Shenten Dargye Ling

Yungdrung Bön

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Visiting Teachers

H. H. 33rd Menri Trizin, Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche


33rd Abbot of Menri Monastery, H. H. Menri Trizin is the spiritual head of the Tibetan Bon religion. He was born in Tibet in 1929, in the village of Kyongtsang, in the far eastern province of Amdo near the Chinese border, and was given the name Lama by the local priest. His mother died when he was a child, and he was raised by A-Nyen Machen, an elderly friend of his family. When Lama was eight, his father Jalo Jongdong took him to the nearby monastery of Phuntsog Dargye Ling, where he learned to read, write, and chant and where he began his lifelong study of the Bon religion. Devoting himself to spiritual practice and scholarship, he completed his Geshe Degree in Philosophy at 25 under the guidance of Lopon Tenzin Lodro Gyatso. The following year he traveled South to the Bon province of Gyalrong, where he printed copies of the Bon Kanjur from traditional woodblocks.


Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin Rinpoche


Gomdra Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin Rinpoche is born in East Tibet (Kham), province of Hor. On request of his grandfather he become a monk at 13. At the age of 14 he has completed the traditional set of preliminary practices for esoteric Bon doctrines, better known as "Ngondro Bumgu" according to Drenpa Yabse cycle. (Drenpa Yabse was largely followed before the advent of Shadzapa's Kusum Rangshar) He stayed in Lungkar Gonpa and studied Bon philosophy and received transmission of Kalung Gamtso from Lama Lungkar Gelong.


Ponlob Tsangpa Tenzin Rinpoche

Ponlob Tsangpa Tenzin Rinpoche (born 1970) is the Head Teacher of Triten Norbutse monastery.

Ponlob Rinpoche started his studies under the guidance of Lama Sherab Gelek and Khenpo Öser Jinpa. From the first he learned ritual skills, liturgical chants and the use of sacred instruments. From the latter he received teaching, transmissions and initiations. For a period of three years his main focus was to purify his mind-stream and to accumulate merit through the practice of the preliminaries, and once he had completed these to focus on the main practice of dzogchen. Thereafter he studied sutra, tantra and dzogchen with Lungkar Ponlob Drangsong Tsultrim Namdak.

A pivotal moment in Ponlob Rinpoche’s spiritual life occurred in 1986 when he met Yongdzin Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, the foremost teacher in the Bon tradition, and an accomplished master of dzogchen. Ponlob Rinpoche had the great opportunity to receive ordination from Yongdzin Rinpoche who holds the unbroken lineage of monastic discipline. Since that time Ponlob Rinpoche has been unremitting in his quest to master the knowledge and practice of Yungdrung Bon.

In 1992 Ponlob Rinpoche came to India and Nepal. He entered Menri monastery and for nine years he continued to study sutra, tantra, dzogchen, and general Tibetan sciences, under the great blessings and guidance of H.H. Menri Tridzin Rinpoche, and H.E. Yongdzin Rinpoche, first in the Bon Dialectic School at Menri monastery and later at the Yungdrung Bon Academy of Higher Studies at Triten Norbutse monastery. Throughout these years of intensive study, Ponlob Rinpoche received the initiations, transmissions and instructions that are traditionally bestowed by the teacher to students with the aim of enhancing their understanding and experience of the teachings.

In 2001, upon successful completion of his studies, Ponlob Rinpoche was one of the first six geshes to graduate from Triten Norbutse monastery. Following his graduation, he continued to study, practice and teach at Triten Norbutse. In 2004, he was appointed and enthroned as the Head Teacher or Ponlob of Triten Norbutse monastery by and with the blessings of H.H. Menri Tridzin Rinpoche, H.E. Yongdzin Rinpoche, and Khenpo Tenpa Yungdrung Rinpoche. As the Head Teacher Ponlob Rinpoche has the responsibility to maintain the highest standards of monastic education and discipline which he does through his exemplary teaching, knowledge and inspiration. Since his assuming responsibility many geshes have studied and graduated under his guidance.

Since 2014 Ponlob Rinpoche is teachings in Europe. He is widely appreciated for his intelligence, dedication to meditation practice, and his ability to present any topic in a highly accessible way while relating it directly to our meditation practice.

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

Tenzin Rinpoche was born in Amritsar, India, not long after his parents escaped their Tibetan homeland in 1959 during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. At age 10 Tenzin Rinpoche was ordained as a monk at Menri Monastery near Dolanji, India. There he was recognized by head teacher Lopon Sangye Tenzin Rinpoche as a reincarnation of the famous master Khyung Tul Rinpoche, a renowned meditation master, teacher, scholar and healer who died in the mid-20th century.


Khenpo Tenzin Yeshe Rinpoche


Khenpo Tenzin Yeshe Rinpoche was born in Gatha, Kham, Khyungpo, in Eastern Tibet. Until the age of 18, he lived a traditional Tibetan nomadic lifestyle, keeping animals and helping his family with daily chores. At the age of eighteen, Rinpoche took monastic vows with lama Tenpa Gyaltsen Khyungnak and became a monk. He studied different aspects of the Bönpo spiritual tradition, such as the practices of the Nine Preliminaries, primordial vision, purification of the six realms, tsalung and dark retreat. He received oral instructions in the practices of Dzogchen “the Great Perfection” and Phowa (transference of consciousness) from Lungrig Namdak Rinpoche and from Thaye Rangdol Rinpoche .


Geshe Lungrigh

Geshe Lungrigh was born in 1974 in Kham Khyungpo in eastern Tibet. In his early childhood Geshe Lungrigh was invited to the Monastery by his older brother. His older brother became the 27th Master of Khenpo Rinpoche lineage in Yungdrung Tengye Ling Monastery. At the age of thirteen, Geshe Lungrigh entered the monastery and became a monk. He was learning Tibetan reading and writing and was practicing all the main prayers, rituals and ritual melodies with his root Master and his Teacher. Since 1990 Geshe Lungrigh has practiced a preliminary phowa practice for 100 days and Tummo practice for 100 days with a group of monks in the Monastery.


Geshe Kalsang Gyatso

Geshe Kalsang Gyatso was born in 1972 in Horpan village in Amdo Ngawa, eastern Tibet. He received primary education in his home area until the age of fourteen when he entered Nangzhig monastery in 1976. He received his monk vows from Gyaltsab Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and he studied philosophy with Geshe Yeshe and language with his uncle Tsering Trashi.


Amchi Nyima Samphel

Amchi Nyima Samphel whose lineage brings together both the medical and religious elements of Bön healing. He is a graduate from the traditional Tibetan medical school and belongs to the family lineage that heals the king of Mustang (kingdom located in the north of Nepal) for many generations.

Geshe Rinchen Tenzin


Geshe-la  is born in 1974 in Do Khams, Tibet. His family members are Ngakpas. Since  2008, he teaches Medicine and Philosophy in Menri monastery. In 2009, he took part to one important Traditional Medicine symposium in Bhutan. He's been teaching in Russia every year for seven years also.

Visiting Shenten Dargye Ling

Outside organized retreat times, members are welcome to stay at Shenten for short personal retreats (max 3 weeks), or to join volunteers helping in the upkeep of the centre (gardening, painting, DIY etc)

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