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Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoché

Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoché est le détenteur de la plus ancienne lignée de la tradition Yungdrung Bon. Il est le maître le plus précieux de tous les enseignants répertoriés sur ce site web, ainsi que le fondateur de Shenten Dargye Ling, le président honoraire de sa congrégation, et surtout, le maître le plus aimé et le plus vénéré de tous les étudiants Bon occidentaux qui sont liés à Shenten. De 2005 jusqu'à récemment, Yongdzin Rinpoché passait une partie de l'année à Shenten où il dispensait des enseignements chaque été. Aujourd'hui, son âge avancé ne lui permet plus de se rendre en Europe, et nombre de ses étudiants lui rendent visite au monastère de Triten Norbutse qu'il a fondé à Katmandou. 

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Kenchen Tenpa Yungdrung Rinpoche

Khenchen Tenpa Yungdrung Rinpoche is the Abbot of the Triten Norbutse Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal, with which Shenten Dargye Ling is affiliated. Khenpo Rinpoche is one of the most prominent living lamas in the Yungdrung Bon tradition and the co-founder, together with his master, Yongdzin Rinpoche, of Shenten Dargye Ling. He is well known to western students as a charismatic, highly knowledgeable teacher, loved by many for his clarity and wit. Since 2005, Khenpo Rinpoche has spent part of every year at Shenten Dargye Ling, where he currently leads the traditional summer retreat. From Shenten, he travels to give teachings in different countries.

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Ponlob Tsangpa Tenzin Rinpoché

Ponlop Tsangpa Tenzin Rinpoche is the head teacher (Ponlop) of the Triten Norbutse Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal, founded by his master, Yongdzin Rinpoche. There, day by day, Ponlop Rinpoche truly embodies Yongdzin Rinpoche’s spirit and values, dedicating himself fully to the education of “his monks,” as he calls the students of the Yungdrung Bon Academy at the monastery. His first visit to Shenten Dargye Ling (and the West) took place in 2014. Since then, he has returned every year. Almost immediately, Ponlop Rinpoche earned the deep affection and respect of the western Bon students, who praise him for his pure, humble conduct and his extraordinary teaching skills.

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Drubdra Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoché

Drubdra Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin Rinpoche is in charge of the meditation school at Triten Norbutse Monastery where he imparts Dzogchen teachings in a very experiential way. Drubdra Khenpo Rinpoche has been coming to the West since 2012, usually in the winter, and leads a retreat at the end of the year at Shenten. In recent years, he has been introducing western students to the practice of the inner heat (Tummo) as a supportive method in Dzogchen. Westerners like to be in his presence, enjoy his spontaneous, charming laughter, and the carefree conduct of a yogi.

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Khenpo Gelek Jinpa Rinpoché

Khenpo Gelek Jinpa Rinpoche has been closely connected with Shenten Dargye Ling since it was founded. Currently, he serves as the President of the Congregation Shenten Dargye Ling. Khenpo Gelek leads the “Gomdra,” which is an in-depth, four-year meditation program at Shenten, held from September to November. Khenpo Gelek also teaches a “Shedra,” which is an interactive course in Bon core doctrinal texts. In addition, he offers teachings on various subjects, organized both by Shenten and sanghas in countries such as Italy, Germany, Finland, Hungary and Mexico. During the year of the pandemic, his daily teachings and practice sessions online were very popular among the western students.

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Geshe Samten Tsukphud

Geshe Samten Tsukphud has been one of the resident lamas at Shenten since the beginning. Currently, he also serves as the Secretary of the Congregation of Shenten Dargye Ling. At Triten Norbutse, his home monastery in Kathmandu, he is responsible for the library and has edited many doctrinal texts. He was involved in editing the most recent version of Bonpo Kangyur, an official collection of Yungdrung Bon tradition’s canonical texts. Geshe la presents his papers in scientific conferences dedicated to Yungdrung Bon and is also the editor of the monastery´s magazine, Melong Yeshe. ForSince many years, he has been Yongdzin Rinpoche’s personal assistant and is loved by many western students, both for his intelligence and for his subtle, fresh sense of humour.

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Lama Sangye Monlam

Lama Sangye Monlam was a resident lama at Shenten before moving to Austria to become the head lama of the Austrian Bon centere, Yeshe Sal Ling. Western students like to gather around him and enjoy his compassionate presence, simple manner, and yogic style of behaviour. Lama Sangye is a specialist in the tantric teachings, rituals, and ceremonies of Ma Gyud, the Mother Tantra. In 2020 he started a cycle of the teachings dedicated to the Mother Tantra for Shenten.

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Geshe Shedrub Gyamtso

Geshe Shedrub Gyatso, also known as Geshe Kalsang, was asked by Yongdzin Rinpoche to become a resident lama at Shenten in 2017, when Lama Sangye Monlam left Shenten to become the head of the Yungdrung Bon centere, Yeshe Sal Ling, in Austria, and Shenten needed a reliable, experienced monk to replace him. Geshe Kalsang had been the General Manager and also a geghko (a disciplinarian) of Triten Norbutse Monastery and was known for selflessly attending to the wellbeing of the monastic community there. At Shenten now, Geshe Kalsang serves as the Treasurer of the Congregation of Shenten Dargye Ling and fulfills all his duties with patience and humility. People know him as an astute observer and playful companion.

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Ashag Geshe Lungrig Namdag

Ashag Geshe Lungrig Namdag is a resident lama who serves as a guest-master of the Congregation of Shenten Dargye Ling. He is also active in the regular meditation teaching on Saturdays which Shenten offers to inhabitants of neighbouring towns and villages. Geshe la, who lived in the United Kingdom before coming to Shenten, also teaches Tibetan yoga (Trul Khor) at Shenten Dargye Ling, and he travels to give teachings.

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Khenpo Nyima Rinpoche

Khenpo Nyima Wangyal is the former abbot of Triten Norbutse Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal. In 1995, Khenpo Nyima Wangyal decided to leave the monastery and its monastic rules to live as a Tibetan yogi in different countries, situations, and circumstances. He felt that this would be a good way to develop his practice of Dzogchen. Later, he settled in Paris where he now lives withlives here with his wife and children. He imparts Dzogchen teachings to the Parisian Bonpo community at his Dzochen Naldjor Ling, and occasionally, he also teaches at Shenten Dargye Ling.

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Largen Lama

Largen Lama is Yongdzin Rinpoche’s attendant, and in this role, has spent a lot of time at Shenten. He learned French very quickly and became friends with many western students who lived nearby or who came to Shenten for retreats. Now, he resides back at Triten Norbutse where he devotedly cares for his master, but he likes to visit Shenten when he can. He keeps connections with people in Europe, Mexico, the U.S., and other countries, using socialusing the social media and sharing wonderful photos of everyday life with his beloved master, Yongdzin Rinpoche.

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Amchi Nyima

Amchi Nyima comes from a family of Traditional Tibetan Medicine doctors. He himself graduated from a medical school and became a sought-after healer. Amchi´s family lives in the mountains in Nepal while he spends a part of the year in Káthmandu to practices medicine. He comes to Shenten Dargye Ling in the summer where he offers practical teachings about Tibetan massage and traditional healing.