Padmasambhava Buddhist Center of Tennessee
The Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches first began teaching in Tennessee in 1987, and in 1990 the Padmasambhava Buddhist Center of Tennessee was established. Now one of region’s largest Tibetan Dharma groups, we meet regularly at the Yeshe Tsogyal Temple in Nashville, and hold annual retreats led by Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche at Padma Gochen Ling, our retreat center outside of Monterey, Tennessee. Ven. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche (1938-2010) and Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche established the Padmasambhava Buddhist Center (PBC) in 1989 to preserve the authentic message of Buddha Shakyamuni and Guru Padmasambhava in its entirety, and in particular to teach the traditions of the Nyingma school and Vajrayana Buddhism. PBC includes over 20 centers in the U.S.A., India, Puerto Rico, Latvia, and Russia, as well as monastic institutions in India, the U.S.A., and Russia. As a holder of the complete Nyingmapa lineage, Khenpo Tsewang Rinpoche is fully versed in the Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana schools, and is a master of Dzogchen. He has co-authored over 35 Dharma books in English with Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche, and travels throughout the world giving teachings, empowerments, and personal guidance in fluent English at numerous retreats.