Yogis Of Tibet - Rare Documentary

Rare documentary about the endangered Tibetan wisdom tradition.


Tibetan Buddhism - Yogis Of Tibet

For the first time, the reclusive and secretive Tibetan monks agree to discuss aspects of their philosophy and allow themselves to be filmed while performing their ancient practices.

Tibetan Buddhism (sometimes called Lamaism) is the form of Mahayana Buddhism that developed in Tibet and the surrounding Himalayan region beginning in the 7th century CE.
Tibetan Buddhism incorporates Madhyamika and Yogacara philosophy, Tantric symbolic rituals, Theravadin monastic discipline and the shamanistic features of the indigenous religion, Bön. Among its most unique characteristics are its system of reincarnating lamas and the vast number of deities in its pantheon.

Tibetan Buddhism is most well-known to the world through the office of the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual and political leader of Tibet and the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

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Venerable Drubwang Konchok Norbu Rinpoche





Dalai Lama, His Holiness the XIVth,(Gyalwa Tenzin Gyatso)

Exiled spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people. Born 1935, Taktser, Amdo, East Tibet of humble origins. Located and recognized as Dalai Lama incarnation 2 years later via portents discerned at the oracle lake (Lhama Lhatso). 1939: bought to Lhasa. 1940: formally enthroned. Began education at 6 years; at 24 years took preliminary exams at Sera, Drepung and Ganden monastic university's; final exams held at Jokhang ('Cathedral' of Lhasa) during Monlam Festival; awarded Geshe Lharampa degree with honours at age 25. At age 16 assumed full temporal powers early because of Chinese Communist threat. 1954: went to Peking to hold discussions with Chinese Communist leaders. 1956: visited India for 2500 Buddha Jayanti celebrations; held political discussions with Pandit Nehru and Chou En-lai. 1959: left Tibet following the Lhasa Uprising. Made unsuccessful appeals to United Nations on behalf of Tibetan people. 1963: promulgated draft democratic constitution for Tibet; since then has conducted government-in-exile at Dharamasala, North India, in accordance with this. Has also very successfully worked to resettle 100,000 Tibetan refugees and to preserve Tibetan religion, culture, etc. In 1989 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Widely travelled in both East and West (though has never returned to his native Tibet), has met political and spiritual leaders (including two Popes, an Archbishop of Canterbury, etc.), scientists, doctors, writers, philosophers - and ordinary people. Has impressed people everywhere with his (very Buddhist) message of peace and kindness:' My religion is very simple - my religion is kindness.' A spiritual leader of world rank. Books including Opening the Eye of New Awareness; Kindness, Clarity & Insight; My Land and My People (autobiographical) and Freedom in Exile. Biographies: Great Ocean by Roger Hicks and Ngakpa Chogyam and The Last Dalai Lama, by Michael Harries Goodman.

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche (Jamyang Thubten Chokui Gyatso) Nyingma tulku: incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro: Born 1960; recognized by Dalai Lama. Received training in all lineages of Tibetan Buddhism under over 12 great masters, including Dalai Lama, Karmapa, Sakya Trizin, Dudjom Rinpoche and Dingo Khyentse Rinpoche. 1986: 1st visit to Europe and USA. Has thriving centre in Australia.

David- Neel, Alexandra (1868-1969) Pioneering French mystic, traveller and author. Books in English including With Mystics & Magicians, My Journey to Lhasa, Tibetan Journey, A Tibetan Tale & Magic Secret Oral Traditions of Tibetan Buddhism and Initiations and Initiates in Tibet.

