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Geshe Jampa Gyatso, Stages of the Path: Middle Length Lam-Rim
Geshe Jampa Gyatso was resident teacher at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa (ILTK) from 1980 until his death in 2007. He held the Lharampa Geshe degree from Sera Je Monastery, the Ngagram Geshe degree from Gyume Tantric College, and the Acharya degree from the Sanskrit University of Varanasi. He was a classmate and close friend of Lama Yeshe.

In addition to teaching numerous short and long courses both at ILTK and Dharma centers in Italy, Spain, and England, he served as abbot of Nalanda Monastery in France and Takden Shedrup Targye Ling Monastery and Shenphen Samten Ling Nunnery at ILTK. Geshe-la acted as the principal tutor of the forerunner of the Masters Program held at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa from 1983 to 1997, and the seven-year Masters Program held from 1998-2004.

As well as being a formidable scholar, he was highly regarded by his students for his practical advice, warm humor, and boundless concern for their well-being. Geshe Jampa Gyatso taught the Basic Program at ILTK from 2005-2007, and his introductory talk on the program subjects is included with each Basic Program Homestudy package and with the BP Online courses.

Geshe Ngawang Dakpa, Heart Sutra (BP Homestudy hard copy package)

Born in Nagchu, Central Tibet, a village at an altitude of 14,000 feet with year round ice and snow, Geshe-la spent his earliest years with his nomadic family. At the age of ten, he entered Orbak Monastery, where he learned to read and write. He was ordained as a novice monk at thirteen. In 1953, he traveled to Lhasa and entered Sera Je, one of the three great monastic universities in Tibet. Lama Yeshe, founder of the FPMT, was among his contemporaries at Sera. He was granted full ordination by the Junior Tutor of the Dalai Lama, Trijang Rinpoche.

In 1959, when he learned that the Dalai Lama had fled Tibet, he followed and escaped to India. He continued his studies at the Sanskrit University in Varanasi, where he earned an M.A. with honors. Invited by the Queen of Sikkim to teach Tibetan at the University of Sikkim, he taught there for twenty years before returning to the re-established Sera Je monastery in South India to gain his geshe degree. Graduating at the top of his class, Geshe-la became a master in Dharma, astrology, Tibetan education, grammar, and poetry.

Before coming to the US geshe-la was resident teacher at the FPMT center in Taipei, Taiwan. He has since been teaching the Basic Program at Tse Chen Ling, San Francisco, CA, with great dedication for many years.

Geshe Chonyi, Engaging in the Bodhisattva Deeds (BP Homestudy hard copy packages)

Khen Rinpoche Thubten Chonyi was born in Nepal in 1962 and received his initial education at Kopan Monastery, where he was ordained by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 1974. After eighteen years of intensive study in Sera Je Monastery in South India, Khen Rinpoche was awarded the title of Geshe Lharampa and spent a year at Gyume Tantric College where he completed his studies before returning to Kopan Monastery to teach.

In 1999 Geshe Thubten Chonyi arrived in Singapore to be the resident teacher at Amitabha Buddhist Centre (ABC). He started teaching the Basic Program in 2003 for a great number of enthusiastic students, more then twenty five of which graduated in 2011. ABC is currently offering a second succesful BP; with patience and through skilful discussion and debate, Khen Rinpoche trains his students to develop analytical and enquiring minds.

Khen Rinpoche was officially enthroned as abbot of Kopan Monastery and Nunnery on 8 December 2011.  Khen Rinpoche will be in residence four months a year at Kopan and eight months at ABC to continue to teach the Basic Program to his numerous students there.

Venerable George Churinoff, Mind and Cognition and Mahayana Mind Training
A physics graduate from MIT, Venerable George earned a Masters degree in Buddhist studies from Delhi University, India. He took ordination in 1975 and studied the Geshe Studies Program at Manjushri Institute, England, where he also served as Spiritual Program Coordinator.

Venerable George was instrumental in founding the Masters Program at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa in Italy, where he also served as Program Coordinator. After studying and teaching there for eight years he spent several years at Tushita Centre in Delhil, followed by three years as Lama Osel Rinpoche’s English curriculum tutor at Sera Je Monastery in South India.

