Visiting teachers

Chöden Rinpoche


Chöden Rinpoche was born in 1933 and recognized at the age of three as the reincarnation of the former Chöden Rinpoche and joined Sera Je monastery in Tibet to do his geshe studies.


After 1965, stayed in meditation in a house in Lhassa for nearly twenty years, 15 of those without speaking to anyone apart from the person who brought him his meals.


In 1985, having succeeded in getting his passport, he left for India, where His Holiness the Dalai Lama asked him to teach at Sera Je monastery in south India. At the request of Lama Zopa Rinpoche he has taught for some years in the west and has visited the Institute three times.
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.
Dagri Rinpoche


Dagri Rinpoche is the fifth incarnation in his lineage and was born in Tibet in 1958, and recognized two years later.


His four previous incarnations were well known and in his last incarntion, he was teacher to important lamas of today such as Demna Lochö Rinpoche, Lati Rinpoche, as well as Lama Yeshe.


After escaping from Tibet in 1982, he finally took his monk's vows and began his studies. He obtained the title of Geshe Lharampa after seventeen years of study and is qualified to teach the sutras and tantras.
Venerable Antonio Satta


Antonio Satta was born in Italy in 1956.
After having met Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Italy, he took ordination in 1979. He has studied buddhism and the tibetan language under different teachers, notably Geshe Rabten, in Switerland, then with Geshe Jampa Tegchok at Nalandatary monas, in Lavaur.


Since 1991, he lives mainly in Australia where he taught and translated at Vajrayana Institute, in Sydney, then at Chenrezig Institute, teaching the Basic Program. For some years now, he concentrates on introducing students to meditation practice by guiding Vipassana and Mahamudra retreats in Australia, New Zealand, Italy and India.


In 2011, he visited Institute Vajra Yogini for the seventh consecutive year.


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.
Yangsi Rinpoché


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

  • Photos of Yangsi Rinpoché
  • Anila Robina Courtin


    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.