Lama Tharchin Rinpoche
Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, our precious teacher, and the senior member of the founding directors of Saraha Nyingma Buddhist Institute, passed away on July 22, 2013. Edition 1. c of Saraha's "Arrow" newsletter, published shortly after Rinpoche's passing, was written in tribute to him. To read this tribute, including prayers and comments from Sangha members worldwide, click HERE.
The following short biography of Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, as it originally appeared on this site, remains unchanged ...
Lama Tharchin Rinpoche is a Dzogchen (Great Perfection) master of Vajrayana Buddhism. He is the tenth-generation lineage holder of the Repkong Ngakpas. This is a family lineage of yogis, or householders, and was the largest community of non-monastic practitioners in Tibet. Rinpoche was trained in His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche's monastery, engaged in five years of solitary retreat and then completed the traditional three-year retreat with three others under Dudjom Rinpoche.
In addition to Dudjom Rinpoche, his main teachers have been HH Chadral Rinpoche, Lama Sherab Dorje Rinpoche, and HH Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche. Rinpoche left Tibet by foot with his family in 1960. Many of the early years of Rinpoche's life were dedicated to intensive study, practice and retreat. Mastering the many traditions of his lineage under the guidance of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, Lama Tharchin Rinpoche benefits countless beings through his purity of his heart and compassionate activity.
Fulfilling the request of his teacher, Lama Tharchin Rinpoche came to the West with the intention to protect the holy Buddhadharma and to plant authentic seeds of Dharma. Rinpoche's blessings and accomplishments have flowed like rich wisdom nectar. Founder of the Vajrayana Foundation
in Watsonville, California, Rinpoche is also a Founding Director of our organization, the Saraha Nyingma Buddhist Institute.
Lama Tsering Gyaltsen
A lifelong Buddhist practitioner of the Dudjom Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and a learned Buddhist scholar, Lama Tsering Gyaltsen received a Master of Arts degree in Buddhist Studies from the Tibetan Institute of Higher Studies in Varanasi, India. Lama Gyaltsen arrived in the USA in 1996. He is author of one book of Tibetan history, and several publications on various Buddhist subjects. He has also assisted either in the editing or translation of numerous Buddhist texts. Lama Gyaltsen assisted or directed the creation of the Padma Charitable Foundation, located in Corvallis, Oregon, where he serves as the founding and head Dharma teacher. He is a Founding Director and Vice-President of our organization, the Saraha Nyingma Buddhist Institute.
Lama Sonam Tsering
the guidance of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, Lama Sonam completed his extensive Buddhist education at the Ngagyur Shedrup Dodjo Ling, receiving the advanced degree of Khenpo, equivalent to a Doctors degree, in Buddhist philosophy, art and science. He received the complete teachings, empowerments and instructions on the Dudjom Tersar and other Nyingmapa traditions from many lamas and Khenpos.
In 1984 Chagdud Rinpoche invited Lama Sonam to the United States. Over the years, he served as a resident lama at Dechen Ling Buddhist Center, Chagdud Gonpa, in Cottage Grove, Oregon. In 1999, His Holiness Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche and Lama Tharchin Rinpoche both entrusted Lama Sonam to oversee and guide the Vajrayana Foundation
, Pema Osel Ling Retreat center where he currently resides.
Lama Sonam has an extraordinary way of conveying the wisdom and compassion of the Buddhadharma to young people and adults in the west. He is a humble practitioner with boundless energy for the dharma which he ceaselessly applies joyfully for the benefit all beings. He is a Founding Director and President of our organization, the Saraha Nyingma Buddhist Institute.