Teachers

Khenchen Tsultrm Gyamtso Rinpoche

Khenchen Tsultrim Gyamtso RinpocheKhenchen Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche is Nalandabodhi’s spiritual adviser. He is renowned for embodying the arduous training and joyful temperament of a true yogi, which he often displays through the spontaneous composition of songs of realization, or dohas. Also an impeccable scholar, Khenpo Rinpoche established Marpa Institute to translate Tibetan texts into English and a variety of other languages.

Khenpo Rinpoche spent many years as a yogi ascetic before leaving Tibet. While at a Tibetan refugee camp in India, he became celebrated for his skill in logic and debate and received a Khenpo degree from His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa and the equivalent Geshe Lharampa degree from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

At the request of HH the 16th Karmapa, he has trained many of the younger generation of Kagyu teachers. He teaches extensively in the West and tours the globe, lighting the spark of realization in his students through prose and song.

Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche has authored many commentaries and overseen many translations of the classic texts of Tibetan Buddhism. His publications include Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness, Distinguishing Phenomena and Pure Being, The Sun of Wisdom: Teachings on the Noble Nagarjuna’s Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way, and The Moon of Wisdom: Chapter Six of Chandrakirti’s Entering the Middle Way.

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The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Dzogchen Ponlop RinpocheThe Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is Nalandabodhi’s spiritual leader and president. A leading scholar in the Kagyu and Nyingma schools of Tibetan Buddhism, Rinpoche is also an accomplished meditation master, calligrapher, visual artist, and poet. He travels and teaches widely and is well-versed in Western culture and technology. He is known for his warmth, humour, and lucid presentation of Buddhist teachings in a manner relevant to contemporary life.

Born in Sikkim, India, Rinpoche was recognized by His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama as the seventh in the line of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoches. In 1979, HH the 16th Karmapa formally empowered Ponlop Rinpoche as one of the lineage holders of the Karma Kagyu school and proclaimed him his heart son.

Rinpoche founded and directs a number of institutions. In 1994, he established Nitartha international, a nonprofit education corporation, to assist in the integration of computer technology with traditional Tibetan scholarship. In 1995, he established Nitartha Institute, a systematic course of Buddhist studies for Western students. Rinpoche has been a visiting professor at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, since 1996. Nalanda West, in Seattle, Washington, is the primary seat of The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche’s educational and spiritual activities. His publications include Wild Awakening: The Heart of Mahamudra and Dzogchen, Penetrating Wisdom: The Aspiration of Samantabhadra, and most recently, Mind Beyond Death.

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Lama Rabten Tshering

Lama RabtenLama Rabten Tshering is Nalandabodhi Canada’s resident teacher. Lama Rabten trained at Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, India, the principal seat of HH Karmapa, where at the age of 16, he became a monk. In 1992 he was appointed senior Disciplinary Master of the monastery and served in this capacity for five years. Lama Rabten completed a three-year retreat at Phullahari Retreat Centre in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Lama Rabten moved to Canada in 2002. He teaches regularly at Maitrivana, Nalandabodhi Canada’s headquarters in Vancouver, and travels to Toronto, Montreal and Halifax to teach and guide students in their practice. Lama Rabten is a first class calligrapher and offers both Tibetan calligraphy and language instruction. Fluent in several languages, including Tibetan, Mandarin, Nepalese and Hindi, Lama Rabten continues to improve his English with formal and informal studies.

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