Geshe Sherab Lodoe

Ligmincha Teachers

Geshe Sherab Lodoe is the head teacher at Lishu Institute in northern India, founded by Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche for the intensive study and practice of Bön.

Geshe Lodoe was born in 1975 in a Bönpo village called Tsarong, located in the Kham region of Tibet. He comes from a Bönpo family, and his father was a tantric practitioner in the Monastery of Wadag Bön Gon. He began his education with Lama Sherab Lodoe from the Tro Tsang lineage. He then obtained the preliminary teachings from Kalsang Yungdrung, the abbot of Ta Gon Monastery. At age 21, he was ordained a novice monk by Kalsang Yonten Gyatso from the Amdo region of Tibet.

While on a on pilgrimage to the sacred mountain Kongpo Bön Ri, the 22-year-old monk heard about Menri Monastery in India and felt a strong calling to receive teachings there. He undertook the extremely difficult journey of walking from Tibet to Nepal through the Himalayas. He reached Nepal, continued on to India and finally arrived at Menri Monastery in February 1999. This year, on the auspicious fifth day of the Tibetan New Year—which is also the birthday of the great Bön Master, Nyame Sherab Gyaltsen—he was ordained as a monk by the 33rd Menri Trizin, His Holiness Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche, and His Eminence Menri Lopon Trinley Nyima Rinpoche.

One month later, on March 19, he was admitted to the Bön Dialectic School of Menri Monastery. He studied dzogchen, tantra, sutra and all the other 10 sciences of the Bön tradition. After 15 years of intensive study and practice, he received his geshe degree in 2014.  During his studies, he gave lectures to the young monks. In addition, he was elected as the president of the Bön Dialectic School in 2012 and was the treasurer for one year. Geshe Lodoe was appointed by His Holiness Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche to represent the Bön tradition at conferences involving all the main five schools of Tibetan Buddhism (Bön, Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu and Gelug).

In 2015 Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche asked Geshe Sherab Lodoe to become the master instructor for Lishu Institute near Dehradun, India. As the head teacher, he is responsible for lectures, discussions and practice sessions for an internationally diverse group of students. His teaching responsibilities include sutra, tantra and dzogchen. In 2018 Lishu Institute asked Geshe Lodoe to take the role of onsite manager in addition to his teaching role. He has gladly taken on this assignment and now oversees the day-to-day operations of the school.