Geshe Tenzin Yangton
Geshe Tenzin Yangton is the resident lama at Serenity Ridge Retreat Center, the headquarters of Ligmincha International located in rural Nelson County, Virginia. Born in 1974 in Chharka, a remote village in the Dolpo region of western Nepal bordering Tibet, he is part of the ancient Yangton lineage. As a child, Geshe Yangton completed the customary three-year retreat. In 1990 he became a monk at Triten Norbutse Monastery in Kathmandu, taking his vows from Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche. In 1992 he enrolled in the Bon Dialectic School at Menri Monastery in Dolanji, India, attaining the Geshe Degree in 2006. He was coordinator of Yanggon Thongdrol Phuntsog Ling Monastery, Dolpo Tsaga Welfare Healthcare Clinic and many other projects. He also has served as an assistant to His Eminence Ponlop Trinley Nyima Rinpoche, head instructor of Menri Monastery in Dolanji, India. Geshe Yangton has been resident lama at Serenity Ridge since June 2014.
Lama Kalsang Nyima
Lama Kalsang Nyima is the resident teacher for Ligmincha Mexico. Born in 1970 in the province of Dolpo, Nepal, Lama Kalsang comes from a family of many great Bon practitioners. At age 9 he became a monk at Samling Monastery, the oldest and most important monastery in Dolpo. There Lama Kalsang trained intensively for 12 years in sutra and tantra and completed many long personal retreats. At age 21 he began four years of studies at Triten Norbutse Monastery under the close guidance of Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, where he studied all aspects of the traditional Bon teachings and received a complete cycle of dzogchen teachings. There he also learned techniques of traditional thangka painting, skills he deepened during five years of training at Ugyun Tulku’s monastery in nearby Bhouda.
Lama Yungdrung Lodoe lives in Valle de Bravo, Mexico, where he is a teacher with Ligmincha Mexico. Born in Tenchen, Tibet, in 1978, Lama Yungdrung entered Tondol Ritod Monastery in Chumpo, Tibet, at age 9. There, he received training and teachings on rituals, practices and ceremonies for three years, followed by three years of meditating while in retreat in the mountains. Lama Yungdrung studied Tibetan art for three years at the home of Lopon Tenzin Namdak, the most senior teacher in the Bon tradition. He also studied thangka painting with master Seregn Yonpal for three years in Chumpo, Tibet and calligraphy and mandala painting with master Are Tenzin for one year in Retod Gompa Monastery in Tibet. At the age of 26, Lama Yungdrung went to India to study modern art. In January 2011, Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche asked Lama Yungdrung to come to Mexico to paint mandalas for the Great Bon Stupa for World Peace at Chamma Ling Valle de Bravo. He has lived in Mexico since that time, working on projects for the Stupa.