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Important Nyingma Master and exponent of Dzogchen Meditation. (1910-91), from Kham, East Tibet. Recognized as mind incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820-92). Studied under many distinguished lamas for all four schools, notably Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro, and spent 20 years in retreat. A Terton, has also written many meditation texts and commentaries notable for their poetic beauty. Travels extensively giving teachings in Bhutan, Nepal, India and the West. 1976: to USA on invitation of Trungpa Rinpoche, his pupil. 1983: to London at invitation of Sogyal Rinpoche. Has also visited France, where he supervises students undergoing long retreat. Has transmitted teachings to Dalai Lama. Is rebuilding Shechen Monastic University (formerly one of the great Nyingma centres in Tibet) at Bodh Nath, Nepal.

His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910-1991) was the head of the Nyingmapa Order. Originally from Shechen Monastary in Nepal, he rebuilt that monastary in Kham, Eastern Tibet, after building New Shechen Monastery in Kathmandu Valley. He was one of the greatest living lamas, scholars and teachers, and served as the Dzogchen teacher of the Dalai Lama. He was Surya Das's guru in the three year retreats in France during the 1980's.


His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche

His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, Jigdrel Yeshe Dorje (1904-1988), was the supreme head of the Nyingmapa Order. Poet, author of many books, terton (visionary discoverer of hidden teachings), historian (see his two volume History and Fundamentals of the Nyingmapa), meditation master and tantric yogi, he was one of the most beloved and grandfatherly of the grand lamas of Tibet. After establishing Yeshe Nyingpo Dharma Centers in Kalimpong, Nepal, Europe and America, he passed away in 1988 in Dordogne, France, and was enshrined in a stupa in a monastery in Bodhanath, Kathmandu, Nepal.


Marpa (1012-1096) This Tibetan layman is thought to have imported songs and text from Bengal to Tibet, particularly those belonging to the Mahamudra doctrine. He is mainly venerated for having translated many Indian text into Tibetan and as the master (guru) of Milarepa. He was himself a disciple of Naropa and Maitripa, and is considered to be the founder of the Bka-rgyud-pa sect. Milarepa (1040-1143) Saint and poet of Tibetan Buddhism. He was the second patriarch of the Kargyupa sect, the first being Milarepa's guru Marpa (1012-97), who studied under Naropa, the Bengali master of Tantra, at Nalanda. Milarepa's autobiography recounts how in his youth he practiced black magic in order to take revenge on relatives who deprived his mother of the family inheritance. He later repented and sought Buddhist teaching. After undergoing many tests and ordeals under Marpa, he received initiation from him. He spent the rest of his life meditating in mountain caves and teaching his disciples.

Padmasambhava (8th Century) Tantric Saint, instrumental in introducing Buddhism to Tibet. He is regarded by the Nyingma-pa Order as their founder. The Tibetan King Trisong Detsen (740-98) had invited the scholar Shantarakshita to Tibet, where he disseminated Buddhism and inspired the founding of the first Buddhist monastery at Samye. The king then invited Padmasambhava to exorcise the local demons and gods who resisted the teachings (Dharma). He did so, making them protectors of the Dharma, a story which illustrates how Buddhism incorporated local Tibetan traditions.

Shantideva Representative of the Madhyamika school of Mahayana Buddhism. Shantideva was a king's son from South India. He flourished in the 7th to 8th centuries and was a monk at the monastic university Nalanda.He was the author of two surviving works, the Collection of Rules and Entering the Path of Enlightenment. The latter is still used in Tibetan Buddhism as a teaching text.

Tarthang Tulku Nyingma Lama active in USA. Born 1935, Golok, East Tibet. Left home at 17 to travel in Kham; studied with many famous teachers of all schools but mainly Nyingma. 1958: left Tibet for Bhutan and India; later to Sikkim to study with root guru Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro. C 1962: appointed to represent Nyingma tradition at Sanskit University, Varanasi; founded Dharma Publishings.1968: to USA; established Tibetan Nyingma Meditation Centre (Berkeley, Cal), Nyingma Institute and Odiyan Retreat Centre. Married to French - Egyptian lady. Books including Gesture of Balance, Openness Mind, Hidden Mind of Freedom, Skillful Means, Kum Nye Relaxation I and II, Sacred Art of Tibet; Time, Space and Knowledge; Knowledge of Freedom, Love of Knowledge and Copper Mountain Mandala. Translations including Calm and Clear, Mother of Knowledge. General Edition of Crystal Mirror series, Ancient Tibet, and of new Nyingma Edition of Kangyur and Tangyur.

