Patron Kings X: Khenpo Kunga Wangchuk and DKCLI

In Tibet, the monastic shedras (Buddhist Universities) maintain the authenticity and heritage of the Buddha’s teachings. One such university is Dzongsar Institute, in Derge, Eastern Tibet, founded by Rime master Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo in 1871. It quickly became...

Patron King VIII: Prince Shotoku of Japan

When Prince Shotoku was born, Japan was not much more than a riverbank populated by barbarian hordes. By the time he died, though, Buddhism was the state religion, and the Golden Age had begun. In the middle of the sixth century in Japan, the Imperial Court was,...

Patron King VI: King Trisong Deutsen

Part VI in a series of discussions with Rinpoche King Trisong Deutsen was the 9th century Tibetan emperor who is credited with establishing Buddhism in Tibet. Tibetan Buddhists consider him a manifestation of Manjushri, the bodhisattva who embodies wisdom. In his...

Patron King V: Songtsen Gampo

Part V in a series of discussions with Rinpoche Songtsen Gampo is the forefather of Buddhism in Tibet. Two generations before King Trisong Detsen invited Shantarakshita and Padmasambhava to Tibet, King Songtsen Gampo cultivated the nation for its transformation,...