin our meditation and practice sessions.
Three important exercises that take ten minutes per day can improve our mind and body. In the third and final exercise, Phakchok Rinpoche shows a simple exercise that we can use to tap into our fundamental dignity.
In this teaching, Tulku Migmar discusses the third of the "inner" ngöndro practices, offering the mandala. This practice is a means of perfecting the accumulation of merit and overcoming our emotional obscurations hindering liberation.
Rinpoche explains the second pillar of Vajrayana, which involves individual practices starting with Ngöndro, and progressing to deity practices and the Six Yogas. The third pillar focuses on sitting meditation and Mahamudra and Dzogchen practices.
Phakchok Rinpoche emphasizes the importance of blessings in Vajrayana practice through supplication to root and lineage gurus, allowing us to feel the presence of buddhas and bodhisattvas, transforming our practice without over-intellectualization.
Tulku Migmar Tsering brings his teachings to the Vietnamese Sangha on the Ngöndro (preliminary practices) by discussing the first two of the four mind changings: The opportunities provided by our current human birth and the truth of impermanence.
Phakchok Rinpoche shares a lesson he learned from his father about the Five Perfections as the requirement for a good result. We must build our own decisiveness, trust, confidence, dignity, and devotion, which come from reflection and practice. Rinpoche encourages self-examination and daily reflection without judgment.
Phakchok Rinpoche introduces Vajrayana practice by teaching how to reflect on our character, identify ignorance in our minds, purify our emotions, and emphasizes that genuine transformation through meditation requires honest reflection on our cognitive and emotional obscurations.