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Lama Thubten Yeshe, founder of the FPMT

Lama Thubten Yeshe
Founder of the FPMT

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet

His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Inspiration and guide of the FPMT


Lama Thubtn Zopa Rinpoche, director of the FPMT

Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche
Spiritual Director FPMT

Geshe Sonam Gyaltsen

Venerable Geshe Sonam Gyaltsen (born in Tibet in 1941) was ordained as a novice monk as a six-year old in the monastic university of Ganden in Tibet. Following the Chinese invasion in Tibet in 1959, he fled to india, where he continued his studies. He achieved the highest scholarly degree in Buddhist philosophy as a 'Geshe Lharampa', and was appointed as professor to the Central Institute for Buddhist Studies in Leh (Ladakh, India). Since 1992 he is the resident teacher of the Maitreya Institute in Emst and Loenen. His teachings are remarkably clear and show his great intelligence.

Geshe-la teaches in Tibetan, which is translated into Dutch.

Venerable Kaye Miner

Ven. Losang Gendun is a Dutch Buddhist monk. After some twenty years of practice in the Theravada tradition, he ordained as a monk in the Tibetan tradition in 2005. In Nalanda, the FPMT monastery in France, he studied Buddhist philosophy for eight years. Ven. Losang Gendun is active in the area of interreligious and intermonasterial communiction. In total, he spent over three years in retreat. He usually teaches in Dutch.

Eerw. Tenzin Pellha
Ven. Pellha succesfully completed the FPMT translator training LRZTP, and is Dutch or English translator, mainly in Loenen.

Advanced students of the Maitreya Institute such as Annelies van der Heijden, Janny de Boer and Alex de Haan lead meditations, teach courses and lead retreats - but mostly in Dutch.

Guest teachers

His Eminence Zong Rinpoche

Zong RinpocheKyabje Zong Rinpoche Jetsun Losang Tsondru Thubten Gyaltsen (1905-1984) was one of the most important teachers in the Gelug tradition, and a teacher of Lama Yeshe, Kyabje Zopa Rinppoche and Geshe Sonam Gyaltsen.

The current 4th Zong Rinpoche Tenzin Wangdak was born in 1985, and surprises with his erudition and deep realisations. Besides his traditional monastic education in the various schools of the tibetan tradition, he was also educated at Western (American) institutions. This makes him an exceptional teacher who can bridge the old traditions with current 21th century challenges. Rinpoche has his own style of teaching, in which he includes dialogue to share what Tibetan Buddhism has to offer to modern humans.  

Geshe Yeshe Rinchen Geshe Yeshe Rinchen was born on May 7, 1968 in Tibet, and went to school between the ages of 6 and 10, but then he had to work in the fields and help the family. At 16, he entered the local monastery, and was ordained. He learned to read scriptures, memorized some sadhanas and studied some Buddhist texts on cognition and reasoning.
He fled from Tibet in 1990 and traveled to Sera Monastery in South India.
In 2010 Yeshe Rinchen became a Lharampa-Geshe.
Between 2011 and 2012 Geshe Yeshe Rinchen also spent one year in Gyume, the lower tantric college.
From 2013 onwards, Geshe-la has been living in Nalanda Monastery in France, and teaches not only at Nalanda, but also in e.g. Barcelona, Paris, and now in Holland. 
Geshe Tenzin Namdak

Born in 1970 in the Netherlands, Venerable Geshe Tenzin Namdak worked as an environmental researcher having graduated from van Hall Larenstein University in the Netherlands with a degree in hydrology. He started studying Buddhism at Maitreya Institute in 1993 and took ordination from His Holiness the Dalai Lama before engaging in his formal studies in Buddhist philosophy and psychology at Sera Jey Monastic University (SJMU), South India, in 1997. He completed the entire twenty-year Geshe programme at SJMU in 2017, the first Westerner to do so.
Geshe Namdak was a founding teacher of Sera Jey Monastic Translators Training Program, has been a member of SJMU’s Education Department, was one of the founding trustees and teachers of CKSL, a (FPMT) center in Bangalore, and the founding director of Shedrup Sungdrel Ling, a house for western monks studying at SJMU. He has received a great number of explanatory teachings, transmissions and instructions from over 25 highly respected teachers and lineage masters and has done many retreats during the study breaks. He is an experienced teacher in practical and philosophical aspects of Buddhism and teaches with great clarity and a good sense of humour.
See this FPMT web-page for more information.





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