Following the Chinese invasion and after two years of forced labor , he went into exile in India where he obtained the highest diploma in monastic studies, that of geshe Lharampa.
He was the official representative of His Holiness the Dalaï Lama in Thailand for seven years.
At the request of Lama Yeshe, Geshe Lobsang Tengye accepted to come and teach at Vajra Yogini Institute in 1980.
He was our resident teacher until 2003. He still lives at the Institute since his « retirement » and has accepted to teach at least one weekend a year. 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. Marcel Jolinon has studied the Dharma since 1984. A retired carpenter and teacher, he successfully completed the Péba cycle of programmes at the Institute. Il teaches Initiation au bouddhisme and Initiation à la méditation.
Geshe Tenzin Loden, the new resident teacher at the Institute, was born in Bylakuppe, in southern India in 1961. He entered Sera Je Monastery at the age of nine and continued his studies until he obtained the title of Geshe in 1994. He then spent six years in strict retreat.
From 2003 to 2006, he occupied the post of chant master (omze), still in Sera Je, which he left at the end of 2007, at the request of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, to succeed Geshe Tenzin Dorje.
He has studied with many teachers, mainly in the Gelug tradition and has taught for a number of years.
She has been resident since 2004 and was ordained nun in 2006. She teaches the program « Introduction to meditation ».