OF THE MEMBERS OF THUBTEN SHEDRUP LING
| His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. In 1997 His Holiness
visited Boulder and Denver, Colorado while on his North American Tour. Many members and
friends of TSL attended the teachings at UCLA in 1997, in Madison, Wisconsin in
1998, in Boomington, Indiana. for the Kalachakra in 1999. A large group
will also be attending the teachings in Los Angeles in June 2000.
| Venerable Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen, who resides in Los
Angeles, California, is our beloved teacher and spiritual friend. He has given generously
his time, great skills as a teacher, vast knowledge of the dharma and his loving kindness.
Geshe-la's energy and great good humor elevates all of us.
| Venerable Geshe Lobsang Donyo is a dear friend and wonderful
teacher. His knowledge is great and his ability to convey it impressed us all. At one time
he considered returning to Colorado Springs to stay with us as a spiritual friend and
guide for a time. We fervently hope this comes true.
Geshe Donyo is one of the most eminent scholars and
practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism living in America today. In 1970 he received the
Lharampa Geshe degree, the highest academic achievement in the Gelugpas school of Tibetan
Buddhism, from Sera Je Monastery. Geshe-la then trained for ten years in the practice and
theory of Tantra at the Gyudme Tantric College, where he rose to become the Geko, or
Director of Studies. Geshe Donyo taught for ten years at Deer Park Buddhist Center in
| His Eminence the Ninth Khalkha Jetsun Dhampa visited us in
February 1996. More than a hundred and fifty persons attended his teachings on
Tsongkhapa's Foundation of Excellencies and received a Kalachakra Blessing and
White Tara Empowerment. An outstanding highlight was when His Eminence attended the Denver
Museum of Fine Art showing of Mongolia: The Legacy of Chinggis Khan which contained
many articles made by previous incarnations of the Khalkha Jetsun Dhampa.
| Venerable Geshe Heshe Phegey, resident and spiritual director of
Thubten Rinchen Ling in Houston, Texas. Geshe-la was with us in August 1996 for a series
of teachings on Bodhichitta. We all benefited from his knowledge and understanding.
| Venerable Geshe Lobsang Phende, Chanting Master at Ganden
Shartse Monastery, gave introductory teachings on Buddhism, Death, Bardo, Rebirth and the
Science of Mind. This took place in March of 1997 when the Ganden Shartse monks
constructed a Medicine Buddha sand mandala in the Student Center at Colorado College.
precious resident teacher,
Venerable Bhikshuni Tenzin Kacho.
| Venerable Thubten Dekyong, whom we
affectionately call Tsen-la, has shown us a profound patience and loyalty. She resided
with us for nearly two years and helped us to establish our center when our membership was
very small. Her teachings are insightful and truly from the heart. Tsen-la's
responsibilities as a translator and teacher have kept her traveling most of the last two
years, but in July, 97 she was able to spend the entire month with us and presented a
series of teachings on Transforming the Mind: Achieving Mental Stability and
Wisdom. She also conducted a weekend retreat focused on Establishing a
Sound Meditation Practice.
Venerable Dekyong was born in
Lhasa, Tibet. In 1965, like many other Tibetans, she had to move to Kathmandu, Nepal due
to the invasion of Tibet by the Communist Chinese. She was educated in a Catholic
missionary convent in India and became a Buddhist nun in 1979. She was ordained by Lama
Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal. At the monastery, she
studied Buddhist philosophy and practices and has taught Buddhist meditation courses there
and around the world. for various Tibetan Buddhist teachers. She has also set up a
Buddhist nun's convent in Kathmandu, Nepal, known as Khachoe Ghakyiling.
| Venerable Thubten Chodron was with us in November 1997 when she
gave a well attended series of teachings on dealing with anger and the difficulties of
Ven. Thubten Chodron -- Born in Chicago in 1950, Ven.
Chodron graduated from UCLA in 1971, taught elementary school, and pursued graduate
courses in Education. In 1975, she began practicing Buddhism with Ven. Zopa Rinpoche and
later with Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche. In 1977, she received sramanerika ordination and in
1986, bhikshuni ordination. She studied and worked as spiritual director at Instituto Lama
Tzong Khapa and Dorje Pamo Monastery in Europe, and was the resident teacher at Amitabha
Buddhist Centre in Singapore. She currently teaches at Dharma Friendship Foundation in
Seattle, Washington, USA and travels to teach and lead retreats in many countries. Her
books include Open Heart Clear Mind, What Color is Your Mind? and Taming the
McLeod was born in England and grew up in Ontario, Canada. After
completing a B.A. in mathematics in 1969, he journeyed to India. In 1970,
he met his principal teacher, Kalu Rinpoche, and began his study and
practice of Buddhism. Ken translated for Kalu Rinpoche on his first two
North American tours, helped to develop a center in Vancouver, British
Columbia, and continued his practice and study there. In 1976, Ken entered
the three-year retreat training that Kalu Rinpoche established in France.
On the completion of this training, he again did another three-year
retreat to deepen his understanding and experience. In 1985, Kalu Rinpoche
authorized Ken to teach and placed him in charge of his Los Angeles
center. Faced with the challenges of teaching in a major metropolis, Ken
began exploring different methods and formats for working with students.
Ken founded Unfettered Mind, a non-profit organization in 1990. Ken is the
author of Wake Up To Your Life: Discovering the Buddhist Path of