Under the Guidance of Phakchok Rinpoche, Study and Practice is Broken Down Into Three Streams...
THE PATH OF MEDITATION PRACTICE
The Path of Meditation follows the Mahāmudrā teachings of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Our online program covers the first year of meditation following the gradual path laid out by Phakchok Rinpoche during his worldwide retreats. The program also incorporates the pith instructions on view and meditation from Phakchok Rinpoche’s main root gurus, Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and Kyabje Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche along with many other great masters of the lineage.
THE NINE YĀNAS PATH OF STUDY
The Nine Yānas Path provides a scriptural and philosophical basis for all teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni and Guru Rinpoche. It follows the traditional teachings and practices of the Nyingma lineage and incorporates teachings and texts of all Vajrayāna traditions and philosophical schools. Practicing the Nine Yānas gives us an invaluable framework with which to better understand and implement the Buddha’s precious teachings. By studying, contemplating, and meditating in stages like the levels of a staircase, we can gain realization more swiftly.
Phakchok Rinpoche has compiled books for each yāna containing a collection of texts by Indian paṇḍitas, Tibetan mahāsiddhas, and words of the Buddha himself. Using these texts as a basis, during the annual Nine Yānas retreats Rinpoche unravels the essence of each yāna’s meaning and explains in detail how to train in and implement these teachings in all aspects of our lives.
THE TRADITIONAL VAJRAYĀNA PATH OF TANTRA
The Traditional Vajrayāna Path focuses on the tantric path of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism with an emphasis on the practices of the Chokling New Treasures tradition (Chokling Tersar). This path requires receiving the empowerments, transmissions and explanations together with study and learning in order to assimilate the views and methods that underlie the path of secret mantra practice. Ngöndro (Preliminary Practices) is a common entranceway into this path and we now offer an online support program containing teachings, support and guidance.
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ABOUT PHAKCHOK RINPOCHE
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.
THE THREE WHEELS
The entire Buddhist spiritual path is contained within the three wheels of study/reflection, altruistic activity and meditation. A genuine student embarking on a genuine path is highly encouraged to bring all the three wheels onto the path in order receive genuine blessings and to live a balanced Dharma life.
WHAT IS SAMYE?
Samye is the namesake of the Dharma activities of Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche. The name Samye originates from the great Dharma center founded in the 8th century by three great visionaries: the tantric master Guru Padmasambhava, the Dharma-king Trisong Deutsen and the abbot Śāntarakṣita. This website aims to deliver authentic Dharma teachings to all who wish to receive them, wherever they are in the world.