Khenpo Geshe Rinchen Tenzin Rinpoche

The Venerable Khenpo Geshe Rinchen Tenzin Rinpoche was born in Pula village, Nagchu Drachen province, Kham region of Eastern Tibet.

He comes from Kyungpo yogi family where inner and secret Tantra initiations, transmissions called “lung”, Commentaries and secret instructions as well as first-hand Martri teachings of Great Perfection have been passed down through generations. His family has been preserving the ancient lineage of initiations and “lung” transmissions; they have been passing on the Nine Yidam Deities “Bka’chen sde dgu” tradition. This family keeps the practice of mantra recital retreats and Yidam retreats and preserve the Tantra and Dzogchen lineages.

Rinchen Tenzin was born on the 15th day of 11th Tibetan month in 1969. His father’s name was Kyungpo Khakyaba and his mother’s name was Rakza Vipal. He was their first son and was assumed to be the keeper of the lineage. They named him Tsewang Thogme, which means “Lord of Life Whose Path Is Unobstructed”.

Rinchen Tenzin’s native region of Kham is one of the few places in Tibet where traditions of Tibetan teachings were preserved despite the China’s aggression. His early years passed in conflict-stricken Tibet where China attempted to destroy Tibet’s spiritual and cultural heritage. Monks as well as laymen observing spiritual practices seeked refuge in the mountains, trying to escape from “the cultural revolution”. They have not only preserved the lineage of transmission but also progressed in their practice due to being isolated, even though this hermitage was involuntary.

In his early years his main teachers were his grandfather yogi Sonam Tenzin and his uncle, yogi and famous doctor Yundrung Donsela. Their house was always full of people who came to seek help and healing of their physical and mental diseases. Throughout all his early years young Rinchen Tenzin was absorbing the practical knowledge of the Tibetan medicine.

At the age of 7 Rinchen Tenzin started learning reading, writing and memorizing traditional Bon prayers for daily recitation. At the age of 9 he received the transmission of Commentaries and secret instructions as explained by the Enlightened Teacher Victorious Shenrab Miwo.

Early life of the future Teacher was dedicated to studying the Bon religion and Tibetan Medicine. His youth passed in daily prayers and assistance during treatment sessions. At the age of 17 Tsewang Thogme became a famous doctor to whom patients from all nearby villages were coming for help.

At the age of 18 Tsewang Thogme felt a yearning for monastic life. Having renounced samsara in the same year, he took the Getsul monastic vows and assumed the name Rinchen Tenzin. After a year he became a monk of Pula Yungdrung Tenphel Ling monastery. In addition to the routine monastic practices, he was the master chanter during major ceremonies.

At the age of 24 he joined the Pal Shenten Menri Shedrub Dude, the major monastery of Bon tradition and leading monastic center in India, and continued his study of Buddhism, Philosophy, Logic, Astrology and Tibetan Medicine. At the age of 31 Rinchen Tenzin took 250 vows of Gelong having become fully ordained monk. From the age of 32 onwards he was giving Sutra teachings. At the age of 39 he was given the title of Geshe and started teaching Tantra and Dzogchen.

From 2008 till 2012 Khenpo Geshe Rinchen Tenzin Rinpoche was teaching in Menri monastery, explaining scriptures on philosophy, medicine, astrology, grammar etc. He also taught monks practices and rituals.

Over the last few years the Venerable Khenpo Geshe Rinchen Tenzin Rinpoche has been living in Russia. In October, 2012 with the sponsors’ support he founded the Shangpo Sorig Dephen Lobling School of Medicine where he teaches in accordance with two major treatises: Bumzhi and Gyudzhi. Five days a week Geshe gives lectures. Every Sunday he performs nine preliminary Ngondro practices with Bon disciples; every day he performs the practices of Great Perfection (Dzogchen).

In 2014 he founded Tantra and Dzogchen school “Pure Lands” where he teaches in accordance with his three-year program “Tantra and Dzogchen Basics”. In 2015 he laid the foundation stone of Sanngag Yungdrung Dudul Ling monastery in the Leningrad Region of Russia.

On February 22, 2016, on the 15th day of the Tibetan lunar calendar, Geshe Rinchen Tenzin Rinpoche was appointed the Khenpo and officially inaugurated as Lama Tripa (“Teacher Holding the Throne”) by Menri Trizin Rinpoche, the 33rd abbot, and by Menri Ponlop Rinpoche.

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Geshe Sherab Phuntsog Wangyal

Geshe Sherab Phuntsog Wangyal was born in 1978 in Upper Kham, formerly part of Zhangzhung kingdom. He cared for his parents and helped them till he turned 20. Then, in 1997, as a fruit of his past karma and good deeds performed in his present lifetime, he felt an urge to renounce the samsara – vast ocean of suffering, his world-view changed and he took pure monastic vows in the proper way from Lama Meu Tenzin Tsukphu.

In 2001 he arrived at Menri monastery, India, and took new monastic vows of internal and external rules from Menri Trizin Rinpoche, 33rd patriarch of the Bon tradition and from the Saint incarnated in the human form Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, from Ponlop Trinley Nyima Rinpoche, in accordance with the rules of the monastery and in the auspicious time.

In the same year he started his study in Shedrub Dude, school of philosophy and practice of Yungdrung Bon. During the first year he studied Tsema logic, then Drubtha, philosophies of different schools, then Salam, paths and levels and other subjects. In this way he diligently studied traditions of Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen of Bon and other Buddhist traditions, as well as all main humanitarian subjects. He was winning the first, second and third places at annual exams where over 100 monks were taking part.

At the age of 38, in the first month of Tibetan year of the Fire Monkey (February 2016) he was appointed Geshe Rabjampa of Pal Shenten Menriling monastery.

Dzogchen shouldn't be regarded as a religion, and it doesn't ask anyone to believe in anything. On the contrary, it suggests that the individual observe him or herself and discover for themselves what their actual state is. – Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche