Guru Rinpoche - Padmasambhava
(Tibetan: pe ma jung ne, English: Lotus Born): the main founder of Buddhism in Tibet.
Guru Rinpoche Padmasambava was the greatest Buddhist mystic saint in 8th century India. He was invited by the Tibetan King Trisong Detsen when local spirits created supranatural obstacles to the construction of Samye , the first Buddhist monastary in Tibet. After an intensive meditation retreat in Nepal he entered Tibet subduing negative energies and political obstacles to the establishment of Buddhism in the Land of the Snows. The tales of his spiritual exploits and the profound teachings he passed to the King and 24 other disciples fill thousands of volumes.