Tsong-kha-pa (1355-1417) Tibetan Buddhist reformer and founder of Dge-lugs-pa (or Gelug-pa, or 'Yellow Hat') Order. One of the greatest names of Tibetan history, he was born on the site of the present Kum-bum monastery and at an early age dedicated his life to the complete reform of Tibetan Buddhism. He founded the Ganden monastery 26 miles from Lhasa and the the new Order the Gelug-pa, 'the virtuous ones.' To this day the senior members wear on important occasions a yellow headdress. Both the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama are members of this Order.


Nagarjuna's Middle Way - http://bahai-library.org/personal/jw/other.pubs/nagarjuna/

http://www.yrec.org/nagarjuna.html -

N‚g‚rjuna, a brilliant philosopher, formulated the Middle Path of the voidness (shŻnyat‚) of all phenomena: they neither exist (i.e., eternalism) nor do not exist (i.e., nihilism). His view is summarized in the classic formula: sams‚ra equals nirv‚na. His incisive thoughts, which came to be known as the M‚dhyamika school (sometimes called "Centrism"), ever since the fourteenth century has been followed by the numerous Gelugpa Order of Tibetan Buddhism. N‚g‚rjuna authored many works based on the teachings of the Prajn‚-P‚ramit‚-SŻtra, and of the 180 or so works attributed to him, six achieved particular fame: the ShŻnyat‚-Saptati ("Seventy-seven [Verses] on Emptiness"), the Prajn‚-MŻla ("Foundation of Wisdom"), the Yukti-Shashtik‚ ("Sixty [Verses] on Reasoning"), the Vigraha-Vy‚vartanÓ ("Rejection of Dispute"), the Vaidalya-SŻtra, and the Vyavah‚ra-Siddhi ("Perfection of Action"). These are considered fundamental texts of the M‚dhyamika school of Mah‚y‚na Buddhism, which N‚g‚rjuna is thought to have founded. Other well-known texts from his pen are the MŻla-M‚dhyamika-K‚rik‚ ("Verses on the Foundations of M‚dhyamika"), the Mah‚prajn‚-P‚ramit‚-Sh‚stra ("Textbook on the Great Perfection of Wisdom"), and the Dasha-BhŻmi-Vibh‚sh‚-Sh‚stra ("Textbook on the Options of the Ten Levels [of a Bodhisattva]"). In addition, two of his instructional letters written to disciples-the Ratna-¬valÓ ("String of Jewels") and the Suhril-Lekha ("Letter to a Good-Hearted [Friend]")-gained great popularity for their warm wisdom.


The Glorious Drukpa Lineage

Introduction to the Drukpa school of Tibetan Buddhism

Biographies of the Masters of the Lineage

Phagmo Drupa
Lingchen Repa
1st Gyalwang Drukpa
2nd Gyalwang Drukpa
3rd Gyalwang Drukpa
4th Gyalwang Drukpa
5th Gyalwang Drukpa
6th Gyalwang Drukpa
7th Gyalwang Drukpa
8th Gyalwang Drukpa
9th Gyalwang Drukpa
10th Gyalwang Drukpa
11th Gyalwang Drukpa
12th Gyalwang Drukpa
Renowned Yogis of the Drukpa Lineage
Drukpa Kunley

