The large photo is of Pema Norbu Rinpoche, the 11th head of the Palyul Nyingma Buddhist tradition. He passed away (achieving Parinirvana in the lingo of Buddhism) in March of 2009. At the end of July of 2014, the new Rinpoche will be enthroned.
Check out the mustache and dual goatee. This Snow Lion temple guardian is located on the steps of the Padmasambhava Buddhist Vihara at Namdroling Monastery in Bylakuppe, India. Fun fact: Some believe that the milk of a snow lion can restore health to an ailing body… but not the body of the person trying to milk a snow lion.