Jampa Donyed Lama, known in secular life as B. B. Badmaev, was born on July 16, 1961 in the village Nizhniy Burgaltai in the Dzhidinskiy district of the Buryat ASSR.
In 1983 he graduated from the Leningrad Industrial-pedagogical Technical College. In 2000 he graduated from the Damba Darja Sayayev Buddhist University “Dashi Choinkhorlin”. He obtained the degree of Doctor of Buddhist philosophy (“geshe”) in 2005. In 2006 he received the international degree of Doctor of Buddhist philosophy (Oxford Educational Network International Higher Examination Council (IHEC), faculty of Buddhism).
He has been serving in the Saint Petersburg Datsan Gunzechoinei (Buddhist temple) since 1991 and as its head (shirete) since 1997. He also has the status of an emchi-lama (healer). Since 2019 he is the deputy head of the Buddhist Traditional Sangha of Russia (Did Khambo Lama) in the Northwestern Federal District of the Russian Federation.
He is proficient in five languages: Buryat, Russian, Mongolian, Tibetan, and Sanskrit. He is the author of several dozen publications and he regularly lectures on Buddhist philosophy for the Datsan Gunzechoinei’s congregation.
Tibetology in St. Petersburg. Collected papers. Issue 2 / Editorial board: B. B. Badmayev, A. V. Zorin (executive editor), Ch. Ramble, A. A. Sizova (secretary), V. L. Uspensky. St. Petersburg:
St. Petersburg Centre for Oriental Studies Publishers, 2021. 356 р. + 16 il. ISBN 978-5-85803-572-5
The Buddhist Traditions of Russia: Commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the Lineage of the Pandita Khambo Lamas [Учение Будды в России: 250 лет институту Пандито Хамбо-лам]. Editorial Board: Prof. Dr. I. F. Popova (chief editor); B. B. Badmaev; Prof. Dr. V. L. Uspensky; Dr. A. V. Zorin (executive editor); A. A. Sizova (secretary). St. Petersburg: St. Petersburg
Centre for Oriental Studies Publishers, 2015. 186 р.
Tibetology in St. Petersburg. Collected papers. Issue 1. Editorial Board: I.F.Popova (chief editor), B.B.Badmaev, A.V.Zorin (executive editor), V.L.Uspensky. St. Petersburg:
St. Petersburg Centre for Oriental Studies Publishers, 2014.