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Ven. Lama Tenzin Jottotshang

Photo The Ven. Lama Tenzin Jottotshang, Gelug, was born in Lhasa in 1942. During his years of schooling he was educated in Tibetan script and calligraphy. Afterwards he joined Sera Monastery and studied Buddhist philosophy. In 1959 he left Tibet and went into exile in Buxar/North India, where he continued his studies and taught Tibetan script and grammar to the monks. Together with three other monks and upon the wish of the Dalai Lama, he accompanied the first Abbot of the monastic Tibet Institute, Geshe Ugyen Tseten to Switzerland in 1967. He acts as representative of the monastic community in the Tibetan community of Switzerland since its foundation in 1973. From 1980 to 1982 he was director of the Tibet Office in Switzerland and in 1990 he was part of the election commission for Tibetan Members of Parliament in Europe. Since 2001 he represents the monastic community in the foundation committee. For 37 years he taught Tibetan language, script, religion and history in the Tibetan school in Rikon. He is author of the modern German-Tibetan textbook, which appeared in its 3rd edition in 2003 and is very popular. Up until today he continues teaching Buddhism and Tibetan language to Tibetan and Western students.

Ven. Lama Gendün Gyatso

Photo The Ven. Lama Gendün Gyatso, Sakya, was born in Markham/East Tibet. As a child he learnt to read and write with a Lama living in retreat. At the age of eleven he joined Dechen Tenphel Ling Monastery where he learnt Buddhist scriptures by heart and received an education in rituals and Buddhist chants. Five years later he was sent to the main Sakya Monastery. Under the guidance of the Abbot of Sakya he studied the dialectic scriptures Rigter, Prajna Paramita, Domsum and the writings of Sakya Pandita until he had to flee from Tibet to India after the invasion of the Chinese in 1959. He continued his studies with a thousand other monks of all four traditions in Buxor/North India. In 1969 he went to the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Varanasi, where he received the degree of Acharya (spiritual master) with distinction. He then joined the Sakya Centre in Rajpur as a teacher. Upon the wish of H.H. Sakya Trizin he went to Switzerland in 1979 and became member of the monks’ community of the monastic Tibet Institute, where he continues living today, giving teachings to Tibetans and interested western people.

Ven. Acharya Pema Wangyal

Photo The Ven. Acharya Pema Wangyal, Kagyu, was born in Orissa in 1976 and went to the Tibetan school in Mussoorie. In 1987 he became monk in Thubtan Sangag Choeling Monastery in Darjeeling, an education centre of the Drukpa Kagyu tradition, and there studied the basics of Buddhist philosophy. The famous Yogi Sherab introduced him to the teachings of Ngondro, which he then practiced in retreat. He received the full teachings and initiations of the line of H.H. Gyalwa Drukchen, as well as of his master Singdrak Rinpoche and was educated in Buddhist rituals, Buddhist chants and the making of mandalas. In addition, he attended classes in natural sciences, English and Hindi. From 1999 until his departure for Switzerland in September 2006 he studied the Indian and Tibetan classics of Buddhist philosophy, Sankrit and English at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Varanasi. He conducted the rituals for the Kagyud Relief Fund as chant leader. Since 2001 he is involved with the Indo-Tibetan Friendship Movement and does voluntary social work. At the Tibet Institute Rikon he is the representative of the Kagyu tradition.

Ven. Lopoen Khenrab Woser

Photo Year of birth: 1976
Place of birth: Sakya, Tibet
Tibetan tradition: Sakya
Monastery in India: Sakya Centre, Dehradun
Monastic degree: Lopoen
Admission to Rikon Monastery: 2015





Ven. Lopoen Kunchok Dhargyal

Photo Year of birth: 1980
Place of birth: Drango, Tibet
Tibetan tradition: Nyingma
Monastery in India: Namdroling Monastery, Bylakuppe
Monastic degree: Lopoen
Admission to Rikon Monastery: 2016





Ven. Geshe Lobsang Phuntsok

Photo Year of birth: 1981
Place of birth: Tibet
Tibetan tradition: Gelug
Monastery in India: Gaden Shartse Monastery, Mundgod
Monastic degree: Geshe Lharampa
Admission to Rikon Monastery: 2019





Ven. Geshe Samdup Tsering

Photo Year of birth: 1976
Place of birth: Bylakuppe, India
Tibetan tradition: Gelug
Monastery in India: Sera Mey Monastery, Bylakuppe
Monastic degree: Geshe
Admission to Rikon Monastery: 2019