The spiritual teacher has a key role in Tibetan Buddhism. He is an instructor, a friend and a spiritual support. He is also an experienced guide who knows the way and can advise and support us.
But more than anything, his presence is a constant inspiration and example, and the living proof that Buddhahood is possible.
Throughout my life I had the great opportunity to receive teachings and initiations from many teachers from various traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. At a time when great teachers where starting to come to the West, it was possible to approach them and, despite the obstacle of the language, receive their blessings and feel their presence in a very deep way.
Some encounters were brief, others more lasting but, actually, their importance doesn’t measure by the duration. Being in the presence of some teachers, even for just a couple of minutes, is a life changing experience.
Regardless of the official hierarchy, here are those whose presence, blessings and teachings influenced me the most, to whom I feel closest to and most grateful.
Of course everyone is H.Holiness student. He has been so influential in our century that there are certainly thousands of people who have read his books and attend his teachings. I had the chance to be his translator for Portuguese in 2001 in Portugal. I also translated a few of his books into Portuguese. I received many teachings and initiations from H. Holiness.
Rinpoche was one of the greatest Lamas of our time and I had the chance to receive many teachings and empowerments from him. Our three years’ retreat was placed under his spiritual guidance. Rinpoche passed away at that time, in his house in Dordogne (France), a couple of km away from our retreat place. I feel very fortunate to have met him.
Khyentse Rinpoche was another of the greatest contemporary Lamas and I received many teachings, transmissions and empowerments from Rinpoche. Our three years’ retreat was also under his spiritual guidance. Rinpoche visited us many times, giving teachings and empowerments. Being in his presence, even in silence, was a blessing in itself!
Kyabje Rinpoche was a very close disciple of both Dudjom Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. During recent years, Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche transmitted numerous rare teachings to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, particularly those of the lineage of the Great Perfection. I also had the great fortune to receive many teachings and empowerments from him.
Rinpoche is the grandson of Dilgo Khysentse Rinpoche and was raiswd by his grand father. I know Rinpoche for a very long time, since he was only a teenager. I have full respect and devotion for him, considering him as one of my closest teachers. His kindness, wisdom, knowledge and relaxed way of being are the signs of a truly great being.
Her Eminence Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche was born as the eldest daughter of Kyabje Mindrolling Trichen. I received teachings and empowerments from her and feel great respect and devotion. Rinpoche is a great source of inspiration and a powerful teacher with whom I feel a great connection.
Rinpoche possesses a rare ability to present the ancient wisdom of Tibet in a fresh, engaging manner. His profound yet accessible teachings and playful sense of humor have endeared him to students around the world. I met Rinpoche for the first time in 1992 in Bhutan. Since then, I received many teachings, and several empowerments.
Rinpoche is a distinguished Buddhist master, highly appreciated in the Dharma centres all over the world. Rinpoche is one of my main teachers, one who mostly influenced me. His simplicity, wonderful sense of humor, and "easy going" way are very endearing and a sign of a truly great being. It is a true blessing to have met him.
Khenchen Pema Sherab
Khenchen Pema Sherab is considered to be one of the most erudite teachers of the Nyingma school. I received many teachings from him, from the Bodhicharyavattara to Madhyamika difficult philosophical texts.
Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche
Born in Tibet in 1947, Pema Wangyal Rinpoche was recognized at an early age as one of the two incarnations of Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche. It was under his direct guidance that I did the 3 years retreat.
Khenpo Gyurme Tsultrim
Khenpo Gyurme Tsultrim was one of the first monks at Shechen Monastery in Nepal. He became the first to attain the rank of Khenpo in the monastery. Presently he is the vice-abbot and teaches at its College.