Vajradhara is considered in Tibetan Buddhism as the primordial Buddha, the embodiment of all the Buddhas of the three time periods, and the essense of the three kayas or bodies of the Buddha. Vajradhara is also known as the dharmakaya of the Buddha, whereas Buddha Shakyamuni is naturally the nirmanakaya or even the rupakaya of the Buddha. Thus, it is commonly accepted that Buddha Shakyamuni is an emanation whilst Vajradhara is the ultimate aspect of Enlightenment. The Drukpa Kargyud Order traces the origin of its transmission to Vajradhara as he is truly the manifestation of the supreme essence of Buddhahood. With his right hand holding the dorje (symbolizing "method"), his left hand holding the bell (symbolizing wisdom), and the two crossed over his chest, Vajradhara is the ultimate representation of non-duality and emptiness, which is indeed the "Mahamudra", the Great Union -- the ultimate realization sought by all practitioners of the Drukpa Kargyud Order.

Tilopa 988 - 1069

Tilopa was born in a Brahmin family in East Bengal, India. When he was still a young shepherd, he met the great Bodhisattva Nagarjuna who gave him preliminary teachings on the Mahayana path and appointed him as the ruler of a kingdom in Bhalenta. After a number of years leading a luxurious royal life, Tilopa decided to renounce the kingdom and become a monk. He took his ordination vows at the Tantric Temple of Somapuri in Bengal and started his monastic training. Thereafter, Tilopa had a vision of a dakini guiding him on the direct and esoteric path of Enlightenment. From the dakini, Tilopa received the entire transmission of the Chakrasamvara Tantra.

Tilopa also received several teachings and transmissions from great tantric masters such as the learned translator Acharya Charyawa and the siddha Lawapa. From these gurus, he mastered the instruction and practice of Bardo (the intermediate state between death and rebirth), Phowa (the transfer of consciousness), Tummo (the practice of inner incandescence), and many other oral-pith instructions.

Although Tilopa had several enlightened human masters, his root guru was Buddha Vajradhara who directly transmitted to Tilopa many esoteric teachings, including the practice of Mahamudra.

For 12 years, Tilopa was devoted to the practice of these teachings, and he took a yogini as his secret consort. The monastic order immediately expelled him due to his involvement with the yogini. Tilopa led the rest of his life in solitude, but he was a renowned great master. Amongst his disciples, Naropa was the one chosen to continue his lineage.

.. Naropa 1016 - 1100

The great siddha Naropa was born to a royal family in Bengal, India. His yearning for spiritual development was so strong that at age eight, he journeyed to Kashmir to study with the master Arya Akasha and received the lay ordination.

Traveling eastward, Naropa finally met his destined root guru, Tilopa, who instantly put him to difficult tests. Naropa experienced 12 major and 12 lesser hardships so as to purify his karma and emotion-induced obscurations. Through receiving great blessings from Tilopa and accomplishing his own purification, Naropa realized the clarity and harmony of mind, truly experiencing the state of Vajradhara. After attaining this magnificent realization, Naropa taught in many places and had numerous disciples, especially in Kashmir where many monasteries were established by Naropa himself. Tilopa and Naropa were both recognized as two of the 84 great mahasiddhas in the history of Buddhism. Amongst Naropa's accomplished disciples was Marpa, the translator, who succeeded Naropa in the lineage and brought the entire teachings and transmissions to Tibet.

Drukpa Kunley 1455 - 1570

"The name of my lineage and my own name are one: This is the tradition of Tsangpa Gyare. My spiritual accomplishment Comes straight from Mahamudra. My name is Crazy Dragon, Kunga Legpa. I am not a vagabond who begs for clothes and food, But having left my family and home behind me, I pursue without interruption my wandering pilgrimage."

"Renunciation without worry, an excess of compassion, a total lack of inhibition, skillful use of shock treatment, laughter and tears are the specific characteristics of the divine fool." Translated extract from the preface of "Le fou divin, Drukpa Kunley : Yogi tantrique du XVIŤme siŤcle". Albin Michel

Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh

In exile in his Plum village home on the hillside southwestern France lives world renowned Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, mystic, scholar, activist and Vietnamese Bhuddhist monk. During the Vietnam war, Martin Luther King, Jr. nominated Thich Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his spirited leadership as chairman of the Vietnamese Buddhist Peace Delegation. Today, Hanh is the author of over 25 books.

