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His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso is the spiritual leader of Tibet. He was born on 6 July 1935, to a farming family, in a small hamlet located in Taktser, Amdo, northeastern Tibet. At the age of two the child, who was named Lhamo Dhondup at that time was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso. The Dalai Lamas are believed to be manifestations of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and patron saint of Tibet. Bodhisattvas are enlightened beings who have postponed their own nirvana and chosen to take rebirth in order to serve humanity. (source: http://dalailama.com/biography/a-brief-biography).
Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Venerable Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche was born in 1946 in Thami, in the Mount Everest region of Nepal, not far from the Lawudo cave where his predecessor had meditated for the last 20 years of his life. Lama Zopa Rinpoche is now the Spiritual Director of the Foundation and oversees all of its activities. For more information about Rinpoche, please go to the FPMT website.
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Venerable Abbot Emeritus Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Losang Jampa
Heart Verse of Long Life Prayer for Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa
To bring blessing of enlightened activities to fortunate disciples,
Kel den dul chey kam su trin le juk /
Venerable Emeritus Abbot Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa (known as Geshe Thinley Topgyal) was born in 1937 in Nyaktren, a sector of Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. In 1947 at the age of 10, he gained admission to Sera Mey Monastery of the Sera Mahayana Monastic University near Lhasa---one of the three major seats of highest Buddhist studies.
In 1952, he received his novice monk vows from the late Minyag Tondues Rinpoche, the 95th Throne Holder of Gelugpa Tradition in Tibetan Buddhism. In 1959, he received the complete bikshu vows---the highest level of ordination---from His Eminence, the late Yongzin Ling Rinpoche, the 97th Throne Holder of Gelugpa Tradition and also senior Tutor to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Khensur Rinpoche studied in Tibet until 1959 when he fled to India after China invaded and forcefully occupied Tibet.
Rinpoche soon returned to his studies in the exiled Sera monastery, reconstructed under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and political head of the Tibetan people. From 1959-70, he resided with more than 1500 monks from four Tibetan Buddhist sects at Buxar, an old British Army camp in West Bengal. In 1970, the monks of Sera Mey relocated to Mysore district in Karnataka State in southern India.
The monks reestablished Sera Mey Mahayana University in Bylakuppe. Khensur Rinpoche continued his spiritual training and studies there with his characteristic dedication and enthusiasm. In 1986, he completed the final exam for a Geshe degree, and received the esteemed honor of Geshe Lharampa (equivalent to a PH.D.), the highest level awarded.
From 1980 to the present, Khensur Rinpoche has continued to teach at Sera Mey Monastic University. In 1989, he assumed the position of Discipline Master for one year. Then in 1990, he received the advanced degree of Ngagrampa (highest degree in Buddhist Tantra studies) from Gyumed Tantric College after extensively studying the secret teachings of the Mahayana tradition.
In 1993, Khensur Rinpoche became Discipline Master of Gyumed. Monastic leaders soon after submitted his name and that of eight other prominent Geshes to the Dalai Lama as candidates for the post of Lama Uzed (Head Lama to lead all rituals) of the Tantric College. On January 7, 1994, the Dalai Lama selected Khensur Rinpoche to serve as the Lama Uzed, and on Nov. 12, 1996, the Dalai Lama appointed him as the honorable Abbot of the Gyumed Tantric College.
Khensur Rinpoche completed his three-year term as Abbot with dedication and success. He taught tantric studies continuously for three years and conducted numerous religious rituals and ceremonies.
On completion of his term, Khensur Rinpoche returned to his teaching position at Sera Mey Monastic University, and continues to teach sutra and tantra to students and senior Geshes. He also continues his active leadership and participation in all religious ceremonies of the monastery.
During his term as Abbot of Gyumed, Khensur Rinpoche made his first visit to the USA and Canada to conduct various religious teachings and rituals at the request of the Gyumed College administrators and western students. A considerable number of westerners benefited from this initial tour. In 2003, He taught widely in Singapore and Malaysia.
Khensur Rinpoche is both a scholar of great knowledge and understanding, and a holder of many traditional teaching lineages. His generous presence and contributions to the Sera Mey Monastic University have proven indispensable. The great master Kyabje Ribur Rinpoche has repeatedly praised Khensur Rinpoche as both a great scholar and master practitioner of Buddha's sutra and tantra teachings. Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche notes that Khensur Rinpoche is widely respected for his patience, compassion, and virtuous character; among Tibetans he is often referred to as the "Buddha Abbott." A living example of Buddha's teachings, Khensur Rinpoche divides his time between personal meditation and practices, and teaching a growing network of western and Tibetan students. He is highly qualified to teaching on all levels of Buddhist practice and to conduct all Buddhist rituals.
