- 2018 – On September 12th, Lion’s Roar welcomed Geshe Tsewang and monks from Ladakh, India. Geshela is the director of Ngari Institute for underserved children in Ladakh. He and the monks created a Medicine Buddha sand mandala as part of their 2018 Great Compassion Tour to raise funds for the Institute.
- 2018 – On September 16th, Kenchen Rinpoche bestowed the jenang (initiation) of Medicine Buddha.
- 2018 – On September 15th, our beloved and revered Lineage Teacher Kenchen Rinpoche gave a public talk at Lion’s Roar titled “Healing in the Buddhist Tradition”
- 2015 – Kenchen Rinpoche returned to Lion’s Roar in 2015 and conducted a teaching on Vajrasattva Empowerment.
- 2007 – Kenchen Rinpoche, director of Tibetan Center for Compassion and Wisdom in Mill Valley and Oakland, recognized as the 4th incarnation of Kenchen Rinpoche by His Holiness of Dalai Lama, taught on the Three Principle Aspects of the Path and on Vajrasattva practice.
Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi
- June 30, 2018 – Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi spoke on Compassionate Boundaries- answering the questions of “How do we help others without harming ourselves?” and “How do we help others without being a nuisance?”
- June 8, 2018 – Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi gave a public talk at LRDC on A Life of Simplicity. She shared the story of her life as a Buddhist nun. Ven. Tenzin has traveled the Buddhist path for over 25 years. She has completed two 3-year silent retreats and has taught throughout the US., Australia, New Zealand & Canada and has led Buddhist pilgrimages in India. Her lifestyle of monastic voluntary simplicity is a thought provoking example in these times of secularism, materialism and hyper-consumerism.
- November 10th, 2018 – Jhado Rinpoche gave a public talk on Healing and Kalachakra Tantra.
- February 21, 2018 – our beloved Heart Lineage Teacher Kyabje Jhado Rinpoche taught on Milarepa’s poem of blending meditation and action – when meditation and action are joined, we can awaken in this very lifetime. Milarepa’s perseverance, practice and devotion has inspired generations of Dharma students.
- February 20, 2017 – our beloved Kyabje Jhado Rinpoche gave a talk on Kalachakra (The Wheel of Time). This is a Vajrayana practice dear to the heart of HH the Dalai Lama and our Heart Lineage Teacher Jhado Rinpoche. It and the Journey to Shambhala, at the center of the practice, are guiding principles at Lion’s Roar. Shambhala is both a place and a vision for an enlightened society without war, hunger, sickness and ignorance. We believe that attaining this vision is completely possible.
- 2015 – Information coming soon.
- June 2012 – A very busy seven-day visit, Kyabje Jhado Rinpoche performed the 1,000 Arm Chenrezig Empowerment and Vajra Achala Jenang as well as a number of public teachings, including one held on the campus of Sacramento State University.
- 2011 – LRDC held a 10 day event which included a public talk, an ordination, a Kalachakra Jenang initiation ceremony, a 5-day Kalachakra retreat attended by over 70 people from all over California, and an ending fire puja. Kyabje Jhado Rinpoche, the former abbot of Namgyal Monastery of the Dalai Lama, performed the ceremonies.
- May 28, 2017 – Khangser Rinpoche is a highly educated teacher who completed his studies from Sera Jey Monastery in India. He travels frequently to teach and engage in chaplaincy in Mongolia, Taiwan, Vietnam and his home country of Nepal. On May 28th, 2017, he visited us and taught about The Seven Points of Mind Training. To learn more about Khangser Rinpoche please visit the Dipkar website.
H.E. Logoan Tulku Tenzin Jampa Choesang Rinpoche
- July 12, 2017 – We were deeply honored to host Khen Rinpoche (Tulku Tenzin Jampa Choesang), the Abbot of Sera Jey Monastic University in Southern India. On July 12, 2017 he offered to us the Four-Arm Chenrezig (Loving Eyes) initiation. It is said that every person whose heart is moved by love and compassion, who deeply and sincerely acts for the benefit of others expresses the activity of Chenrezig, (also known as Avalokiteshvara in Sanskrit.)
- April 21, 2014 – Arjia Rinpoche gave an inspiring teaching in Sacramento on the Lam Rim Chenmo, Lama Tsong Khapa’s discourse on the Graduated Stages of the Path. It was well attended by both Lions Roar and Zanabazar Dharma Center members. Arjia Rinpoche currently directs the Tibetan Cultural Center in Bloomington, Indiana. Additional pictures from Arjia Rinpoche’s visit are located in the Photo Gallery (icon on the right).
- 2010 – In March, May, and Sept LRDC hosted Arjia Rinpoche, recognized as the reincarnation of Lama Tsong Khapa’s father, Lumbum Gye, the founder of the Gelupa sector of Tibetan Buddhism. Rinpoche is the former Abbot of Kumbum Monastery in Tibet and founded the Tibetan Center for Compassion and Wisdom in Mill Valley CA. He currently directs the Tibetan Cultural Center in Bloomington, Indiana. Rinpoche taught on the Heart of the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra, Buddhism in Daily Life, and spoke about his inspiring book “Surviving the Dragon” about his survival and eventual escape from the Chinese occupation of Tibet.
Ganden Tripa, Lungri Namgyel
- November 23, 2013 – He blessed the Zanabazar Dharma Center and gave oral transmissions on The Foundation of All Good Qualities, The Hundreds of Deities of Joy, Praises to the Twenty-oneTaras, and Praises to Manjurshi. Members of Lions Roar Dharma Center and Zanabazar Dharma Center, as well as their friends and families attended the auspicious occasion.
H.E. Choden Rinpoche
- July 2010 – His Eminence Choden Rinpoche taught here on the Heart Sutra in July. When a young boy, he was recognized by Reting Rinpoche, the Regent of Tibet, as the reincarnation of the previous Choden Rinpoche and became a novice monk at age seven, enrolling at Sera Je Monastery in Tibet at age 17. After 25 years of study and extended apprenticeship with many renowned lineage masters, Rinpoche earned the title pandita. He escaped from Tibet to India in 1985, and spent the next 20 years teaching all other the world. In 2007, he founded the Ananda Dharma Center in San Jose, CA, where students from Lion’s Roar regularly attend his teachings and empowerments.
- 2007 – His Eminence Choden Rinpoche visited LRDC in 2007 and gave a talk on Medicine Buddha Empowerment.
Geshe Gendun Gyatso
- 2010 – LRDC enjoyed the presence of Geshe Gendun Gyatso who led a 2-day Guru Yoga retreat and a 1-day Four Opponent Powers Retreat. Geshe Gendun escaped to India from Tibet in 1963 and after studying at Sera je Monastic University in india from the age of eight, received his Geshe degree in 1993. He is a rare find in the Buddhist Chaplaincy profession in that he performs traditional Buddhist services in Western medical facilities.
Khamba Lama Gabju Choijamts Demberel
- July 2008 – Khamba Lama Gabju Choijamts Demberel, head of the Centre of Mongolian Buddhist, Abbot of Gandan Tegchenling Monastery, Khamba, honored LRDC with one of the first teachings he has given to a Western audience.
Khensur Rinpoche Jampa Tegchok
- 2007 – Former Abbot of Sera Je Monastery, Khensur Rinpoche Jampa Tegchok, is the author of “Transforming Adversity into Joy and Courage: An explanation of the Thirty-seven Practices of Bodhisattvas” as well as a commentary of “Seven-point Mind Training.”