Teachers

Khenpo Sherab Dorje

Khenpo Sherab Dorje was born in Kyirong, Tibet, and was ordained at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling  as a young boy.  He later moved to Namdroling Monastery in Mysore, India, where he completed his studies in the monastic college.  He taught for several years at Shugseb Nunnery in India, after which he was awarded his Khenpo degree… more »

Lama Tenzin Sangpo

A revered senior lama and chant master at Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche’s monastery in Nepal, Tenzin Sangpo received a rigorous monastic education and completed a traditional three-year retreat under Rinpoche’s guidance.  Lama Tenzin is a key architect of the Tara’s Triple Excellence Online Meditation Program and travels throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas teaching the programs… more »

Lama Bruce Newman

Lama Bruce Newman has studied and practiced Tibetan Buddhism for 44 years, and has been teaching for 24 years, primarily in the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions. He spent eleven years in India and Nepal studying under his primary teacher, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche. Lama Newman also completed a four-year retreat at Kagyu Samye Ling in Scotland…. more »

Upcoming Programs: Medicine Buddha: Door to Boundless Healing,

Professor Steve Jenkins

Professor Steve Jenkins is a lifetime Buddhist practitioner, drawn into academia in pursuit of understanding compassion more deeply.  He received his doctorate from Harvard in 1999 and is Professor of Religion at Humboldt State University.  Much of his career has been in Asia, teaching and studying in India, Tibet, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Japan.  His… more »

Lama Kunzang Drolma and Ani Marcia Hansen

Lama Kunzang received her monastic vows from Tai Situ Rinpoche in 1998, and in 2009 completed a traditional three-year retreat in the Shangpa Kagyü tradition under the guidance of Lama Lodru Rinpoche.  Now a resident teacher at Gomde CA, Lama Kunzang is also a well-known meditation instructor in the Eureka/Arcata area.  She recently retired from a… more »

The Dharmachakra Translation Center

The Dharmachakra Translation Center was founded in 2011 with the mission of establishing the translation of Buddhist texts as a core activity at Rangjung Yeshe Gomde California.  Inspired by the great importance Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche has placed on translation, the Center is dedicated to translating the words of the Buddha and Buddhist masters, training future… more »

Tsangsar Tulku Rinpoche

Tsangsar Tulku was born in 1973 and at age 13 entered into retreat at the monastery of his eminence Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. After finishing his 3 year retreat, he took the responsibility of “Retreat Master” at the seat of this father and ancestors, at Tsangsar Lha Lam Osel Ling. At the age of 17, Tsangsar… more »

Buddhist Studies Lecture Series

This program is part of the Buddhist Studies Lecture Series, a series of events and programs that brings together the traditional study of Buddhist texts with academic explorations of Buddhist history and philosophy.  The series is founded on the belief that diverse perspectives on all aspects of the Buddhist tradition leads to a more comprehensive… more »

Upcoming Programs: Buddhist Studies Summer Program 2019,

Tara’s Triple Excellence

The Triple Excellence Online Meditation Program is based on wisdom teachings imparted to Chogyur Dechen Lingpa by Green Tara and passed down in an unbroken transmission of lineage masters to Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche.  This structured, step-by-step program is supported by daily instructions and guided meditations that provide the tools to transform stress, fear, anger and… more »

Ryan Damron

A student of Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche’s for over 15 years, Ryan is a member of Rinpoche’s Dharmachakra Translation Committee and Co-director of Gomde California’s Dharmachakra Translation Center.  He first traveled to South Asia in 1998 and remained for nearly a decade, studying classic Buddhist texts and teaching Tibetan at the Rangjung Yeshe Institute at Rinpoche’s… more »

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

Born in the Northern Indian province of Himachal Pradesh to Tibetan parents, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche grew up in a monastic environment. Recognized as an incarnation of Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, he received the teachings of the Nyingma lineage, especially that of the Longchen Nyingtik, from his root teacher, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Rinpoche also studied extensively… more »

Upcoming Programs: Annual Teachings with Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche: “Lamrim Yeshe Nyingpo”,

Lama John Makransky

John Makransky, PhD, is a Professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College, senior advisor for Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s Centre of Buddhist Studies in Nepal, former president of the Society of Buddhist-Christian studies, and co-founder of the Foundation for Active Compassion and Courage of Care Coalition. In 2000, John was ordained as a Lama, a meditation teacher… more »

Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

Meditation master and renowned teacher Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche has been teaching audiences around the world for the past 25 years. His teachings, full of humor, warmth and wit, offer a unique opportunity to connect with the Buddhist tradition in a fresh, vital way that is relevant to our lives today. The eldest son of Tulku… more »

Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche

Kyabje Tsikey Chokling Mingyur Dewey Dorje, born in 1953 as the second son of Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche was recognized and enthroned as the 4 th authentic incarnation of the great 19 th century treasure revealer, Terchen Chokgyur Dechen Shikpo Lingpa by His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa, Rangjung Khyapdak Rigpe Dorje. H. E. Tsikey… more »

Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Born in 1966 in Kathmandu into the family of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Drubwang Tsoknyi Rinpoche was recognized by the 16th Karmapa as the third incarnation of an important lama of the Drukpa Kagyü and Nyingma lineages. He is the lineage holder of the Ratna Lingpa and Tsoknyi lineages. Tsoknyi Rinpoche has a Western seat, Yeshe… more »

Mingyur Rinpoche

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche possesses a rare ability to present the ancient wisdom of Tibet in a fresh, engaging manner. His profound yet accessible teachings and playful sense of humor have endeared him to students around the world. Most uniquely, Rinpoche’s teachings weave together his own personal experiences with modern scientific research, relating both to the… more »

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche was born in Bhutan in 1961, and was recognized as the main incarnation of the Khyentse lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He was recognized by Sakya Trizin as the reincarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro, an outstanding teacher who had passed away in 1959. The young tulku was educated primarily by another… more »

Phakchok Rinpoche

Born in 1981 to Chokling Rinpoche and his wife Dechen Paldron, Phakchok Rinpoche is the grandson of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and the eldest brother of Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche. He is the abbot of a monastery in Chapagaon in the southern Kathmandu Valley, as well as head of Riwoche Monastery in Tibet’s Dokham region. Recognized by… more »

Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche

Her Eminence Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche was born as the eldest daughter of Kyabje Mindrolling Trichen Gyurme Künzang Wangyal, the 11th Mindrolling throne holder of the renowned Mindrolling lineage. The Mindrolling lineage is one of the six main Nyingma Lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. Throughout its history, some of the greatest masters of their time have… more »

Paloma Landry

After a number of years studying in Nepal, including at the Rangjung Yeshe Institute, Paloma Landry has spent the last twelve years serving as the oral translator for Khentrul Lodro Thaye and other teachers in the Katok lineage of the Nyingma tradition.  She has had numerous opportunities to work with her teachers on the issue… more »

Catherine Dalton

After receiving a BA in Religion at Middlebury College, Catherine moved to Kathmandu, Nepal in 2001 to continue her studies of Tibetan Buddhism.  From 2003 to 2011 she worked as an oral interpreter and Tibetan language instructor at Kathmandu University’s Centre for Buddhist Studies and directed the Centre’s Translator Training program for several years.  Catherine… more »

Lama Tsultrim Sangpo

A senior monk and chant master at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery in Kathmandu, Lama completed a traditional three year retreat under the guidance of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.  He currently trains the younger monks at the monastery in the practice of the ritual arts.

John Makransky, PhD

John Makransky is a Professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College, senior advisor for Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s Centre of Buddhist Studies in Nepal, former president of the Society of Buddhist-Christian studies, and co-founder of the Foundation for Active Compassion and Courage of Care Coalition.  John is the developer of Sustainable Compassion Training (SCT), which is being applied to empower sustainable, inclusive compassion, beyond burnout, for people in… more »

Lama Kunzang Drolma

Lama Kunzang received her monastic vows from Tai Situ Rinpoche in 1998, and in 2009 completed a traditional three-year retreat in the Shangpa Kagyü tradition under the guidance of Lama Lodru Rinpoche.  She has received teachings from a number of eminent Lamas, including Tai Situ Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, Mingyur Rinpoche, and Khenchen… more »

Lama Gerry Prindiville

Lama Gerry completed a traditional three-year retreat in Nepal, under the guidance of Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, in 2007.  Since that time, Rinpoche has on numerous occasions requested Lama Gerry to give meditation instruction and practice advice to Rinpoche’s students.  When Lama Gerry moved to California from Nepal in 2011, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche asked him to… more »

Claude Hérail