"Buddhism does not just run away from suffering. Buddhism confronts suffering, looking direstly at it..... When you understand suffering, a kind of energy is born in you, the energy of compassion, the energy of lovingkindness."

"If we observe reality deeply, in the light of impermanence, non-self... we'll be able to touch the world of no birth and no death that is available in the here and the now. And once you have touched [that world] all your fear and most of your suffering will vanish."

Door of Compassion, Thich Nhat Hanh, Mystic Fire Video, 43 minutes, $25.00

Ole and Hannah Nydahl

Entering the Diamond Way "A perfect book to introduce Westerners to Tibetan Buddhism." This is the genuinely compelling story, and spiritual odyssey, of Ole and Hannah Nydahl, who in 1968 became the first Western students of the great Tibetan master, His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa.

After being recognized and trained by some of the greatest lamas of the Kagyu lineage, Ole now trasmits the blessing of the lineage and travels as authorized lama and Buddhist meditation master, teaching and establishing centers of Tibetan Buddhism, while Hannah is a much sought-after translator. Their countless friends everywhere work hard to assure that the prophcy of Padmasambhava is fulffiled: "When the fire ox drives on wheels and the iron bird flies everywhere, my teaching will come to the land of the white man." Blue Dolphin Publ. (Nevada City), ISBN 0-931892-03-1, 240 pp., 53 photos (no color photos), US$ 14.95 (UK / US)


The Way Things Are : A Living Approach to Buddhism for Today's World (Buddhism Today) ~Lama Ole Nydahl

Riding the Tiger : Twenty Years on the Road : Risks and Joys of Bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the West ~Ole Nydahl


Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche

Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche was born in 1939 near Riwoche in Kham, Eastern Tibet. At a very young age, he was discovered and identified as the reincarnation of the first Akong, Abbot of Dolma Lhakang monastery in the Chamdo area of Kham. His religious training began here, and he also undertook training in traditional Tibetan medicine. He later went to the monastic university of Sechen, where he received transmission of the quintessential mahamudra Kagyu Buddhist lineage from Sechen Kongtrul Rinpoche. His spiritual training as a holder of the Kagyu lineage was further completed under the guidance of HH the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, who also certified him as a teacher of Tibetan medicine. Rinpoche also holds many lineages of the Nyingmapa tradition.


Ven. Lama Yeshe Losal

Ven. Lama Yeshe Losal was born in 1943 in Kham, East Tibet. He spent his formative years in education at Dolma Lhakang Monastery where his brother Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche was Abbot. After escaping from Tibet in 1959, Lama Yeshe continued his education at the Young Lamas Home School in Dalhousie, India before leaving in 1967 to serve as Private Secretary to His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa at Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim.


H.H. the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje

The supreme head of the Kagyu lineage is the Karmapa. The Karmapas have been the supreme heads of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism since the first Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa, in the 12th century. Historically, Dusum Khyenpa was the first Lama recognised to intentionally reincarnate as a particular master. In all of his successive incarnations, the Karmapa has served as the primary source of refuge for all the followers of the Karma Kagyu Lineage. As the central teacher of the Kagyu lineage, he ensures that the teachings are transmitted in their entirety and preserved for future generations.

The Karmapa is an extraordinary individual, whose life itself may be seen as a profound teaching. He clearly manifests the potential inherent in all living beings to fully develop the qualities of perfect wisdom, unconditional love and all-pervasive compassion. His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje, has been living at Tsurphu monastery in Tibet since his enthronement in 1992. In January 2000 he arrived in Dharamsala, India, the main seat of the Dalai Lama in exile, after fleeing over the mountains with a small group of attendants. His arrival has brought great joy to his followers worldwide, who are now able to receive his teachings, guidance and blessings.


Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

KHENPO TSULTRIM GYAMTSO RINPOCHE was born in eastern Tibet in 1934. In his youth, he studied under the guidance of Lama Zopa Tharchin, a yogi from Dilyak monastery in eastern Tibet. Until he completed his training, Khenpo Tsultrim stayed with Lama Zopa, living in a cave. He then went to Dilyak monastery to study Mahayana texts with Teya Drupon.

For five years, Rinpoche roamed the charnel grounds and caves of central Tibet to practice Chod. Eventually, he arrived at Tsurphu where he met Dilyak Drupon Rinpoche, whom His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa had appointed as the retreat master of Tsurphu. Rinpoche received pointing out instructions from the Sixteenth Karmapa and stayed in the caves around Tsurphu for a year or so, continuing his Chod practice and receiving teachings from Dilyak Drupon, which included the Zabmo Nang Gi Don, The Profound Inner Meaning, and the Hevajra Tantra.

While staying in retreat in Nyemo, south of Lhasa, a group of nuns asked for Rinpoche's help in dealing with the troublesome situation of the Chinese presence in Tibet. Subsequently, Rinpoche led the nuns from Tibet, and many of them still study with him today.

In India, Rinpoche spent nine years at the settlement of Buxador, where he received his degree and title of khenpo from His Holiness the Karmapa. Rinpoche later received the geshe lharampa degree from His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. In addition to having mastered the teachings of the Gelug and Kagyu lineages, Rinpoche also received extensive teachings from the former Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche of the Sakya tradition.

Rinpoche received the complete Rinchen Terdzo initiations from H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche in Bhutan, along with transmission of the Dzogchen text, Lam Rim Yeshe Nyingpo (The Gradual Path of the Heart of Wisdom), from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche when it was given to the King of Bhutan. Khenpo Tsultrim also built a nunnery, retreat center, and a temple to Tara in Bhutan.

At the request of the Karmapa, Rinpoche went to Europe and began his work of training translators in both oral and written Tibetan. To this end, he set up the Thegchen Shedra in 1978, where over the years he has trained many Western translators who travel with lamas translating Tibetan into the various European languages. His students have also published numerous written translations.

In 1985, Rinpoche established the Marpa Institute for Translators in Nepal, and he currently teaches a three-month, winter course at Pullahari monastery, the seat of H.E. Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche. He has built retreat facilities near Milarepa's cave in Yolmo, where his students also practice. Together with Thrangu Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsultrim has been responsible for training the new generation of Kagyu Khenpos who graduated in 1991 from the Nalanda Institute in Sikkim.

Khenpo Tsultrim, well-known in many Dharma centers in the U.S., Far East, and Europe, is famous for his skill in debate, his spontaneous songs, and his ability to present the complex ideas of Buddhism's subtle philosophy in clear, accessible, and lively way. His book, Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness, is used by many Buddhist groups and educational institutions. Currently, Rinpoche travels yearly on teaching tours to the United States and Europe.

Lama Surya Das

Lama Surya Das is one of the foremost Western Buddhist meditation teachers and scholars. Born Jeffrey Miller, he was raised in Valley Stream on New York's Long Island, where he celebrated his bar mitzvah and earned letters in basketball, baseball, and soccer at Valley Stream Central High School (class of 1968). While a student at the State University of New York at Buffalo, he attended antiwar protests, marched on Washington, and attended Woodstock. After graduating with honors from college, he traveled throughout Europe and the East, and he has spent nearly thirty years studying Zen, vipassana, yoga, and Tibetan Buddhism with many of the great old masters of Asia. Today, Lama Surya Das teaches and lectures around the world, conducting dozens of meditation retreats and workshops each year.

Based on his relationship with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Surya Das founded the Western Buddhist Teachers Network and has organized three week-long conferences of Western Buddhist Meditation Teachers with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India. He also teaches regularly at Esalen, Open Center, Omega Institute, Interface, at universities in the United States and abroad, and at spiritual centers of all kinds.

