• Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

    Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche was born in 1951 as the eldest son of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. He has served as the abbot of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery since its inauguration in 1976. Overseeing both the monastery and its affiliate institutions, Rinpoche is responsible for the personal welfare and spiritual education of nearly 500 monks and nuns. Rinpoche is a renowned meditation master and teacher. For over 35 years he has taught audiences in Nepal and around the world. He is the founder and head of a global network of Buddhist centers dedicated to study, practice, and social work.

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  • Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche

    Born in 1953, Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche is the 4th reincarnation of the renowned 19th-century Nyingma master, Terchen Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa. For the past 40 years, Rinpoche has resided at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery, where he serves as the Vajra Master. He is a terton, or revealer of Padmasambhava’s hidden treasures, as well as a lay practitioner with a wife and four children. His elder son, Phakchok Rinpoche, is an incarnate high Lama, who directs monasteries and Dharma centres of his own both globally and in Nepal. Chokling Rinpoche’s younger son, Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche, is the reincarnation of Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

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  • Phakchok Rinpoche

    Born in 1981, Phakchok Rinpoche is the grandson of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and the oldest son of Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche. As a small boy, he was recognized as a highly realized tulku of the Taklung Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. In 2004, Phakchok Rinpoche completed many years of advanced Buddhist studies and received his khenpo degree from the Dzongsar Shedra in India. Thereafter, whenever his busy schedule allowed, Phakchok Rinpoche taught at Rangjung Yeshe Institute’s international shedra. He now has monasteries and Dharma centres both globally and in Nepal. Rinpoche travels the world to give Buddhist teachings, grant initiations, and oversee his Dharma-related projects.

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  • Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche

    Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche is a world renowned Buddhist teacher. He has been good friends with Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche since his childhood and invited Rinpoche to help with translations for the 84000 project. Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche gave a talk at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in 2013, which you can find in the talks category: Buddhist Classics & Philosophy.

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  • Lama Tenzin Sangpo

    Lama Tenzin Sangpo received ordination and a traditional monastic education at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s monastery, in Boudhanath, Nepal at an early age. He successfully completed a traditional three-year retreat and served for many years as the recitation master of the monastery’s extensive Buddhist ritual practices. He is one of the most knowledgeable and respected lamas at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling.

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  • Lama Tsultrim Sangpo

    Lama Tsultrim Sangpo is a senior monk at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling. He was born in Nubri close to the border to Tibet and come to the monastery when he was 12 years old, at which point he started his education there. At the age of 29 he started his traditional 3 years retreat at the Asura cave retreat center in Pharping, Nepal. Since completion of his retreat he stays at Ka-Nying Shedrub monastery, teaching and serving as the main singer for rituals.
    Lama Tsultrim Sangpo is also the resident teacher during Gomde California’s summer teaching season.

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  • Khenpo Jampa Donden

    Khenpo Jampa Donden was born in Lhoka, in Central Tibet. He was ordained as a monk at the age of 14 at the Sakya Monastery, Gongar Chöde. At 18-years-old he left Tibet and traveled to India in pursuit of further study. Khenpo Jampa enrolled at Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s monastic college in Bir, where he studied for 10 years, and was regarded by his fellow students as a bright mind and a kind spirit. After completing his studies, Khenpo Jampa taught at Dzongsar Shedra and was awarded his Khenpo degree.

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  • Tara’s Triple Excellence Team

    Tara’s Triple Excellence is a treasure text, or terma, that comes to us from the great Tibetan master Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa (1829-1870), who had received it directly from Arya Tara. Through a direct lineage of realized masters, this terma was transmitted to Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche. Now, Rinpoche and The Tara’s Triple Excellence Team have leveraged today’s communication technology to transmit these teachings to dedicated practitioners around the world in an accessible, contemporary format.

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  • Erik Pema Kunsang

    Erik Pema Kunsang is a dharma teacher and translator who has attended Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and his sons for more than 40 years. In 2010 Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche told Erik to pass on the dharma as a teacher. Erik guides through simple methods that allow natural love and insight.

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  • John D. Dunne

    John D. Dunne (PhD 1999, Harvard University) holds the Distinguished Chair in Contemplative Humanities, an endowed position created through the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He also holds a co-appointment in the new Department of Asian Languages & Cultures and serves as an academic adviser for the Rangjung Yeshe Institute.

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  • Thomas Doctor

    Dr. Thomas Doctor is an Associate Professor at Kathmandu University, Centre for Buddhist Studies at Rangjung Yeshe Institute. He has studied with authentic teachers in the Tibetan scholarly tradition at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery since he was a young man and is a genuine scholar-practitioner.

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  • Andreas Doctor

    Dr. Andreas Doctor lives in Denmark and is currently serving as editorial co-director at 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha. Previously, Andreas lived in Nepal where he studied under the guidance of the monks and lamas at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery. He received his PhD in Buddhist Studies from the University of Calgary in 2004.

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  • Heidi Koppl

    Mag. Heidi Koppl is a translator of Tibetan language and editor-in-chief of Tara’s Triple Excellence Online Meditation Program. She has studied with Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and authentic teachers in the Tibetan scholarly tradition at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery since a young age. Right now she resides at Gomde Pyrénées, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s international retreat center, working on online meditation programs, helping with the three-year retreat project and doing a few retreats here and there.

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