LAMA PADMA SAMTEN
life period : 1948 - present | place of birth : Brazil
nationality : Brazilian | occupation : Buddhist Lama
guru/teacher : Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche | education : Master’s degree in Physics
website : http://www.cebb.org.br/
“ we are inseparable from everything and everyone, by benefiting others we are benefiting ourselves.”
“ We should practice love and compassion by Contemplating and seeing our co-emergence with the world, using the aid of a calm and focused mind.”
Padma Samten is a Brazilian Buddhist lama.
Alfredo Aveline has bachelor's and master's degrees in physics from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), where he was professor from 1969 to 1994. During those years, he studied quantum physics, a theory in which he found a similarity with Buddhist thought. In the early 1980s, his interest in Buddhism was intensified. In 1986, he founded Bodhisattva Centre for Buddhist Studies.
In 1993, he was accepted by Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche as his disciple and in 1996 he was ordained lama, a title meaning leader, priest and teacher. Since that time, Lama Samten has travelled and taught, helping to structure and sustain practice groups throughout Brazil.
Lama Samten received training from teachers of various Buddhist traditions including Zen, and travelled to Asia on several occasions. He has contributed to bring masters, including Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, Alan Wallace and the Dalai Lama, to Brazil.
In Viamão (RS), where he resides, is located the headquarters of the Institute Middle Way - Bodhisattva Buddhist Study Centre (CEBB) governing body. His work is focused on the orientation of the activities of their students through the study, the practice of meditation, retreats and, above all, through the aid in the understanding of spirituality and culture of peace as a way to develop good relations in the environment where they live.
Because of his work integrating Buddhism and mind training to the fields of psychology, medicine, economy and education, he has been awarded honorary citizenship in Curitiba (2008) and Viamão (2012).