Khensur Rinpoche lives and teaches in Redding, Connecticut
at his Center,
Do Ngak Kunphen Ling.
Venerable George Churinoff
Venerable George Churinoff (Gelong Thubten Tsultrim) was
born in Chicago and graduated from MIT in 1967 with a B.Sc. in Physics.
After attending graduate school in Physics, he taught at Choate School
in Connecticut and American Community School in Beruit. He took ordination
as a Novice monk in India with Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche in 1976 and as
a Gelong (or Bhikshu, a fully ordained monk) with Kyabje Ling Rinpoche
Ven. George has done many retreats in the Sutra and Tantra traditions and has taught extensively in America, Europe, India and Nepal, Russia, Mongolia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and most recently in the US where he taught the FPMT Basic Program at Land of Medicine Buddha for more than two years.
Dr. Lorne Ladner
Dr. Ladner Lorne Ladner, Ph.D. has served as director of Guhyasamaja Center for over twelve years. Dr. Ladner is also a clinical psychologist in private practice Centreville, VA. He provides individual psychotherapy, family therapy, and assessments. Dr. Ladner also provides workshops and trainings on the psychology of positive emotions, the integration of meditation and psychotherapy, and on Buddhist psychology. He is the author of a number of books and articles including The Lost Art of Compassion: Discovering the Practice of Happiness in the Meeting of Buddhism and Psychology (HarperCollins, 2004). He edited Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche's book The Easy Path: Illuminating the First Panchen Lama's Secret Instructions (Wisdom Publications, 2013).
Dr. Ladner began studying Buddhist meditation over 25 years ago. Over the years, he has studied Tibetan Buddhism closely with some of the greatest living Tibetan masters and with numerous leading Western scholars. He has been a student of Lama Zopa Rinpoche for many years, and was also a close student of the late Kyabje Ribur Rinpoche. In recent years, he's been studying closely with Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa. Dr. Ladner has also taught Buddhist meditation for a number of years at various meditation centers around the East Coast. He has taught workshops on using meditation in integration with psychotherapy--especially for evoking positive emotions such as compassion--at venues including Omega Institute, Tibet House, The New York Open Center, and the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. He also teaches workshops on these subjects for clinicians.
In addition to his Ph.D. in psychology (from Pacifica Graduate Institute), Dr. Ladner has also earned a B.A. with high honors in Religious Studies (from Wesleyan University) and an M.A. in non-fiction writing (from the University of New Hampshire). Other books by him include Bridges of Compassion: Insights and Interventions in Developmental Disabilities, co-authored with Alex Campbell and published in 1999 by Jason Aronson, Inc., and The Wheel of Great Compassion: The Practice of the Prayer Wheel in Tibetan Buddhism, published by Wisdom Publications in 2000. This book is about the Buddhist meditation practice of the prayer wheel for developing loving compassion. He also produced a video on integrating mindfulness meditation with psychotherapy published in 2006 by the American Psychological Association Press, entitled Mindful Therapy.
Venerable Losang Tendrol
Venerable Losang Tendrol studied Buddhism with Dr. Jan Willis at Wesleyan University in the 1980s. She lived in Madison, Wisconsin and attended teachings on Shantideva's Guide to a Bodhisattva's Way of Life given by Geshe Lhundup Sopa at Deer Park. In 2004 she received the certificate of completion for Geshe Tashi Tsering's two year Foundation of Buddhist Thought program. In 2008 she had the good fortune to take ordination with her principal teacher, Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Losang Jampa, at Do Ngak Kunphen Ling. Since 2009 Ven Tendrol has participated in the FPMT Masters Program. She successfully completed the classes on the Illumination of Thought and the Treasury of Manifest Knowledge. She is currently enrolled in the Grounds and Paths of Secret Mantra. She is also studying Tibetan.
Ven Tendrol served as the Guhyasamaja Center's Spiritual Program Coordinator from 2006 to 2009. Over the years she has led many pujas and classes for both adults and children. She is especially interested in sharing the Dharma with teenagers. She is the Editor of the Center's blog. In terms of publications, she contributed several articles to the Washington Post's feature, On Faith Local.
Gabe began studying Buddhism in 2001 and has been with the Guhyasamaja Center since 2005, when he first took refuge vows from Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Throughout the years he has been involved in most center activities, from volunteering to leading efforts to spread the Dharma in the area. He is currently the center’s Spiritual Program Coordinator and he plans to become an FPMT teacher in the future.
Matt began studying the Dharma on his own in 2005 and then at Drepung Loseling in Atlanta in 2008. He became involved with the Guhyasamaja Center after moving to D.C. to 2010. Matt took refuge vows from Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa in May of 2011, and later began the two-year Discovering Buddhism program for a completion certificate. For the last two years, Matt has served as the membership coordinator for the center and more recently he has been involved with fundraising and advertising.
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