Ārya Śūra

An Indian master famous for his poetic treatises, such as The Fifty Stanzas on the Spiritual Master and The Garland of Birth Stories.

Buddhagupta

Buddhagupta, sometimes called Buddhagupta-nātha or Buddhanātha, was a sixteenth century Indian tantric master. His Tibetan disciple Tāranātha wrote his biography around the year 1601.

Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa

A great Treasure revealer and contemporary of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Jamgön Kongtrul, founder of the Chokling Tersar (New Treasures of Chokgyur Lingpa) lineage.

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was recognized as the mind emanation of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820-1892), and was one of the closest disciples of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö (1893-1959). Regarded by many as one of the greatest Dzogchen masters of the twentieth century, and the very embodiment of Padmasambhava, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was the teacher of many of the important lamas of today.

Dudjom Lingpa

A great Nyingma master and tertön whose revelations fill twenty volumes. He was considered to be the emanation of Khye'u Chung Lotsawa, one of the twenty-five disciples of Guru Rinpoche. His immediate incarnation, born even before he himself passed away, was Dudjom Rinpoche.

Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

An activity incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, and perhaps the most outstanding Tibetan master of the twentieth century.

Karma Chakmé Rinpoche

Karma Chakmé Rinpoche (1613-78), aka Raga Asé, was one of the most highly realized and accomplished scholar-yogins of Tibet.

Künkhyen Pema Karpo

Künkhyen Pema Karpo (1527-1592) was the fourth Gyalwang Drukpa. He was a great scholar and accomplished master of the Drukpa Kagyü school.

Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche

Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche is a lineage-holder of the Profound Treasures of Chokgyur Lingpa from the Nyingma School of Early Translations. He is also one of the throne-holders of the Riwoche Taklung Kagyu lineage. Rinpoche was born in 1981 to Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche and his wife Dechen Paldron. His grandfather was Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and he is the elder brother of Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche. Recognized at a young age, Rinpoche received an abundance of transmissions, empowerments, and instructions from great masters such as Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, Penor Rinpoche, and Trulshik Rinpoche. Moreover, from Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, whom he considers his main root gurus, Rinpoche received direct instructions on the nature of mind. He was awarded the title of Khenpo after taking just seven years to complete the traditional nine-year curriculum in Buddhist philosophy at the Dzongsar Institute of Advanced Buddhist Studies in Bir, India. Presently, Phakchok Rinpoche is abbot of several monasteries in Nepal. He lends assistance to various monasteries and practice centers in Tibet, presides as head of numerous dharma centers in North America and Asia, and teaches widely at centers around the world. Through organizations such as the Chokgyur Lingpa Foundation, he energetically oversees a wide range of humanitarian projects in South Asia. He is also the Vajra Master at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal. As a yogi-practitioner with a family who also carries responsibility for monastic institutions, Rinpoche is deeply acquainted with both these walks of life and paths of practice. His teachings are direct, lively, and practical, with a strong emphasis on the view of the Great Perfection, on the uncontrived meditation free from concepts that is Mahamudra, on the tireless implementation of the bodhisattva’s conduct, and on the Mahayana instructions on wisdom and compassion.

Nāgārjuna

One of the six great commentators (the ‘Six Ornaments’) on the Buddha’s teachings, the great scholar Nāgārjuna (c.150-250) is revered as an unsurpassed master by all Buddhist schools.

Nyala Pema Dudul

The famous Dzogchen master and treasure revealer from Nyarong who attained the rainbow body in 1872.

Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche (1932-1999), a consummate master of the Great Perfection and an authority on the teachings of Longchenpa.

Pema Lingpa

An important treasure revealer from Bhutan, listed as the fourth of the five sovereign treasure revealers.

Rigdzin Jikme Lingpa

Jikme Lingpa (1730-1798), one of the most important figures in the Nyingma lineage, was a great scholar and visionary, and discovered the Longchen Nyingtik cycle of teachings and practice through a series of visions from the great fourteenth century master, Longchenpa.

Tersey Tulku

A great lama, brother of Samten Gyatso and incarnation of Chokgyur Lingpa's son, Tsewang Drakpa.

Thangtong Gyalpo

Thangtong Gyalpo, also known as Lungtong Nyönpa, Drubthob Chaksampa, and Tsöndrü Sangpo, was a great Buddhist adept, physician, blacksmith, architect, and a pioneering civil engineer.