Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche holds lineages in both Kagyu and Nyingma, Terma lineages. The short Terma lineage comes through his great-great-grandfather Chokygur Lingpa who was one of the greatest Terma treasure revealers. Tulku Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche was recognised by the 16th Karmapa and following his advice Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche assisted his father Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche in the creation of Ka Nying Shedrub Ling monastery and became 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 the great 19th-century tertön 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 Shedrup Ling, one of the largest monasteries in Nepal, where he serves as Vajra Master, presiding over the Vajrayana rituals for the living and 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 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 Oser is one of our very senior monks at the Ka-Nying Shedrup Ling monastery. 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 Oser resides here for several months of the year, leading retreats and formal teachings. Lama Oser also supports practitioners with all aspects of their practice and is avialable, when in residence, to support those who undertake retreat at Gomde UK.
Lama Tenzin Sangpo was born in the Tingri region of Tibet in 1967. Following his escape from Tibet in 1976, he received ordination and a traditional monastic education at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s monastery, in Boudhanath, Nepal. He is one of the most knowledgeable and respected lamas at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling. 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, Chokyi 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 Topka Tulku
Lama Tsultrim Sangpo
We have been delighted to welcome Lama Tsultrim Sangpo, a senior monk and chant master at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery in Kathmandu, 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.”