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RECENT TEACHERS
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 Madison, Wisconsin.

   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.

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Our 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 attachment.

   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 Monkey Mind.

 

 

 

   Ken 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 Attention.

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