Buddhist teachings are considered authentic when they can be traced back to the Buddha, through an unbroken lineage of realized masters. When we’re confident in this, we’ll strive to practice the teachings, knowing that when understood and applied correctly, they’ll bring the beneficial results we desire.
Shakyamuni Buddha was a great teacher who lived in India 2500 years ago and, after attaining enlightenment, showed how all others can do the same.
Nagarjuna was the pioneering Indian master who explained Buddha’s teachings on emptiness.
Aryadeva was the main disciple of Nagarjuna. He explained and elaborated Nagarjuna's teachings on emptiness.
Shantideva was the great Indian master who explained the practice and conduct of bodhisattvas.
Atisha transmitted Buddhism from India to Tibet once more after its temporary decline.
Gampopa was the main disciple of the Kagyu master Milarepa.
Tsongkhapa was the founder of the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
The 14th Dalai Lama
The 14th Dalai Lama is the spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism, winner of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize and world icon of non-violence and compassion.
Yongdzin Ling Rinpoche
Yongdzin Ling Rinpoche was the Senior Tutor of the 14th Dalai Lama and 97th Ganden Tripa, the spiritual head of the Gelugpa tradition.
Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche
Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche was one of the teachers and Master Debate Partners of the 14th Dalai Lama and master of the full scope of Tibetan Buddhism.
Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche II
Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche II is the “tulku” reincarnation of Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche.
Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey
Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey was the pioneering teacher of Buddhism for Westerners at the Library of Tibetan Works & Archives, Dharamsala, India.