Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche holds both Kagyu and Nyingma terma-lineages. The short terma-lineage comes through his great-great-grandfather, the great tertön Chokygur Lingpa. Tulku Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche was recognised by the 16th Karmapa and, following his advice, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche assisted his father Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche in the creation of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery, becoming the abbot when he was 25 years old. More than 40 years later, Rinpoche oversees the spiritual welfare of over 500 monks and nuns in the monastery, Parping Retreat Centre and Nagi Gompa Nunnery.
Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche was born in eastern Tibet in 1953, the second son of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. Recognized by the Karmapa as the fourth reincarnation of Chokgyur Lingpa Rinpoche, he studied at Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim and received transmissions of the entire Nyingma lineage from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Dudjom Rinpoche. He lives at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling, one of the largest monasteries in Nepal, where he serves as Vajra Master, presiding over the Vajrayana rituals for the living and the dead. He is a tertön and lay practitioner with a wife and four children.
Born in 1981 to Chokling Rinpoche and his wife Dechen Paldron, Phakchok Rinpoche is the grandson of Tulku Ugyen Rinpoche and the eldest brother of the Yangsi Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Recognized by the Kagyü regents and ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, he has studied with a number of great lamas, including Khyentse Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, Tulku Ugyen Rinpoche, Penor Rinpoche, Trulshik Rinpoche and Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche. An enthusiastic and vibrant young lama, his teachings are direct, accessible, and always fresh, opening up our minds in a playful and inspiring way.
Lama Öser is one of our very senior monks at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling. He has studied under many great masters and for a number of years was the personal assistant of the great Dzogchen master Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. We are therefore very fortunate that Lama Öser resides here for several months of the year, leading retreats and giving teachings. Lama Öser also supports us with all aspects of our practice and is available, when in residence, to support those who undertake retreat at Gomde UK.
Lama Tenzin Sangpo received ordination and a traditional monastic education at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling and is one of the most knowledgeable and respected lamas at the monastery. Lama Tenzin Sangpo is thoroughly versed in the various Buddhist philosophical systems and is a highly skilled meditation practitioner. Presently, Lama Tenzin Sangpo serves as the resident Lama of Gomde Germany-Austria and travels to teach at many Gomde centers around the world.
Erik Pema Kunsang
In his teenage years, a profound curiosity for knowledge awakened in Erik and led him to the teachings of the Buddha and Padmasambhava. He had the immense fortune to learn the wisdom tradition from many living Buddhist masters. His main teachers are the great Dzogchen master Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and his son Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche. In 2010, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche appointed him with the task of teaching the Dharma. During meditation retreats, he emphasises the discovery of a simple and natural presence to help people to know their mind and the freedom it brings.
Khenpo Tokpa Tulku
Khenpo Tokpa Tulku is a brilliant young Khenpo from Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery. Khenpo is the highest academic qualification within our monastic tradition. Khenpo Tokpa Tulku speaks excellent English and is a brilliant teacher with a rare gift for teaching Westerners, making some of the more complex topics easily accessible.
Lama Tsultrim Sangpo
We have been delighted to welcome Lama Tsultrim Sangpo, a senior monk and chant master at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling, to teach at Gomde UK in 2019. An extremely experienced monk, Lama Tsultrim Sangpo completed the traditional three-year retreat under the guidance of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and currently trains the younger monks at the monastery in the practice of the ritual arts. Lama Tsultrim is also the resident teacher at Gomde California during their summer teaching programme and therefore is very used to working with a Western audience.
“Be calm, kind and clear. This is the most valuable thing we human beings can learn, train in and master. To be happy and live in harmony, liberate our minds and free others: this is my deep wish.”