| Thursday, 20 June 2013
Resident Tibetan Lama: Geshe Lobsang Jamyang
Geshe-la was born in Tibet in 1966 and took ordination at the age of 16. Following 22 years of study at Kardze Monastery in Tibet, and then Sera-Je monastery in South India, he attained the highest degree in Buddhist philosophy, Geshe Lharampa. Geshe Jamyang was the main teacher at Drolma-Ling nunnery in India, before coming to Chenrezig Institute in 2005. More information about Geshe-la here including a short teaching.
Resident/Regular Teachers and Workshop Leaders (click here for the touring teachers who regularly visit)
|Main Western Teacher
Venerable Tsepal was ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2001, and is a graduate of the Buddhist Studies Programme.
|Advanced Programme Tutor
ordained 9 years ago. Tsewang completed a BA (Hons) at Melbourne
University and is a graduate of the Buddhist Studies Programme . She is
Chenrezig Institute's resident Umdze (chant leader) and BSP Tutor
Born in Tel Aviv, Yaki worked in the Israeli Armed Forces before living in India for 4 years studying conversational and classical Tibetan. He came to CI in 2005 as the translator for Geshe Jamyang. Yaki is a graduate of the Buddhist Studies Programme.
Yeshe Choedzom (Margaret McAndrew) studied Librarianship before heading of to India in the 70s where she made a connection with Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. She ordained in 1975
†Ordained in 1987, Ailsa is a close student of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and
has been editing his teachings since 1984 for the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive. Ailsa leads annual Nyung Na
†Venerable Yangchen has been a Buddhist nun since 1999, and has studied under the guidance of Geshe Tashi Tsering and Geshe Lobsang Jamyang and is a graduate of the 5-year Buddhist Studies Programme. Professionally, Yangchen is a nurse.
†Venerable Chodron has studied Buddhist philosophy intensively for the
past 10 years whilst working in Spiritual Care at Karuna Hospice
Service. Chodron has†† many years experience as a social worker,
counselor, group facilitator and presenter. Chodron is a graduate of the 5-year Buddhist Studies Programme.
†Ordained in 2000, Venerable Lhagsam is a graduate of the Buddhist
Studies Programme. She holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Palliative
Care from Flinders University and has worked with Cittamani Hospice
Service for the last 15 years.
Venerable Drolma grew up in a village in Suffolk, England, where she
lived until she came to Australia in 2005 and found her way to Chenrezig
Institute as a volunteer. Ordained in 2005, Drolma is a recent graduate of the† Buddhist Studies Programme
†Venerable Jhampa is the Manager of the Losang Dragpa Monastery and attends the Buddhist Studies Programme, an extensive 5 year programme at Chenrezig Institute
†Lozang Tsultrim (Carla Pearse) is a counsellor with a Master of International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution. Professionally she works with people at risk of suicide, their family and friends,† and Secular Mindfulness Trainer.
|†TY (Thubten Yeshe)
†Since 1974 TY has been a student of Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. For five years she studied in Nepal and India, during which time she ordained as a Buddhist nun and remained a nun for nine years. TY has received teachings over the years from many high lamas. Currently she teaches and leads retreats both in Australia and overseas
†Renate is a Psychotherapist in private practice, teacher of Buddhist Philosophy, and Corporate Trainer with over 20 years experience. She has worked for DER SPIEGEL news magazine in Germany, and as a Literary Agent and Publisher in London.
†Jampa Ignyen was the first tutor of CIís Buddhist Studies Programme which he helped to establish. He was a monk in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition for 20 years spending much of that time studying all the major texts and completing his Geshe Studies at Sera Monastic University in India. He holds a PhD from Latrobe University and is currently a translator for the Institute of Tibetan Classics
†Ray studied Buddhist art for many years under master artist Andy Weber in the UK and now lives and works at Chenrezig Institute where he is the resident artist
Lindsay Pratt is one Chenrezig Instituteís founding students and an accomplished meditation leader
|†Doctor Ani Nyidon
†Dr. Nyidon is an experienced and respected
Tibetan doctor who trained under the physician to the Dalai Lama at one
of the most distinguished schools, Men-tsee-khang, in Dharamsala India.
Miffi runs the spiritual program at our sister centre Langri Tangpa Centre in Brisbane where she also leads beginnerís classes. Miffi leads workshops on Disturbing Emotions at CI
NeLi Martin is a qualified psychologist who integrates her psychology training and many years of mindfulness study and practice
Rachel Collis has been a consultant psychiatrist and currently presents seminars throughout Australia
Touring Teachers who regularly visit
Born in 1933 in eastern Tibet, Choden Rinpoche was recognized at age three as
the reincarnation of the previous Rinpoche, who himself had been one of
the candidates for the twelfth Dalai Lama.
Rinpoche was one of the two Sera Je lamas selected to debate with His
Holiness the Dalai Lama during His Holiness's geshe exams.
During the communist Chinese takeover of Tibet in 1959, Choden
Rinpoche stayed in Tibet and went into solitary retreat for 19 years. He
never left his tiny, dark room in Lhasa from 1965 to 1985, and was
virtually unknown in his monastery for this reason. In 1985 he was
allowed to leave Tibet for India, and has since taught for many years to
thousands of students at Sera Je monastery in South India. At the
request of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Choden Rinpoche has now visited the west
several times to give teachings and lead retreats.
Dagri Rinpoche, is the reincarnation of Pari Dorje Chang, one of the
very great geshes of Lhasa who was the teacher of many lamas, including
Lama Yeshe. Dagri Rinpoche was born in Tibet in 1958. He grew up during
the Cultural Revolution of 1966 - 1976.
