The Teachers mentioned here represent pinnacles of intellectual wisdom in their respective lineages, the highest levels of personal practice and are loved and revered for their compassion and skillful means in the world at large.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk. He is the spiritual leader of Tibet. He was born on 6th July, 1935 in north-eastern Tibet and at the very young age of two, he was recognised as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso.
His Holiness is a man of peace, having consistently advocated policies of non-violence, received Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.
His Holiness is one of the greatest teachers of our time. His skill to effortlessly distill the essence of complex Buddhist teachings and juxtapose them with causes and conditions relevant to our times, is sublime.
His Holiness’ presence and the vastness of his mind make every interaction with him deeply impactful and memorable. He is our guiding light for Vidyaloke. As the torchbearer for the revival of Indian wisdom in contemporary India, His Holiness conducted our Inaugural Teachings in February, 2017.
For those interested in attending His Holiness’ teachings, his schedule is available here.
His Holiness has written several books on the Dharma that can be found here.
Please visit His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s official website - www.dalailama.com.
His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin was born in Tibet in the year 1945. At the age of seven, he was officially enthroned as the Sakya Trizin.
In 1964, to promote higher education and extensive philosophical training, as well as to maintain the living transmission of the Sakya teachings, His Holiness re-established the seat of the Sakya in Dehradun, India. The eloquence of his discourses always generate great reverence and inspire people from all walks of life, irrespective of race, culture, class, creed, nationality or language. His Holiness’ family play a vital role in the flourishing of the Buddha’s teachings and Indian wisdom, being revered Rinpoches and scholars themselves.
His Holiness’ teachings schedule is available here.
He has founded and directly guides a number of institutions – the full extent of those, with all their activities can be found here.
Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche was born in Bhutan in 1961. Rinpoche is one of the most sublime and skillful masters of the Dharma today. The wealth of his knowledge and the understanding of traditions, both Buddhist and Indian, make him an invaluable source of wisdom for students of Vidyaloke.
Rinpoche’s productive and creative capacity is also a source of both wonder and inspiration. From supporting practitioners and publishing books to giving teachings to all of the world and even making award winning films, Rinpoche has captivated the imagination the of people from all over the world and of all age group.
Rinpoche’s centres of learning exist in Bhutan, India, the far East, as well as in Europe, Australia and North America. He founded and tirelessly supports Siddhartha's Intent, the Deer Park Institute, the ambitious ‘84000’, Lotus Outreach and Khyentse Foundation.
The Deer Park Institute is one of the most dynamic places of spiritual and creative learning in India, and you can find its website here.
Do visit the 84000 project website, an initiative to translate the Buddha’s words into modern day languages.
For Rinpoche’s teaching schedule and previous recordings, please go to the Siddhartha’s Intent website.
Born in 1963, Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche is recognised as one of the emanations of Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Rinpoche and had the most sublime Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche as his root guru.
Rinpoche lives in Dordogne, France, where he leads retreats and seminars, along with conducting teachings in the various parts of the world. Rinpoche’s magnificent oratory skills and his profound ability to be patient and empathetic with his students, makes him the most respected and loved teachers. Rinpoche also oversees the Padmakara’s translation group, responsible for some of the key and most impactful translations of the Sutras and Nalanda texts.
Please see details of the upcoming summer retreat by Rinpoche here.
Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche or Khandro Rinpoche, as she is affectionately known by her students, was born as the eldest daughter of Mindrolling Trichen. The Mindrolling lineage is one of the six main Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism.
Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche has been teaching in Europe, North America, and Asia. She is actively involved with the Mindrolling Monastery in India and in 1993, established the Samten Tse Retreat Centre in Mussoorie, India. Rinpoche also leads numerous city centers and associations in many countries like France, Germany, Denmark and Spain, to name a few.
She is one of the most prolific teachers, especially when it comes to western students, and has a most special ability to relate to and empathise with young students and practitioners.
Rinpoche’s schedule can be found here.
Rinpoche’s activities, along with a list of her teachings can be found on her website.
Professor Samdhong Rinpoche was born in Eastern Tibet in 1939 and entered the great Drepung Monastic University. He learned at the feet of five great Teachers.
Rinpoche is also a scholar of Sanskrit and Hindi and one of the most prolific speakers of Indian wisdom in these languages. He is an advocate of the Gandhian philosophy and on the board of trustees of Swaraj Peeth Trust, a Gandhian centre for non-violence and peace.
Rinpoche’s schedule of teachings is available here.
A list of his writings, which are sublime elaborations on the Dharma are available here.
Phra Paisal is the Abbot of Wat Pa Sukato - Forest Monestary in Chaiyapum, Thailand. Apart from having very seasoned and long tenured monks at the monastery, it also has a tradition for young people to go there for short ordinations.
Phra Paisal was born in 1957, graduated from the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University. He has always been a social activist and a writer, working with tenacity for the cause of ecology and human rights.
Please visit the Wat Pa Sukato website at www.pasukato.org.
Venerable Geshe Lhakdor is one of the accomplished Buddhist scholars in the country today. He is also one of the founder members of the Emory Partnership and the Director of the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamshala which was conceived and founded by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
Geshe Lhakdor La has also served as a translator and religious assistant to His Holiness since 1989. He has translated numerous books by His Holiness from English to Tibetan and from Tibetan to English. He has an intense, playful and humorous style, often artfully blending the usage of English and Hindi to clarify complex ideas.
Born in Yakra, Western Tibet in 1956, Geshe received his monk ordination in 1964, attended the Central School for Tibetans, in Dalhousie, India from 1972 to 1976 and studied specialised Buddhist Philosophy in the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Dharamsala, India until 1986.
You can also visit the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA) webiste at www.ltwa.net.
Venerable Geshe Dorji Damdul is presently Director - Tibet House, New Delhi. He has undertaken several projects for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, serving as the primary translator for many of his works. Born in 1968, Geshe Dorji Damdul earned his Geshe Lharampa Degree in 2002 from Drepung Loseling Monastic University.
He has a most fantastic analytical mind, and his skillful technique ensures that most practitioners understand the wisdom rooted behind their practice.
Venerable Sumati was born to an English mother and an Indian father, and raised in both India and England, where he attended Oxford University. Kabir Ji, as he is affectionately known by some, was ordained as a monk in 2002.
A man of the modern world, Kabir Ji dedicates his life to various activities including being the Spiritual Programme Coordinator at Tushita in Delhi, supporting the Root Institute and now working on the landmark Maitreya Project in Kushinagar.
Please see the program calendar of Tushita here.
You can see some of his written work for Thubten Chodron website here.