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This is who we are

We are a very welcoming team, you'll see. The team actually includes Vishnou, Jean-Michel not to speak of the dogs Tashi & Jampa.





Jampa & Tashi

We are linked to Nyingmapa tradition through Kangyur Rinpoché whose 's teachings were transmitted to us in in the late 70's and through Dudjom and Kyientse Rinpoché who gave us teachings as well as inititions and emporwerments.

 We actually placed ourselves under the compassionate spiritual guidance of Chamtrul Rinpoché who is supporting in Samten Dzong's construction.



Bouddha Shakiamuni

Bouddha Shakiamuni


Garab Dorje


Guru Rinpoché


Kangyur Rinpoché

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Dudjom Rinpoché


 Kyientse Rinpoché

Chamtrul Rinpoche

Chamtrul Rinpoché


Our History



Buiding up of the first temple in Tahiti beginning of the 80 ies.

In 1984, living in Tahiti at that time, we undertook building a temple on a plot close to Punauia's beach, not far from Papeete, land which was once Gaugin's property. Working in the morning for private owners in hardscaping of properties or home decoration as well as building small wood houses, we would accumulate money to be able to build, maintain the property and sustain the needs of the small community of people living there with us, while in the afternoon we would build the temple.

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Tahiti temple

First temple that Vishnou and me built in Tahiti in 1984


2.Saint Martin

Having been dwelling a few years between France and Belgium, we settle in Saint Martin, a french West Indies island in the Caribean.

In 1988 we settle in Mollans-sur-Ouvèze in a village on the border of Drôme and Vaucluse departments, in the south of France. We undertake Traditional Chinese Medicine studies and in 1995 we create a company to sell Chinese pharmacopoeia in Belgium. At that time we will study Feng Shui and Bazi (Chinese astrology) and learn a lot about health from our practice in TCM. Eventually in 2000 we buy a plot of land of 4 acres in the island of Saint Martin and settle there 3 years later.

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2.Saint Martin

SXM Temple

The temple of Saint Martin at PemaOdling



While living in Saint Martin, building PemaÖdling temple, we become aware of the necessity to establish a center in the countryside in Portugal.

It took quite some time to find an auspicious place in Portugal, but we finally found a 25 acres plot in the province of Alentejo in 2009. Later on we had a small house as well as a warehouse built there, that would served to do the big leap. After having built ourselves the temple in Saint Martin, we created PemaÖdling association and, with but little money enough to build our own house which will be Samtendzong heart's base, we left Saint Martin on the 1st of September 2015, entrusting the center to Fleur, a friend and yoga teacher. Since the we did a lot and are actually building ourselves the main house, taking care of the property, planting trees, pruning the olives trees, etc…

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Samtendzong's future temple

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