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Tibetan Teachings & Empowerments

SamadhiDev has received over 70 Buddhist teachings and empowerments. 22 of these empowerments have been given directly from H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama. 19 of these from The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa (The Head Of The Kagyu’s), Sakya Trizin (Head Of The Sakya’s), Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche (Head Of The Nyingma’s), and Gankar Tulku Rinpoche (Head Of The Gelukpa Tulkus). These empowerments were given after his awakening in 1997 and were received without the request or any effort on his part.

2002    Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche (Head Of The Nyingma): Padmasambhava, Medicine Buddha, Vajrakilaya
2004    Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche (Kagyu): Amitabha, Avalokiteshvara
2005    Sakya Trizen (Head Of The Sakya): Vajrakilaya, Chakrasambhava
2006    H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama: Green Tara
2008    ZaChoeje Rinpoche (Gelukpa): Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri, Vajrasattva, Medicine Buddha, Green Tara, White Tara

  • H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama: 21 teachings and empowerments including – Kalachakra, Palden Lhamo, 13 Yamantaka, Avalokiteshvara, Green Tara, White Tara, 21 Tara, Long Life Puja, & The Texts On Nagarjuna
  • The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa (Head Of The Kagyu): 9 Teachings
  • Gankar Tulku Rinpoche (Head Of The Gelukpa Tulkus): Chakrasambhava, Single Yamantaka, Mahakala, Padmasambhava, Guhyasamaja, Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri
  • Venerable Thubten Ngodup (Nechung Oracle): personal interview & The KoGna (5 Gods) Puja
  • Miscellaneous Teachings & Empowerments: Received dozens of teachings & empowerments while visiting Gelukpa, Nyingma, Sakya & Kagyu Monasteries throughout India.

2015 H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama: White Tara Long Life Empowerment


In 2010, SamadhiDev lived at The Gyuto Tantric Monastery in Northern India for six months during which time while abiding in silence he received teachings from the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa (The Head Of The Kagyu) and dozens of tantric empowerments from Gankar Tulku Rinpoche (The Head Of The Gelukpa Tulkus). During this time he also made daily visits to the Namgyal Monastery, the residence and main temple of H.H. 14th Dalai Lama where he received teachings and empowerments from the Dalia Lama. He then spent 12 months abiding in silence while living at the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Mundgod India. During these 12 months he also traveled throughout India visiting and staying at over 28 Buddhist, Hindu, and Sikh monasteries, temples and sacred sights.

North India:

Namgyal Monastery: H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama, Head Of The Gelukpa Order,

Residence & Main Temple, McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh


Gyuto Monastery: His Eminence The 17th Karmapa, Head Of The Kagyu Order
Residence & Gyuto Tantric Monastery, Sidh Bari, Himachal Pradesh

Nechung Monastery: Venerable Thupten Ngodup, Official Oracle For H.H. Dalai Lama  
Ganchen Kyishong, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh


Sakya Center: His Eminence Sakya Trizin, Head Of The Sakya Order
Residence & Main India Center, Dehradun (Rajpur), Uttarakhand

Mindrolling Monastery:  His Eminence Trichen Rinpoche, Head Of The Nyingma Order 

Clement Town, Dehradun, India


Rumtek Monastery: His Eminence The 17th Karmapa, Head Of The Kagyu Order
Sikkim, India (N.E. India)

  Nyingma: Drikung Monastery

  Kagyu:  Tsechen Dhongag Chöling

  Sakya: Rato Monastery

Gelukpa: Drepung Deyang, Drepung Loseling, Drepung Gomang, Gaden Jangtse & Gaden Shartse 

Mundgod, Karwar District, Karnataka


South India:

Thoding Pedmo Tsal, Hunsur,

Mysore District, Karnataka


  Gelukpa: Gyumed Tantric Monastery, Sera Jey & Sera Mey

  Nyingma: Namdroling 

     Kagyu: Nalanda, Tsechen Choekhorling

Bylakuppe, Mysore District, Karnataka


Sacred Sights:


Padmasambhava’s Tso Pema (Rewalsar Lake) - the Indian home of Men-Tsee-Khang

Tibetan Medical & Astrological Institute at Dharamshala
Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh (Deer Park): The location where Buddha 1st taught
Bodh Gaya, Bihar - the place where Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh - the holiest of the seven sacred cities of Hinduism

Tashi Jong: between Palampur & Baijnath
Tushita & Hermitage in Green Forest

Trilopa’s cave: Tilokpur

Amritsar Punjab: The Golden Temple - the spiritual & cultural center of the Sikhs

Delhi: Akshardham Temple & Lakshmi Narayan Mandir