This program offers two teachings recorded by H. E. Samdhong Rinpoche for Jewel Heart in 2022. The program begins with a short 30 minute talk as an Introduction to Vajrayana. After a short break, the program will continue with the second teaching on the Six Session Guru Yoga. This program is free and open to all levels.

H.E. Samdhong Rinpoche draws out the distinction between non-tantric and tantric practices and thereby gives a brief introduction to Vajrayana as a unique method to reach full enlightenment very quickly and without great hardship.

In the second recording, Ven. Samdhong Rinpoche gives a concise, yet complete explanation and oral transmission of the Full Six Session Guru Yoga, which is an essential practice for anyone initiated into Highest Yoga tantra. It is a compact method to combine the practice of Guru Devotion with affirming the pledges taken during tantric initiation, thereby providing the foundation for a successful Vajrayana practice.


Venerable Professor Samdhong Rinpoche was born as Samdhong Lobsang Tenzin in 1939, in the Tibetan province of Kham. At age five, he was recognized and enthroned as the reincarnation of the fourth Samdhong Rinpoche. He began his monastic studies at age 12 at the University of Drepung in Tibet and eventually obtained a Doctorate in Buddhist sciences at Gyütö Monastery, Dalhousie, India in 1970. In 1959, Rinpoche fled to India to escape the repressive Chinese government in Tibet. There, he was commissioned by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to serve as a teacher to monks in exile. He was appointed director of the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Varanasi in 1988 and remained there until 2001. On July 29, 2001, Rinpoche was named Kalön Tripa, or Prime Minister of the Tibetan Exile Government, the first political leader to be directly elected by the people in exile.

He is an eminent and distinguished scholar, teacher and philosopher, and a life-long campaigner for Gandhian principles especially that of non-violence or peaceful resistance.

(from Rigpa Wiki)

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