Venerable George has done many retreats in the sutra and tantra traditions and taught extensively in FPMT centers all over the world. He taught the Basic Program as resident teacher at Dorje Chang Institute, New Zealand and at Land of Medicine Buddha, USA. Venerable George now resides at Deer Park Buddhist Center in Madison, Wisconsin and teaches various topics as a visiting teacher in FPMT centers.

Geshe Tenzin Tenphel, The Tathagata Essence
Geshe-la is holder of the Lharampa Geshe degree from Sera Je Monastery and studied at Gyuto Tantric College. Residing at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa  since 1998, Geshe-la taught the supplementary subjects during the 1998-2004 Masters Program, as well as teaching at other FPMT centers in Italy.

Geshe Tenphel is particularly appreciated for his clear explanations, his keen interest in debate, and his sense of humor, qualities that have endeared him to many Western disciples.

For the 2005-2007 Basic Program at ILTK, Geshe-la taught the philosophical subjects, a constant source of enthusiasm for his sharp analytical mind. Geshe Tenphel teaches in the current Basic and Masters Programs at ILTK.






























Geshe Tsulga, Tenets
Ven. Geshe Tsulga was born in Tibet in 1939. A novice monk by the age of seven, he joined Sera Je Monastery to begin his geshe studies at seventeen. In 1959, he fled Tibet after the Tibetan uprising against Chinese occupation. After a decade in the refugee camp of Buxaduar in West Bengal, he went to Bylakuppe in south India to help build Sera Monastery in exile. In 1988, he graduated as geshe lharampa with highest honors at the top of his class.

Geshe-la arrived in the United States in December 1992, having been requested to come by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Since 1995 he has been resident teacher at Kurukulla Center in Boston. Geshe-la has been offering the Basic Program at Kurukulla Center since 2002 when, after manifesting liver cancer for two years, Geshe-la passed away in November 2010.

Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche, Grounds and Paths of Secret Mantra

Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche was born in 1926 in the Amdo region of Eastern Tibet. When he was eight years old, he was recognized as the reincarnation of the former abbot of Kirti Monastery in Amdo, and ordained as a monk at the age of nine. A year later he made the arduous journey to Lhasa to continue his studies at Drepung Monastery in order to avoid the political instability posed by the Chinese in the Amdo area. In Drepung he became tsenshab (debate partner) to Kirti Rinpoche, debating with him and reviewing his daily teachings. 

After escaping from Tíbet in 1959, Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche began a fifteen-year meditation retreat at the age of forty-five, in a small stone hermitage above Dharamsala, the residence in exile of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Having concluded his retreat for health reasons, Kirti Tsenshab Rinopche has been teaching worldwide. Lama Zopa Rinpoche, who took Kirti Tsenshab as his teacher after being impressed by his expertise in the subtleties of tantra, said of Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche, “Rinpoche went all over the world many times and turned the Dharma wheel very extensively. He practiced and preserved Dharma very purely and spread it very purely to sentient beings.”

Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche offered his commentary on Grounds and Paths of Secret Mantra in Vajrapani Institute in 2003 and 2004, based on the standard Basic Program text for the subject, Ngawang Palden’s  Illumination of the Tantric Tradition: The Principles of the Grounds and Paths of the Four Great Secret Classes of Tantra.


Geshe Sonam Ngodrub Heart Sutra

Geshe Sonam Ngodrub was born in Kardze, Kham, in 1968. From a young age he learned to read and write through looking at scriptures with his uncle at a monastery nearby his home. At the age of thirteen he left Tibet and undertook the journey to India to begin his formal monastic education, entering Sera Je Monastery.

Having studied with many esteemed teachers, he eventually entered the Lharampa Geshe class, and graduated in the top three of his year. Geshe Sonam Ngodrub then completed a year at Gyurme Tantric College, and upon returning to Sera Je, Geshe-la became one of the young teaching geshes in Sera, much loved by his many students.

Invited to become resident teacher at Nalanda Monastery, Geshe Sonam Ngodrub taught a wide variety of topics, including several Basic Program subjects. Upon leaving Nalanda Geshe-la toured in Europe, teaching at various FPMT centers, until in 2012, at Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s request, he accepted to become resident teacher at Maitreya Institute in the Netherlands.