Introducing Samye Institute's Vajrayana Membership

Söntar Chönchok Rinpoché

Söntar Chönchok Rinpoché (19th-20th century) was a close dharma friend of Samten Gyatso. He was known as a great renunciant and meditator who spent…

Sangyum Dechen Chödrön

Sangyum Dechen Chödrön, (Sukha Dharma) was the first spiritual consort, or “sangyum” of Chokgyur Lingpa. She was known more widely as Lady Degah…

Gyurme Tsewang Tenpel

Gyurme Tsewang Tenpel (1889–1956), also known as Tersé Tulku, was one of the four sons of Chokgyur Lingpa's daughter Könchok Paldrön. He was reco…

Longchen Rabjam

Longchen Rabjam was said to be an an emanation of Princess Pema Sal,the youngest daughter of King Tri Song Detsen and a direct student of Guru Padmasa…

Chekawa Yeshe Dorje

Born in 1101 at Luro, Chekawa Yeshe Dorje studied as a young boy with the great disciple of Milarepa, Rechungpa. He took the vows of novice monk at th…

Gyalsé Tokmé Zangpo

Gyalsé Tokmé Zangpo (1297-1371), also known as Gyalsé Ngulchu Tokmé, was born in Puljung, southwest of the Sakya Monastery in Tibet.

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…

Desi Sangye Gyatso

The title “Desi’ signifies “Regent”. Sangye Gyatso (1653-1705) ruled Tibet following the death of Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso (the great Fifth Dala…

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…