Teachers are listed in the traditional Tibetan order in which they received the Geshe degree.
Geshe Denma Gyaltsen (Texas)
Geshe Denma Gyaltsen is the resident lama of Ligmincha Texas. Born in northern Nepal, he began studying for his geshe degree at Menri Monastery in India in 1981, where he received teachings from His Holiness Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche and His Eminence Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche. After receiving his Geshe Degree in 1996, he became a senior teacher at the monastery and taught philosophy when he was in residence. He served as the first abbot of Zhu Rishing Yungdrung Kundak-Ling Monastery, a Bön Monastery in Sikkim, India, for two years, and also was active until 2008 in assisting with the Bön Children’s Home in Dolanji, India. Geshe Denma has traveled many times to the USA, Austria, Poland, Canada, Russia, Belarus, Germany, Switzerland and Holland to teach, raise funds and learn. Several years ago, Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, founder and spiritual director of Ligmincha International, asked Geshe Denma to become the resident lama of Ligmincha Texas. He has been working toward that goal and became Ligmincha Texas’s first resident lama in January 2016.
Ligmincha Texas website
Geshe Tenzin Yangton (Serenity Ridge, Virginia: headquarters of Ligmincha International)
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 Bön 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.
Serenity Ridge Retreat Center website
Geshe Khorden Lhundup Gyaltsen (France)
Geshe Khorden Lhundup Gyaltsen is the resident lama of Ligmincha France. He lives and teaches in Paris. Geshe Lhundup was born in Tibet in a small village called Damranji, in Kham, to a nomadic family. At age 12, he made the decision to become a monk and went to Patsang Monastery in Kham. In 1993 he fled Tibet, first arriving in Kathmandu at Triten Norbutse Monastery and then, encouraged by His Eminence Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, continuing on to Menri Monastery in India to study for the Geshe degree. Geshe Lhundup received his Geshe degree in 2009. After studying English in Dharamsala, India, he traveled to France, got a residency card and began working in a bakery. Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche contacted him in 2010 to suggest that he begin working with Rinpoche’s students in France. With the assistance of Rinpoche’s students, Geshe Lhundup began learning French and teaching yoga. He began working more directly to teach students in France in 2013, and over the past few years has helped grow the small group of practitioners to a sangha that moved into a new location in September 2015.
Ligmincha France website
Geshe Yungdrung Gyatso is the resident lama of Ligmincha Poland. He lives at the Chamma Ling Poland center in Wilga, near Warsaw. Geshe Gyatso was born in 1980 in in a small village in the Dolpo region of Western Nepal to a father who is a doctor of Tibetan medicine and Bönpo lay practitioner and a mother who is a Nyingma practitioner. At age 9 he became one of the first monks to begin study at Triten Norbutse Monastery in Kathmandu, under the guidance of His Eminence Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche. In 1994, he began studying for his Geshe degree at Triten Norbutse Monastery and received his degree in 2009. Both during and after his studies at Triten Norbutse, Geshe Gyatso began travelling and teaching throughout Europe. In 2010 and 2011, while he was a member of the board of Triten Norbutse Monastery, he came to know Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche well. In 2013, Rinpoche asked Geshe Gyatso if he would like to stay in Poland and teach in the Polish sangha and other European sanghas. Geshe Gyatso officialy became resident lama of Chamma Ling Poland in March 2015.
Ligmincha Poland website
Lama Kalsang Nyima (Mexico)
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 Bön 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 Bön 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 Boudha.
Ligmincha Mexico website Spanish
Ligmincha Mexico website English
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 Bön 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 Bön Stupa for World Peace at Chamma Ling Valle de Bravo. He has lived in Mexico since that time, working on projects for the Stupa.
Ligmincha Mexico website Spanish
Ligmincha Mexico website English