Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche is one of the main teachers of Lama David Christensen. A giant in both the spiritual and physical sense, he is one of the most respected teachers of the Century and a teacher to the current Dalai Lama. Lama David received many teachings from Rinpoche in Nepal and during his retreat in Dordogne, France. He first met Rinpoche following a Vajrakilaya empowerment in Darjeeling, India after being introduced by Golok Tulku.
Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche
Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche is a highly realised master of the Nyingma/Dzogchen tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.Lama David first met Nyoshul Khenpo during his traditional 4 year retreat in Dordogne, France in March 1982. In the many years that followed he travelled and practiced with Khenpo acting as his translator. The book ' The Fearless Lion's Roar' is a collection of teachings given by Nyoshul Khenpo during their four year retreat in France which have been translated by Lama David' and recently published.
Dungsay Thinley Norbu Rinpoche
The son of Dudjom Rinpoche and the father of Dzongsar Khyentse Norbu. author of many great boooks such as White Sail, Gypsy Gossip and Magic Dance. Dungsay Thinley Norbu Rinpoche is a great teacher in the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Lama David lived with him in Nepal.
Chatral Rinpoche lived to well over 100 years old. Some people put it down to the fact that unlike many Tibetan Lamas he is a passionate practitioner of vegetarianism. He is the author of the book Compassionate Action. Dungsay Thinley Norbu Rinpoche said that Chatral Rinpoche is a very good teacher for Western people as he is very strong, like a lion and completely fearless. Lama David spent time with Chatral Rinpoche in Darjeeling, India.
Dudjom Rinpoche is one of the most highly regarded teachers of the century. He was also head of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. He is considered as the reincarnation of many great masters including Dudjom Lingpa. Lama David received teachings and advice from Dudjom Rinpoche on many occasions including every year during his retreat in France. It was also on the advice of Dudjom Rinpoche during a visit that Lama David travelled to France for the long retreat.
Tulku Pema Wangyal Rinpoche
Tulky Pema Wangyal is one of the main students of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. He is known for is compassionate activity towards animals including freeing thousands of animals every year and is also a vegetarian. Tulku Pema oversaw the four year retreat in France which is where he met Lama David Christensen. A few years ago, Tulku Pema also visit the Odiyana Centre in Hawthorn as well as the Odiyana Retreat Centre in Gippsland where he gave a blessing and freed hundreds of insects.