Ven. Khenpo Samdup, spiritual director at Gar Drolma Buddhist Center in Dayton, Ohio, was born in Tibet and is a long-time student of His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche.

He studied the philosophy of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism under numerous Khenpos, including Khenpo Munsel and Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok. He taught for five years at Kagyu College in India founded by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, from whom he received the vast teachings and transmissions of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage.

His current writings include Learning Buddhism: Source of Temporary and Permanent Happiness and commentaries on Jigten Sumgon’s Gongchig: Clarifying the Central Thoughts of the Single Intention, The Supplication of the Seven Taras, and The Stages of Meditation: A Meditation Guide.