Surya Das is the author of AWAKENING THE BUDDHA WITHIN: Eight Steps to Enlightenment (Broadway Books, 1997), which appeared on Publishers Weekly Religion Bestseller list, and on lists at the Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, and Christian Science Monitor; and AWAKENING TO THE SACRED: Building a Spiritual Life from Scratch (Broadway Books, 1999). His new book AWAKENING THE BUDDHIST HEART: Integrating Love, Meaning and Connection into Every Part of Your Life (Broadway Books, 2000) was released in November. A regular contributor to Tricycle magazine, New Age, and Yoga Journal, he is also the author of THE SNOW LION'S TURQUOISE MANE: 155 Wisdom Tales from Tibet (1992), and coauthor of NATURAL GREAT PERFECTION: Vajra Songs and Dzogchen Teachings (1995). When he's not meditating, teaching, or attending a retreat, Surya Das enjoys music, dogs, swimming, bicycling, hiking, and haiku poetry. He resides in Concord, Massachusetts, outside of Boston.


His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche S.N. Goenka Jatral Rinpoche Kalu Rinpoche His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa XVI His Holiness Karmapa XVII Maharaj-ji (Neem Karoli Baba) Anagarika Munindra Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche Padmasambhava Patrul Rinpoche Tulku Pema Wangyal Ven. Lama Thubten Yeshe Lama Surya Das The Eleventh Trungpa Rinpoche Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

http://www.dzogchen.org/library/index.htm -Teachers' Biographies and Portraits

http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/history/tibetans.htm - Profiles of Tibetan Buddhists


Henepola Gunaratana Nayaka Thera - President of the Bhavana Society
Ven. P. A. Payutto

Joseph Goldstein
Jack Kornfield
Sharon Sazlberg

Daisaku Ikeda - President of Soka Gakkai International (SGI)

Thich Nhat Hanh - Founder of the Unified Buddhist Church http://www.plumvillage.org/

Suzuki Roshi - Founder of The San Francisco Zen Center

Jitsudo Matsumoto
Rev. Eijun Bill Eidson
Rev. Seicho Asahi
Rev. Shoken Harada

Note that some Tibetan teachers may be lineage holders in more than one Tibetan school, though below, for the sake of simplicity, they will only be listed under the heading of one lineage.

H.H.Lobsang Nyima (Ganden Tripa Rinpoche) - Supreme Head of the Gelukpa Lineage
H.H. Dalai Lama - Head of the Tibetan Government in Exile
Panchen Lama
Thubten Yeshe - Founder of The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition
Zopa Rinpoche

Sakya Trizin - Supreme Head of the Sakya Lineage

Karmapa - Supreme Head of the Kagyu Lineage
Jamgon Kongtrul
Kalu Rinpoche
Lama Kalsang Rinpoche
Khandro Rinpoche
Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche - Co-founder of the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute
Ringu Tulku Rinpoche - Founder of Bodhicharya
Tai Situ Rinpoche - Founder of the Maitreya Institute
Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche - Founder of the Marpa Institute for Translators


Supreme Head of the Nyingma Lineage H.H. Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche at Yolmo Monastery Kathmandu

The Late Penor Rinpoche - Previous Supreme Head of the Nyingma Lineage (passed away)

Chagdud Tulku
Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche - Spiritual Director, Chokling Tersar Foundation
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche - Director, Siddharthas Intent International
Gangshar Rinpoche
Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
Rigdzin Shikpo - Dharma Director, Longchen Foundation
Thrangu Rinpoche - Oversees the Thrangu Tashi Choling Monasteries
Sogyal Rinpoche - Founder of Rigpa
Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche - President of Ligmincha Institute

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche - Founder of Naropa University and Shambhala International http://www.shambhala.org/teachers/vctr/index.html

The Teacher. Guru - Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Shambhala



Mipham Rinpoche
- Holder of the Shambhala Buddhist Lineage


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