Atisha (982 - 1052) arrived in 1039 at Tibet invited by King Yeshe Od, to help the restoration of Buddhism. His arrival marks the beginning of a new period in the history of Buddhism in Tibet. With the help of his disciple Dromtompa he laid the foundations of the Kadampa tradition. For more than ten years he worked spreading his religion, laying the roots of the expansion that followed him. He confirmed initiations, built monasteries in addition to writing, translating and editing more than 200 books, which helped the development of Buddhism in Tibet. Highlights the poem A lamp in the path of enlightenment that gave rise to the tradition of Lamrim.
One of his most important legacies was the development of mind training practices (lobjong), and the centrality of concept and practice of bodhicitta in Tibetan Buddhism, incorporated into the four schools: Gelug, Nyingma, Kagyu and Sakya. For these reasons Atisha is a central figure in the history of Buddhism.
Je Tsongkhapa (1357 - 1419) was an important teacher of Tibetan Buddhism who was born in Tibet and created the so-called Gelug tradition. Tsongkhapa studied and learned from all schools but his main inspiration was that of the Kadam Tradition founded by the teacher Atisha. He was a Guru of the lineage of Mahamudra Tantra and Buddhists believe in him as the emanation of Buddha Manjushri, the Buddha of wisdom.
H.H. 14º Dalai Lama
His Holiness the fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the spiritual leader of Tibet. He was born on July 6, 1935, northeast of Tibet. At the age of two years, he was named Lhamo Dhondup at that time was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso. The Dalai Lama is believed to be manifestations of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and the patron saint of Tibet. Bodhisattvas are enlightened beings who have postponed their own nirvana and decided to be reborn in order to serve humanity.
Khen Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Delek
Former abbot of the Tantric College of Gyüme and one of the most outstanding teachers of the "Five Major Texts" at the Monastery University Sera Je, in southern India. He is one of the few living masters of Sera Je Monastery in Tibet.
Geshe Palden Sangpo
Geshe Palden Sangpo was born in Kham Karze, in 1972, in eastern Tibet. He crossed, on foot, the mountains of the Himalayas to be educated in the Mahayana Monastery of Sera Je, in the south of India. In 1995, he received his ordination vows from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. After 17 years of studying the five major Buddhist texts, he graduated as one of the youngest to obtain the Geshe degree. Under the guidance of his teacher, the abbot of Sera Je, Khen Rinpoche Lobsang Delek, Geshe Sangpo went to the Tantric school of Gurmey for one year to study tantra. His area of specialty are rituals, especially the ritual of the practice of Haya Griva. In 2008, he moved to Raleigh, in the United States, where he unconditionally supports his teacher Geshe Gelek Choda.