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Khen Rinpoché Tamding GyatsoFounder and Spiritual Leader
Khen Rinpoché Tamding Gyatso was born in Kham (Tibet) in 1927. He realized his studies in Ganden Shartse, one of the three main monastic Universities of Tibet, till Chinese invasion in 1959, year in which he exiles to India.
Monk since his eleven years, age at which he starts to memorize various texts enabling him to study Buddhist philosophy and psychology later. 1976 he obtains his graduation in the highest degree of Geshe (Lharampa) with outstanding results.
He received several teachings by his Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama and his two tutors Ling y Triyang Rinpoché, by Zemei Rinpoché, Thayab Tobden Rinpoché and specially by his Holiness Song Rinpoché with whom he had a very close connection and by whom he received various Sutra and secret Tantra transmissions, in Tibet as well as in India. Under tutorship of Song Rinpoché, Khen Rinpoché Tamding Gyatso realized his tantric training achieving numerous retreats of different meditational deities.
Khen Rinpoché Tamding Gyatso is spiritual guide of various centers in Spain since 1987. In 2001 his Holiness the Dalai Lama named him Abbot of the Ganden Shartse monastery in India and was enthroned as Kempo on December 15, 2001.
Geshe Tenzing TamdingSpiritual Guide
Geshe Tenzing Tamding was born in the Tibetan Wooden Snake Year, in August 1965 in the village Chedam, Province of Dagyab (Kham), in Tibet. His scholar father Tamding Sönam and his mother Tamdin Yangzom both came from wealthy farmer families. After six years of Chinese oppression in Tibet his mother gave birth to her fourth child Tenzing Tamding under very poor conditions in her own animal stable. She lived there with his oldest brother and two sisters. By the time of Geshe Tenzing’s birth his father was in the Chinese prisons because of his devotion to the Dalai Lama and his Buddhist religion and of defending the Tibetan Constitution.
Geshe-La was already 4 years old and visited the Chinese local school, when his father was released from prison. His father who spent in total 7 years in prison was mistreated, his legs were crippled and he was not able to walk anymore. So he stayed at home, meanwhile his wife and his older three children worked on the fields. Tamding Sönam was a very scholarly man, he had high Buddhist knowledge because he and his brother, the well known Khem Rimpoche Geshe Tamding Gyatso grew up and was taught by their uncle who was a great realized Geshe Larampa named Kelsang Puntsok. Geshe Kelsang Puntsok studied in Je Tsongkhapas Mahayana monastic mother university Ganden in Tibet and completed his degree; as well he accomplished his teachings in the Gyuto Tantra Monastery. He became abbot of the local monastery Magön and was the root guru of Dagyab Rimpoche who now resides in Germany.
His father used to teach Geshe-La and the other family members every day very strictly in their little home, hiding the dharma texts from the Chinese. In his early years Geshe Tenzing was capable to memorize the 21 Tara alabanza, several Gelugpa texts, like refuge texts and different mantras and he also learned Tibetan language.
His father passed away, when Geshe Tenzing Tamding was only 11 years old. The teachings were so profound that they would influence his entire life. A few months after her husband’s death, Geshe-la’s mother decided to become a nun, hiding her habits in public.
Only 11 years old, Geshe-La deeply touched by his father’s teachings and knowing that his uncle Khem Rimpoche was already in India, made the decision to go there and follow his footsteps. It was there that he decided that studying the dharma was really the most beneficial thing to do and set his mind on becoming a Geshe.
Together with a group of people he fled from the Himalayan Mountains to Nepal in 1977. After a trip of 2 months he arrived in India. It was a very dangerous trip where he gambled between life and death.
Once in Darjeeling where his uncle, a very recognized Geshe monk was teaching dharma in a Buddhist College, he had a very nice time, studying hard and serving his uncle. Happy that his young nephew wanted to follow in his footsteps his uncle took him to Bodhgaya to receive the monk’s ordination by His Holiness The Dalai Lama. After taking the monk vows His Holiness gave Geshe Tenzing Tamding, who also spoke Chinese the permission to start his studies in the Institute of Buddhist Philosophy in Dharamsala. Entering in an advanced class after some effort, Geshe-La became the first in his class and finished the 10 year study program in only 5 years.
