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102nd Ganden Tripa Rizong Rinpoche

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First published on: 30th of November 2015


Rizong Rinpoche is currently the head of the Gelugpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, The position he holds, which is called “Gaden Tripa,” is an elected position which is held for seven years. Rinpoche was born in Ladakh in 1927 and was recognized at an early age by the 13th Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of…


Osel Hita Torres

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Osel Hita Torres is a Tibetan Buddhist tulku and aspiring cinematographer from Spain. Hita was designated soon after his birth as the reincarnation of Lama Thubten Yeshe—making him one of only a handful of westerner recognized as reincarnations of Tibetan Buddhist Lamas.


Choden Rinpoche

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Born in 1933 in eastern Tibet, Choden Rinpoche was recognized at age three as the reincarnation of a previous Rinpoche, who himself had been one of the candidates for the twelfth Dalai Lama. At age eight he entered Rabten monastery, and at age fifteen went to Sera Je monastery, where he studied the five main…


Ven. René Feusi

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Trained in the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism in the experiential lineage of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. He has been sharing this experiential approach for over 30 years. He helps students get an intuition of their own inner potential and inspires them to become mediators themselves.


Geshe Kelsang Wangmo

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Geshe Kelsang Wangmo was the first- and currently only- woman to be awareded a Geshe title (only for monastics, it is equivalent to a PhD in Buddhist philosophy). She was born and raised in Germany. In 2011 she was awarded the Rime Geshe degree after completing her studies in the traditional Geshe curriculum of the…


Jon Landaw

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Jon Landaw worked as an English editor for the Translation Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, has edited numerous works for Wisdom Publications, and is the author of various books including Buddhism for Dummies. As an instructor of Buddhist meditation, he has taught in numerous Dharma centers throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, New…


B Alan Wallace

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A scholar and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism since 1970, he taught Buddhist theory and meditation worldwide since 1976. With his unique background, Alan brings deep experience and applied skills to the challenge of integrating traditional Indo-Tibetan Buddhism with the modern world.


Ven. Antonio Satta

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Ordained in the Tibetan Buddhist Lineage since 1979. He has studied from various teachers, including Lama Yeshe, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, 4 years at Tharpa Choeling Switzerland with Geshe Rabten and 4 years at Nalanda Monastery with Geshe Jampa Tegchok. Over the last 16 years Ven. Antonio has been concentrating on leading Vipassana and basic Mahamudra…


Emily Hsu

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A student of the Dharma since 1996 after attending a one month Lam Rim retreat Kopan Monestary in Nepal, Emily completed FPMT’s 7-year Master’s Program at Instituto Lama Tsong Khapa in Italy in 2004 followed by a 9-month retreat to integrate the material. As a graduate of the Master’s Program, she is authorized to teach…


Jangtse Choje Rinpoche

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Born in Tibet in 1934, Rinpoche was ordained as a monk at the age of seven. He entered Sera Jey monastery at seventeen and obtained his Geshe Lharampa degree in 1979. Following this, he entered Gyume Tantric University and two years later became Master of Discipline. In 1985 His Holiness the Dalai Lama appointed him…