DharmaNet's Guide to Vajrayana Dharma Teachers:
An Online Who's Who
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with certain teachers to find thumbnail sketches of their background and teaching
approach, and ultimately, some reference as to where they teach or how to contact
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Chi Ji O True Dorje, Rinpoche,
was selected by his teacher as a young child
to be the next lineage holder and underwent many years of training in Wu Tai Mountain,
China. Since completing his training, Rinpoche has devoted himself to teaching
the dharma and also to applying his powerful healing techniques that are part
of his tradition. He became one of the most respected teachers and healers in
China. In 1999, Rinpoche was invited to
the United States to teach his tradition's unique form of mizong, or vajrayana.
He quickly attracted a group of students who have invited him to stay longer in
the US so that he might continue his teachings here. For more information, contact
Manjushri Institute at 408-730-0992.
Ven. Thubten Chodron is an American nun in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
Ordained in 1977, she spent several years studying and practicing in Asia with
Tibetan masters, including H.H. the Dalai Lama and Zopa Rinpoche. She has taught
meditation and Buddhism world-wide and is the author Buddhism for Beginners, Open
Heart, Clear Mind; Taming
the Monkey Mind; What
Color is Your Mind; and Blossoms
of the Dharma: Living as a Buddhist Nun. With humor and clarity she presents
Buddhism in a way that easy to understand practice. She is currently resident
teacher at Dharma Friendship Foundation, Seattle WA.
The Dalai Lama - His Holiness, Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth
Dalai Lama has been the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet since 1951, when
he was sixteen years old. Since 1959, he has lived in exile in Dharamsala, India.
In 1989, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He is author of many books, including
Heart Buddha Mind, A
Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night, Freedom
in Exile, The
Good Heart, Healing
Clarity and Insight, Live
in a Better Way, The
Meaning of Life, A
Simple Life, Transforming
the Mind, and many other books.
Lama Surya Das studied and lived with the great masters of Asia for over
30 years. Two times he completed the traditional 3-year Vajrayana retreat. A leading
spokesperson for the emerging Western Buddhism, he is a lineage holder and founder
of the Dzogchen Foundation. A poet, translator, storyteller, activist, and full-time
spiritual teacher, he lectures and leads meditation retreats worldwide. He is
the author of several widely read and cherished Tibetan Buddhist books, including
the Buddha Within, Awakening
the Buddhist Heart, Awakening
to the Sacred and Snow
Lion's Turquoise Mane.
Kyabje Gelek Rinpoche is an incarnate Lama in the Ganden Kargyu
(Gelukpa) tradition, is a Geshe Lharampa, is the Ngari Khentrul tulku of
Drepung Loseling monastery (Ngari Khantsen), speaks great English, and is
now an American citizen and spiritual director of Jewel Heart, an
international Tibetan Buddhist organization with headquarters in Ann
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpochewas born in Tibet and is a fully accomplished
meditation master and teacher of Buddhism. Resident in England since 1977, he
has founded many Buddhist centers throughout the world. He is the author of
a number of highly acclaimed books published by Tharpa Publications, including
Bodhisattva Vow, Clear
Light of Bliss, Essence
of Vajrayana, Guide
to Dakini Land, Introduction
to Buddhism, Joyful
Path of Good Fortune, A Meditation
Grounds and Paths.
Geshe Lobsang Jamyang, Khenrinpoche is abbot at Sera monastery
for three months of every year, and spends the rest of his time at Manjushri
Tibetan Buddhist Centre in Toronto, Canada. He has completed his "Ph.D." in
Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, called a Geshe Lha Ram Pa degree. Khenrinpoche
is known foremost for his kindness, compassion and commitment to teaching students
Tibetan Buddhism. He will shortly be joined at the centre in Toronto by another
Geshe, and will also be sending a Geshe to Montreal.
Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo
is the spiritual director and resident Lama of Kunzang Palyul Ch”ling (KPC), a
center for the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism in the Nyingma tradition,
in Poolesville MD (near Washington DC). KPC is the seat of the Palyul lineage
in the Western world. Jetsunma is the first Western woman to be recognized as
a reincarnate Tibetan Lama. [Source: Richard A. Creighton]
Lama Yeshe Losal, as well as being the Abbot of Samye Ling, is the Executive Director of The
Holy Island Project. Since arriving in the West, his broad experience of life
as a lay person, in both the U.K. and the U.S.A., has given him great understanding
of Western people and culture. After taking ordination he spent 12 years in solitary
retreat and is widely renowned as a meditation master whose clarity of mind and
good humour are an inspiration to Samye Ling visitors, lay community, retreatants
and the growing number of monks and nuns under his wing. His direct, down to earth
approach is invaluable in making Tibetan Buddhism accessible to the western mind.
Rigdzin Shikpo (formerly Michael Hookham) has spent forty years studying
and practising Buddhism. He is now a Lama of the Kagyu-Nyingma tradition, authorised
to teach directly in response to the needs of his western students. In 1993 he
completed a three year retreat under the direction of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso
Rinpoche, an eminent yogin and scholar who gave him his name. Rigdzin Shikpo's
main teacher is the late Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche whom he met in 1965. Chogyam
Trungpa Rinpoche founded the Longchen Foundation in 1975 in consultation with
H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. They entrusted it to Rigdzin Shikpo to realize the
Ven. Geshe Tsulga (Tsultrim Ch=F6epal) was born in Tibet
in 1939. A novice monk by the age of 7, he joined the Je college of Lhasa's Sera
Monastery to begin his geshe studies at 17. In 1959 he fled Tibet after the Tibetan
uprising against Chinese occupation. After a decade in the refugee camp of Buxaduar
in West Bengal, he went to Bylakuppe in south India to help build Sera monastery
in exile. In 1988, he graduated geshe lharampa with highest honors at the top
of his class. He studied for a year at Gyume Tantric College, then returned to
teach at Sera. Invited to America by the Foundation for the Preservation of the
Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), he arrived in December 1992. Since then he has been
dividing his teaching time between three of the FPMT's east coast centers: the
Kadampa Center near Raleigh NC, the Milarepa Center in Barnet VT, and Kurukulla
Center in Boston MA. Those who know Geshe-la will attest to his great kindness,
humility, and extensive knowledge of Buddhist philosophy. [Source: Suzanne Persyn,
Ven. Lama Ngawang Tsultrim Zangpo is a Nyingmapa Dzogchen lama, born in
Nepal and educated at Tholaka Tharling Dzogchen Monastery in the Mt. Everest region
of Nepal. He joined the monastery at age 5 and completed his training under the
guidance of Venerable Kushok Mangden Rinpoche of Charrok in Solu Khumbu Nepal.
He holds the combined lineages of Rigdzin Jyatson Nyingpo, Rigdzin Godem, and
Rigdzin Terdak Lingpa. Lama Tsultrim has been teaching western students and building
stupas in Europe and the Untied States since 1981. He is the founder and resident
lama of Dhongak Tharling Dharma Center in New Orleans. [Source: Ingmar K Mounce,
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