Introducing Samye Institute's Vajrayana Membership

Akshobhya

Akṣobhya Buddha’s name translates as ‘Not Disturbed’ or the  ‘Immovable One.’ He is the buddha of the eastern realm of Abhirati. A well-k…

Shantideva

According to the Tibetan historians Butön and Taranātha, Śāntideva (late 7th to mid-8th century CE) was a prince born in Saurāṣṭra, on the we…

Belmo Shakyadevi

Belmo Shakyadevi (sometimes known as Shakyadema) was one of Guru Rinpoche's five principal consorts. There is little biographical information but she …

Mandarava

Princess Mandarava, according to spiritual biographies, was born into the noble family of Zahor, in northeastern India. Her birth was marked with mira…

Songtsen Gampo

Songtsen Gampo (569?–649? 650) was the thirty-second ruler of Yarlung, a small kingdom in the Yarlung Tsangpo River Valley of central Tibet. He expa…

Shantarakshita

Shantarakshita (Śāntarakṣita) was one of the most influential figures in the first dissemination of Buddhism in Tibet. Tibetan sources often refer…

King Tri Songdetsen

Emperor Tri Songdetsen (c.742-c.800?) was known as the second Dharma King of Tibet and was an influential patron of Buddhism.

Chökhor Düchen

On the auspicious day of the Chökhor Düchen Festival, we remember the Buddha’s first teaching. Traditionally, we refer to that event with the expr…

Vajrakilaya

Vajrakilaya, the wrathful form of Vajrasattva, is the yidam deity who embodies the awakened activity of all buddhas and whose practice is famous for b…

Tashi Kyidren

Monmo Tashi Kyidren was one of the five principal consorts of Guru Rinpoche and princess of Mön. She was the daughter of the local Bumthang ruler Sen…