Geshe Denma Gyaltsen

Ligmincha Teachers

Geshe Denma Gyaltsen has been the resident lama of Ligmincha Texas since January 2016. Born in northern Nepal, he was brought by his father to Menri Monastery in Dolanji, India in 1981. While studying for his geshe degree, he received all the Bön teachings, initiations and transmissions in sutra, tantra and dzogchen from His Holiness Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche, the 33rd Menri Trizin, and His Eminence Yongdzin Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche. While still a senior student, he taught philosophy to younger students. He was awarded a geshe degree in 1996.

Geshe Denma is an accomplished teacher and in 1998 was appointed as the first abbot of Zhu Rishing Yungdrung Kundak-Ling Monastery, a Bön Monastery in Sikkim, India by His Holiness. He served two years in this capacity, until 2003. In addition, from the time he graduated until 2008, Geshe Denma actively assisted Geshe Nyima Dakpa with the Bön Children’s Home, which cares for many children in Dolanji, India, providing them with food, healthcare and free education.

Geshe Dema also was the treasurer and co-editor of a well-respected publication, Door to Bon, and from 2002–2005 served as the elected secretary of the local Tibetan Assembly in Dolanji. After attaining his geshe degree, he became a senior teacher at the monastery and taught philosophy when he was in residence at Menri.

Geshe Denma traveled frequently to the United States, Austria, Poland, Canada, Russia, Belarus, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland to teach and raise funds for the Bön Children’s Home. From 2009–2013 he often traveled to the United States to participate in Bön practices and learn more about the work his fellow geshes were doing to bring this tradition to the West.

In 2011, Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, founder and spiritual director of Ligmincha International, asked Geshe Denma to become the resident lama of Ligmincha Texas. Geshe Denma accepted and began coming to Houston to get to know the Ligmincha Texas sangha, study English and work to acquire his religious visa, ultimately becoming Ligmincha Texas’s first resident lama in early January 2016.