During this time Geshe-la translated His Holiness´teachings for Chinese disciples and taught dharma in Chinese to a Taiwanese Monk, a personal disciple of his Holiness.
As Geshe Tenzing was very keen on finishing his Geshe Degree, he applied to His Holiness The Dalai Lama to be enrolled in Ganden Monastery. In 1982 after passing all exams Geshe-la continued his studies in the Ganden Monastery and entered in the 10th class.
After 10 years in 1992 he finished his Geshe studies. Again it was His Holiness personally who gave him permission to promote for his Geshe Larampa degree immediately which he passed with excellence and became one of the youngest Geshe Larampa in the monastery.
In 1993 just after his examination His Holiness sent him to Taiwan where he assisted the Taiwanese Monk who meanwhile had built up many Centers and Monasteries in the world. Geshe Tenzing emphasis was the teachings of Lamrim to his peer and disciples. Geshe-La traveled and taught also in his Centers in Hong Kong and the United States of America.
This Taiwanese monk made very generous donations to the Ganden Shartse Monastery, to Ganden Tsok Chen and Ganden Nyagre Kangsten and as well to Sera and Drepung Monastery.
Geshe Tenzing was active in Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and mainly in California introducing dharma teachings. He founded Centers in Singapore and Malaysia and hosted high lamas like Lati Rimpoche and his guru Jampa Yeshe Rimpoche.
In 1995 Geshe Tenzing Tamding came first to Spain to visit his uncle Khem Rimpoche and teach in his Center in Menorca. In 1999 he made another trip and gave several courses in Spain, England and Germany.
In 2002 when his uncle Khem Rimpoche, the abbot of Ganden Monastery, passed away he went back to his monastery for one year to clear all his papers and help in the monastery’s administration. His uncle appointed him as successor of the 5 Buddhist Centers in Spain, where Geshe Tenzing Tamding started his deed in 2003. Since then he built up 13 more Buddhist Centers and meditation groups in Spain. His main residence is in Menorca and he regularly visits all his Centers in Spain, Asia and America to introduce teachings, give private sessions and public talks.
In 2008 Geshe Tenzing started a 10 years teaching program in Spain which includes the authentic Sutra and Tantra teachings of the 5 major texts taught in the Ganden Monastery, this course includes as well the famous debate method, which most of his disciples perceive as essential to understand dharma. In the same year Geshe-La´s family, who now reside in California and one disciple from Taiwan made donations to acquire property in Galicia (Ourense). The rebuilding into a monastic retreat centre is in progress, a hands on job by Geshe-La and his devoted disciples. In August 2009 the first course took place in this place and more than 70 disciples participated.
Fulfilling his uncles Khem Rimpoche Tamding Gyatso´s wish, who he considers his rot guru, he also achieved to merge his 18 centers into federation which is called: ”Federación budista Tibetana Thubten Thinley”.
As well he accomplished the creation of the foundation “Cho Tsup Tsang”, for the preservation of Tibetan culture, art and Buddhist religion. The main aim of this foundation is the recreation of the main Gelugpa monastic universities Ganden, Sera and Drepung as in Tibet and India for monks and nuns and as well a section for lay people, in Spain.
Ven. Gueshe Tenzing Tamding
S.S. el XIV Dalai Lama Tenzing Gyatso.
Kyabje Khensur Tamding Gyatso Rimpoché
S.E. Kyabje Khensur Jampa Yeshe Rimpoché
S.S. Kyabje Khensur Lati Rimpoché
S.E. Gaden Nyari Tritul RimpochéResident Teachers
The third reincarnation of the 89th Gaden Trigpa was born in the south of India in Mundgod as child of Mr. Phuntsok Namgyal and his mother Tsering Yangzom.
After the death of the second Tritul Rinpoche in Tibet in 1963, Nyari Khangtsen consulted his Holiness the Dalai Lama, the venerable Kyabye Triyang Rinpoché, the venerable Kyabye Zong Rinpoché and the oracles about the possible candidate of the reincarnation of Tritul Rinpoché.
In 1980 the current Nyari Tritul Rinpoché has been officially recognized as the third Tritul Rinpoché. Following custom he joined the monastery of Ganden Shartse in 1981 under tutorship of the former abbot of the Tantric Monastery Gyuto, the Ven. Nyari Gen Lobsang Tempa. He started with him the main monastic studies. The Oracle of the monastery recommended assigning Geshe Palior Tenzin, alias Ven. Tsonja as assistant, who took charge of the personal care of the young Rinpoché and worked as his personal assistant till his last breath.
