My name is Valerio Albisetti. I have three daughters and we live in Switzerland. I have a strong connection to Ticino, the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. Thus, I am bilingual and grew up in two cultures. Two passions also shaped my personal and professional life: my work with children and young people as a social worker and over 20 years as head of institutions for socially disadvantaged youths; and my creative work as a photographer and cameraman that I finally pursued and made into a second job. For over 30 years, I have been documenting teachings and rituals of Vajrayana Buddhist masters and working on documentary films. Since 2017, I have devoted all my time and energy to the Jamgon Kongtrul Archive, a project that is very close to my heart that I can finally share for the benefit of those in the Path and all beings.
Meeting with the 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche changed and greatly enriched my life. A Bodhisattva and a great scholar, who, with his warmth and clear-sightedness, humour and loving severity, opened my heart, mind and potentials. With unconditional commitment, he guided me, always subtly supportive in the background. The 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche lived what he taught: wisdom and compassion in action. My heart is filled with great gratitude and humility for the unbroken continuing bond with this great master.
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