Short Introduction of Author


Yeshe Thaye ( Dr. David Kin-keung Chan ) started his practice of Tibetan Buddhism at the age of 15. After his early years of schooling in Hong Kong, he went for further education in both the United States and England. He received his two bachelor degrees in Oregon and a master's degree at Stanford University. Later on, he read for his Ph.D. degree at the University of Nottingham in England.

In his early years of learning, he received the whole and complete system of the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism from his Chinese Guru, the Ven. Lama Sonam Chokyi Gyaltsan ( Guru Lau Yui Che ), the Chinese spiritual representative of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche in the Far East. In 1972, he received the Vajra Acarya Empowerment ( Dorje Lobpon ) personally from His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche and was bestowed the Dharma name of Yeshe Thaye ( Boundless Wisdom ).

It was in 1986 and in 1996 that Yeshe Thaye was twice requested by his Chinese Guru, the Ven. Lama Sonam Chokyi Gyaltsan, to take up the responsibility of upholding his lineages of Narak Dong Truk ( Karling Zhi-khro ) and of Dudjom Tersar in the Far East. Since 1998, Yeshe Thaye has established the Dudjom Buddhist Association (International) in Hong Kong, and has published the English-Chinese bilingual Buddhist journal "Light of Lotus" ( Pema Osel ). He is now the Instructor-in-Charge of the Dudjom Buddhist Association.

Even though he has been personally authorized by Kyabje Chadral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche, one of the most authoritative and realized Masters of Dzogchen teachings of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, as the Lineage-holder of the Ven. Lama Sonam Chokyi Gyaltsan, Yeshe Thaye refuses to become others' guru as he insists to devote himself wholeheartedly on his own Dharma practices. Luckily, he is willing to act as the Instructor-in-Charge for the Dudjom Buddhist Association, and thus making this whole series of lectures possible. Whether Yeshe Thaye will follow the footsteps of his Chinese Guru will very much depend upon the Law of the Interdependent Origination of circumstances in the future.