Lama Rigdzin Samdrub
Lama Rigdzin Samdrub was born in East Bhutan in 1958 and began his religious training at eight years of age. At fifteen he went to study with his root lama, the foremost yogi of Bhutan, Lama Sonam Zangpo, his uncle from his mother’s side and the grandfather of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. Lama Sonam Zangpo transmitted to him the complete Nyingma tantras and trained him in the Six Yogas of Naropa. Lama Rigdzin also received extensive religious training, initiations and transmissions from many other revered masters of the Drugpa Kagyu and the Nyingma tradition such Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche and the 16th Karmapa.
In 1982 Lama Sonam Zangpo ordained him as lama in charge of the ancient Padma Lingpa temple of Urgyen Ling. After Lama Sonam Zangpo's death in 1984, Lama Rigdzin completed two three year retreats. From 1991-1996, he followed Khyentse Rinpoche to Bir, India, helping him to build his monastery and teaching the students.
Khyentse Rinpoche made him abbot of Lama Sonam Zangpo’s monastery. Upon returning to Bhutan, he continued his religious training, receiving further Nyingt’hig, Dzogchen, and tsalung teachings under Lama Serpo Rigdzin Palden, a lineage holder of Adzom Drugpa.
In 2005, Khyentse Rinpoche requested that he go to Khadro Ling as lama in charge of the consecration activities for the Zangdog Palri. He has completely dedicated himself to that task, vastly multiplying the blessings of Guru Rinpoche pureland.