Lama Samten Yeshe Rinpoche

Lama Samten Yeshe Rinpoche was born in Kham, Menya, in Eastern Tibet. At the age of nine, Rinpoche took monastic vows and became a monk. He studied «Rime» Buddhism with Lama Tulku Ayung Rinpoche and many others great Tibetan masters from the five tibetan buddhists schools. Then, Rinpoche studied and practiced Bön Buddhism (the most ancient tradition of Tibetan Buddhism) for 16 years. He had the great privilege to receive many direct teachings, essential instructions, empowerments from H. H. Menri Trizin Rinpoche, the official spiritual leader of the Yundrung Bön lineage, as well as from H. E. Yongdzin Namdak Tenzin Rinpoche and Menri Ponlop Rinpoche. He broadened his spiritual knowledge and practice of Bön Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen under the guidance of these three main holders of the Bön lineage.He studied different aspects of the Bönpo spiritual tradition such as the practices of the Nine Preliminaries, Primordial Vision, purification of the six realms, Tsalung. He received oral instructions in the practices of Dzogchen "the Great Perfection" and phowa (transference of consciousness). Rinpoche also studied philosophy and other topics of the Tibetan culture such as debate art, grammar, poetry, medicine and tibetan mandala art. He has-been the President and the Vice-President of the Bon Dialectic School in India and has been teaching younger students in Menri Monastery. Head of his class, Rinpoche successfully Passed His degree examination (Doctor of Philosophy) at Menri Monastery in 2010. Since 2011, Rinpoche has been living in France as a refugee and has been teaching Tibetan Dzogchen Meditation and yoga in France and Europe to Western students who deeply appreciate his genuine kindness and joy, his great knowledge and his ability to embody wisdom and compassion in daily life. Rinpoche performs the art of Tibetan calligraphy, the Mask dance (traditional sacred dance) in festivals and gives Tibetan astrological consultations as well. He is an active member of the Rime movement initiated by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche all over the world.