In 1992 he was officially enthroned in Ganden Monastery with the same honors and rights as his Holiness Triyang Rinpoché (reincarnation of the young tutor of his Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama). Representatives of the Tibetan Government in exile, the official of the colony honored young Rinpoché with the traditional offering of Katas, followed by the abbots of the monastery and other high lamas and dignitaries. Rinpochés last tutor, the ex-abbot of Gyuto monastery, Lobsang Tempa felt very hopeful and sure about the young Rinpoché. There was not the slightest doubt on the lineage and authentity of the great XIC Tripa reincarnation.
Venerable Gueshe Jongcup ChoedenVisiting Teacher
Was born in the north Indian State of Himachal Pradesh. In 1979 he joined the prestigious Gaden Shartse Norling College in Mundgod, Karnataka, India and embarked on an extended course of Buddhist studies. He than studied under guidance of the great masters Ven. Khensur Lobsang Choepel Rinpoche (ex-abbot Shartse College); His Eminence Kyabje Khensur Lati Rinpoche (abbot emeritus Shartse College); Ven. Khensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche (ex-abbot Shartse College); and Ven. Khensur Konchog Tsering Rinpoche (abbot emeritus Shartse College). Attending debate meetings and religious discourses at various renowned Tibetan Buddhist monastic universities across the Indian subcontinent earning a special recognition in Tibetan Buddhist community. Apart from the main course of study, he received great many teachings from the recognized Tibetan masters; His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Eminence Kyabje Ling Rinpoche and His Eminence Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and many others.
From 1979 to 1988 he studied Pramana Vidya (Buddhist Logic and epistemology), Pragyanaparamita (Perfection of Wisdom), Madhyamika (philosophy of the Middle Way School), Abhidharma (Treasury of Knowledge, metaphysics), and Vinaya (Buddhist monastic ethics). In 1997 he topped the Lharam Examination so was awarded the prestigious degree of Geshe Lharampa. Subsequently he joined the famed Gyuto Tantric University and received intensive training in the field of Buddhist Tantra.
Along with these he also served the monastery and local community in various ways. Elected to serve as Office Secretary of the monastery for many terms. Finally, in the year 1998, the governing board of the monastery unanimously selected him to be the General Secretary of the Education Development Project, an administrative section of the monastery, a post held until assigned to supervise missionary activities of the monastery in Taipei, Taiwan.
In 2000 he traveled to the U.S., Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia and Malaysia as chief-interpreter and personal secretary to His Eminence Kyabje Lati Rinpoche. From the beginning of 2001 until early 2003 he taught and administered at Gaden Shartse Buddhist Institute in Taipei and learned Mandarin at Normal University, Taiwan. While in Taiwan he frequently visited Singapore to teach Buddhism to Singaporean students.
At the end of 2003, he volunteered to serve as translator once again for His Eminence Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, while Rinpoche was on a teaching tour in California. After Rinpoche’s return back to India, along with Ven. Lobsang Tsultrim he traveled to many parts of USA to teach Buddhism and to do cultural exchange programs with American communities. It was very good and enriching experience to do the cultural exchange programs.
At the end of year 2004 he returned back to India to do prostration at Bodhgaya. After that in the year 2005 he sat for Grand Tantra Examination at Gyuto Tantric University and earned degree in Tantric studies. In the summer that year, he went to Spain and spent months teaching at Dharma Centers. Most of the year 2006 was spent in India as a pilgrim and later teaching at the monastery.
At the beginning of 2007, he traveled to Singapore and Indonesia to teach at Norbu Choling Centre and spent months over there. Many months of the later half of this year he spent at Gyuto Tantric University preparing for final traditional exam, which was complete by the end of November 2007.
In 2008, once again he came back to teach at Norbu Choling, Singapore and Indonesia and visited the Phende Lekshey Ling, Petaling Jaya Malaysia.
In 2009 he has been appointed as new abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery.
Gueshe Tashi con S.E. Tritul Rimpoche y Gueshe Tenzing TamdingVisiting Teacher