Visiting teachers

Jangtse Choje Lobsang Tenzin Rinpoche


Born in Tibet in 1934, Rinpoche was ordained as a monk at the age of seven and entered Sera Je monastery ten years later. He obtained his diploma of Geshe Lharampa in 1979 and entered Gyume Tantric College.


In 1981, he became Master of Discipline and then Abbot in 1985. He currently teaches in India and the West.


His last visit to the Institute was in October 2009.
Yangsi Rinpoche was born in Kathmandou in Nepal in 1968, and was recognized at the age of six as the la reincarnation of Geshe Ngawang Gendun, one of Lama Yeshe's teachers.


He studied at Kopan monastery then at Sera Je monastery in India. He obtained the title of Geshe Lharampa in 1995.


He is currently the director of Maitripa College,a teacher training programme that he created in Portland, USA.


He has accepted to come each year and teach within the framework of the Institute's summer university.


  • Videos of the teachings given by Yangsi Rinpoche, at the Institute, in 2013

  • Kensur Jado Tulku Rinpoche


    Rinpoche was born in 1954 north of Lhassa in Tibet. He took his novice vows with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1964 and received full ordination in 1973 from Ling Rinpoché. From 1972 to 1990, Rinpoche studied at Sera Je monastery and obtained the title of lharampa geshe in 1991. From 1992 to 1996, Rinpoche taught at Namgyal monastery in Dharamsala, then he became the monastery abbot from 1997 to 2004.


    Jado Rinpoche il one of the most respected lamas in the Gelug tradition. Besides his excellent monastic education, Rinpoche has received numerous oral transmissions and initiations from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, his two tutors as well as great teachers from other traditions, such as Trulshig Rinpoche.


    Renowned for his sharp intellegence and dynamic way of teaching, Rinpoché is equally appreciated for his kindness and gentleness.

    Ven. Chantal Tenzin Dekyi took the nun's ordination with His Holiness the Dalaï Lama in 1986.


    She studied buddhist philosophy at Nalanda monastery, with Kensur Jampa Tegchok, and since 1994 has traveled to and taught in many countries, in the Unites States, South Africa, India, and Mongolia. She lives at the Institute again, this time since September 2009.

    Venerable Robina is one of the most dynamic of western teachers. Ani Robina has been a nun for more than twenty-five years and has directed the magazine Mandala and now teaches and travels to promote the Liberation Prison Project.


    This association, of which she is the director, brings spiritual support to more than 400 prisoners in 150 different prisons in the USA and other countries.