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For the advancement of Vajrayana Buddhism and promotion
of a more compassionate and wise society.
Our Organization

Heruka Institute was formed by a group of Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche’s students through the inspiration of his teachings and relies on his continual spiritual and scholarly guidance.

Heruka Institute is organized exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code of 1986. *Form 1023EZ and 990 available upon request.

Our Purposes
  • Advancement of Vajrayana Buddhism.
  • Promotion of social welfare by increasing compassion and wisdom.
  • Advancement of education or science in the field of Buddhism.


Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche is a Dzogchen master and the reincarnation of Dzogchen Gyalt-sab Thodo Rinpoche.
He received Tibetan Buddhism teachings and traditional Tibetan medicine from forty-five masters representing all five schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche is a highly trained Lama with an authentic and powerful lineage. He gives teachings and empowerments extensively across North America as well as internationally.


Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche was recognized as the reincarnation of Dzogchen Gyalt-sab Thodo Rinpoche by H.H. Ky-abje Trulshig Rinpoche.

In the summer of 2015, a famous Tibetan Terton in Kham, Tenchen Sangngag Lingpa, recognized him as one the owners of the Terton’s treasure Dharma, or Choe-Dag.

Rinpoche has written 14 books in Tibetan, ten of which have been published on the subject of Tibetan Buddhism, meditation, healing, and poetry.

He has published three books in English:

  •  “A Modern Liberation Odyssey—An Autobiography of a Tibetan Nomad Lama”
  • “Handbook for Half-Buddhas”
  • “Tibetan Zen”

Rinpoche has recorded 5 CD’s, including Tibetan Chod. He also writes novels, poetry for mind training and on how to enjoy life.

For many years, he has tirelessly served the community wholeheartedly in many ways, including the following:

  • Buddhist Refuge Vows
  • Bodhisattva Vows
  • Tantric Initiations and Empowerments
  • Transmissions of Sadhana
  • House Blessings
  • Spiritual Guidance
  • Infant Blessings
  • Mo (Tibetan Divination)
  • Tibetan Astrology
  • Pujas for the sick, dying or dead
  • Pujas for business growth
  • Public speaking on Vajrayana Buddhist topics
  • Public speaking on compassion, kindness and tolerance for the greater community



Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche has received many teachings from Nyingma masters, primarily from H.H. Trulshik Rinpoche, who received them from H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche in an unbroken line of transmission going back to Padmasambhava in the eighth century. Padmasambhava had received the teachings from a line of human masters beginning with King Za in India. King Za had received them from Vajrapani, who received them from Vairocana, who received them from Vajrasattva, who received them from Samantabhadra or Vajradhara. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche has also learned from many other Nyingma teachers, including Dodrupchen Rinpoche and many young masters.


From the Kagyu School, Tulku Yeshi received teachings from many masters, including H.H. Seventeenth Karmapa, who had received teachings from H.E. Tagu Rinpoche, who had received teachings from the Sixteenth Karmapa in an unbroken lineage extending back to Gampopa, Milarepa, and Marpa. Marpa had received the teachings from the great Indian master, Naropa, who received them from Tilopa. Tilopa received most of his teachings from Vajradhara. Also from the Drikung Kagyu lineage, he has received teachings from Ayan Rinpoche, and Garchen Rinpoche.


In the Gelug School, Tulku Yeshi first received teachings from a Gelugpa Master, H.H. Lamo Yongzin Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Tripa Lobsang Nyima, Drepung Tipa Tenba Tendzin, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and many other Geshes.


From the Sakya School, Tulku Yeshi received teachings from H.H. Sakya Trizin and H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Rinpoche, who had received the teachings from his father, Trichen Ngawang Thutob Wangchuk and from Dzongsar Jamyang Chokyi Lodro, each of whom had received the teachings from an unbroken lineage extending back to the Five Founder Lamas of the Sakya lineage, who themselves had received teachings reaching back to Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) and Virupa. Guru Rinpoche’s and Virupa’s teachings came from Vajradhara and Nairatmya, respectively.


In the Chod school, he received teachings from Dhetheng Shungdung Rinpoche who had received teachings from Lako Rinpoche, who received the teachings in an unbroken lineage going back to Machik Labdron. Tulku Yeshi received a second transmission of the Chod Teachings from Trulshik Rinpoche, who received them from Dudjom Rinpoche, who received the teachings in an unbroken lineage going back to Padmasambhava.  He received a third Chod transmission from Lama Wangdu Rinpoche, who received the teachings from his Guru, Nubra Rinpoche, who received them in an unbroken lineage reaching back to Machik Labdron and Padampa Sangye.

Tibetan Shamanism

Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche is also learned in Tibetan Shamanism and its healing and divination practices  from a number of teachers, especially those in the tradition of King Gesar, one of Tibet’s most powerful protective deities.


One of Tulku Yeshi’s root guru from the Gelug School is Lamo Yongzin Rinpoche.

Tulku Yeshi began receiving teachings as a young boy. Long before he became a monk, Lamo Yongzin Rinpoche took him under his wing and taught him all the traditional studies, including Tibetan script and how to visualize Tantric deities. He bestowed three sets of vows on him, Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana.

Lamo Yongzin Rinpoche was born in 1908 in north Kokonor Lake in Amdo. At Labring Tashikyi Monastery he studied Buddhist Philosophy and received many empowerments from Lako Rinpoche, Geshi Jigme, Geshi Thabkey, and other masters.

He founded his own monastery, Trumden Ling, in 1935 in South Kokonor. During the Cultural Revolution, the Chinese Communists sent him to political prison as well as to various “re-education” programs. In the 1990’s he rebuilt his Monastery and gave teachings throughout northeastern Tibet.

He gave more initiations, empowerments, and teachings than any other Gelug master in Tibet. Every time he gave the Kalachakra empowerment, at least 50,000 people attended, and at times the crowd was as high as 200,000.

In later years Lamo Yongzin Rinpoche built several other monasteries and manifested many extraordinary siddhis. For instance, rainbows often appeared in the sky when he was giving a teaching, and once, while giving the Vajrayogini Empowerment in the cave of a female mountain deity, the nectar in his kapala cup began boiling spontaneously.

He passed away in 2005 at the age of 97, having the foretold the month and day seven months earlier. That morning, he did his usual practices, had breakfast, and announced simply, “Now I am going to die.” He told his assistant to go outside for half an hour. After the half hour had elapsed, the monks returned to his room and found him in the posture the Buddha had assumed at his Parinirvana.