After his recognition as a tulku, he was unable to go to his monastery
because shortly after he was recognized, the monastery was destroyed by
the Chinese. "I remained at home. From my father and the 'solpon' from
my past incarnation I learned reading, writing, mathematics and the
Tibetan language. Later I went to a regular elementary school and until I was 15 years old
I also had to herd sheep and cows. Then the Chinese began a coal mine
near the mountains. I was put in that camp and had to do forced labour.
Many Tibetans died there.
After his escape from Tibet in
1982 he completed his 17 years of study of Buddhist philosophy and
received the Geshe Lharampa degree.
Geshe Tashi Tsering
† Born 1937, Khen Rinpoche Lozang Rigdzin (aka Geshe Tashi Tsering) is a highly respected teacher who has lived and taught in the West for many years throughout Australia and New Zealand as well as in India and Tibet. He was the resident teacher at Chenrezig Institute in Queensland for 18 years. He is now the Abbott of Gyume Tantric University in south India.
Born in eastern Tibet in 1937, Geshe Tashi Tsering became a monk at the age of seven years and at seventeen went to study at Sera Monastery in Lhasa. After fleeing the communist takeover of Tibet in 1959, he continued his monastic education in exile in India, becoming a Lharampa Geshe in 1984. Geshe-la was the resident teacher at Chenrezig Institute in Queensland from 1990 through 2008, where he developed an extensive programme of Buddhist teachings offered at the centre, catering to a wide range of interests and experience. More information about Geshe-la here
|Geshe Tenzin Zopa
Geshe Tenzin Zopa, born in 1975 in the village of Tsum located at the foothill of Himalaya, is the first of seven children in his family. His parents are farmers and nomad. They lived a simple life and yet are a happy family.
Ever since Geshe la started crawling, he liked to be with the late Geshe Lama Konchog in his cave. He said it is because he could stay warm in the thick blanket and got good tsampa from the late Geshe Lama Konchog. He started to spend time with the late Geshe Lama Konchog in his cave from the age of 3.
†Thubten Gyatso (formerly Adrian Feldmann), was ordained by Lama Thubten Yeshe in the 1970s, and was one of the first Westerners to become a monk in the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. He has been instrumental in establishing a number of Dharma centres in France, Taiwan, Australia and Mongolia.
Born in Melbourne in 1946, Adrian Feldmann graduated from the University of Melbourne with a degree in medicine. After practising medicine in Australia and overseas, he travelled for several years, eventually finding his way to Kopan. After much study and soul-searching, he became ordained. Since then he has run a free medical practice in Nepal, taught Buddhism and meditation in Nepal, France, Mongolia, the USA, and Australia, and establishing monasteries in France and in Bendigo
Courtin was ordained as a
Tibetan Buddhist nun in 1978. She was the editorial director of Wisdom
Publications until 1987 and then editor of the international Buddhist
magazine Mandala until the end of 2000. She ran the
Liberation Prison Project for more than a decade and is now a full-time travelling teacher.
Venerable Robina's teachings are unrelentingly challenging,
hard-hitting, serious, funny, visceral, inspiring and empowering. She
specialises in applying the wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism to contemporary
city life, using examples from TV, magazines and film.
Robina will return to CI in March/April 2013
Born in Sardegna Italy in 1956, Ven Antonio was first introduced to
Tibetan Buddhism at Lama Tsong Khapa Institute, Italy. After meeting Lama Yeshe
and Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Italy, he took novice ordination in 1979 and then
full ordination from HHDL in 1981. In late 1981 Ven. Antonio spent a number of months in Sri Lanka
at a Mahasi Sayadaw Insight Meditation Centre learning the practice of
Since 1991 Ven. Antonio has been living in Australia
translating and teaching at Vajrayana Institue, Sydney; teaching and tutoring
for the Buddhist Study Program at Chenrezig Institute; and teaching at other
FPMT centres in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, United States, and Nepal and
India. Over the last 12 years Ven. Antonio has been concentrating on trying to
bring the Vipassana practice as taught in the Theravada system to westerners of
Antonio will lead three retreats at CI in 2012; one in April and two in July.
†Australian-born Tony Beaumont trained and worked as a
psychiatric nurse. Ordained for almost 20 years, he has studied at Lama
Tsong Khapa Institute in Italy and Nalanda Monastery in France, and
taught at FPMT centres around the world. Tony is currently the resident teacher at Tushita Meditation Centre in Dharmasala India and will return to CI to teach in December 2012
†Ven. Jampa Ludrup is an Australian Buddhist monk, in the Tibetan tradition, who has been studying and practicing Feng Shui for more than 10 years at the request of Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
Jampa will return to teach at CI in December 2012
Artist Andy Weber spent seven years living and
studying the iconographical art of Tibetan Buddhism under the guidance
of accomplished masters in India and Nepal. His unique style of
authentic images for visualization are highly respected not only by the
growing number of Western Buddhists but also by Tibetan Lamas of all
traditions, many of whom have commissioned his work. His thangka paintings
(= Tibetan scroll paintings) can be seen in Buddhist centres and
temples throughout the world including the Potala Palace in Lhasa and
his images have become well known and popular through numerous
Andy will lead multiple retreats at CI in September/October 2012
†Pam founded Tara Redwood School in 1996 with the aim of educating the whole child: not only to convey the joy of learning, but to provide a foundation for the emotional and inner development of each child. The school's staff have researched, created and implemented strategies for awakening compassion, wisdom and social responsibility in the minds and hearts of children. inspired by her teacher, Lama Yeshe and following the success of Tara Redwood school, Pam founded: Lama's Vision for Kids. Blending the best of Eastern and Western approaches to education.
Even offering three hundred bowls of food three times a day does not match the spiritual merit gained in one moment of love.