Bon-Gya Rinpoche was born in 1935 in Nothern Amdo region of Rebkong in Tibet. In Rebkong he rebuilt the Bon-Gya Monastery where the monks are taught the art of debate and dialectics, practice of Dzogchen meditation, and Tibetan and Zhang Zhung arts and literature. Bon-Gya Rinpoche is the author of eight books on subjects as varied as Bon philosophy and Dzogchen meditation to poetry and Zhang Zhung and Tibetan history. He is invited all over the world to attend scholarly and spiritual seminars on Bon and Zhang Zhung and Tibetan traditions. He resides at Bon-Gya monastery and gives spiritual guidance to his wards.
Chaphur Kunzang Gyaltsen Rinpoche
Chaphur Kunzung Gyaltsen is the Chaphur lineage senior lama. He was born in 1967 and became a monk at 10 years of age at Nangzhig Monastery, taking his vows from his Uncle Chaphur Tenzin Gyaltsen and Gyawob Rinpoche. In 1989, he received his Geshe degree in Nangzhig Monastery. Normally, he spends most of his time in retreat practicing tantra and Dzogchen.
Geshe Lhundup Chaphur - born in 1977 in Amdo Ngaba (Tibet). For 15 years Geshe had been studying in Bon Dialectic School of Menri Monastery in Dolanji (India) Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen. In 2008 received the geshe degree. Commonly known for his writting skills. Menri Monastery has published the two books written by Geshe Chaphur. One of them is the collection of the poetry written in Tibetan (Waves of an Uncontrived Mind), the second one is the historical study (Footsteps of Shenrab from Olmo Ling). The founder and spiritual director of Gyalshen Institute placed in San Francisco Bay Area (US). Many times has visited the Europe as an assistant of Menri Lopon Trinley Nyima Rinpoche.
Geshe Nyima Woser Choekhortshang Rinpoche
Geshe Nyima Woser Choekhortshang was born in a village next to the Samling monastery, Dolpo, Nepal on 15th June 1976. He received a modern education and learnt English, Hindi and Tibetan. During his studies in the Menri monastery he received a special opportunity to serve as a secretary of His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizin, the spiritual head of the Bon religion, for eight years. He was honored with the Geshe degree in 2008.
Tog Den Won Po Chongtul Rinpoche - born in 1967 in Himachal Pradesh (India). Educated at Bon Dialectic School of Menri Monastery in Dolanji (India), where he studied Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen, as well as astrology and literature. In 1990 received the geshe degree. At the age of 27 became one of two teachers of the monastery, where he taught for another eight years. Recently the aboot of the Chong Tsang Monastery placed in Amdo Sierpa in Tibet; the found of Sa Trik Er Sang in Poland and Germany and Bon Shen Ling in New York. The last 10 years Chongtul Rinpoche has been teaching in Europe and Northern America.
Shedrup Lopon Geshe Gelek Gyatso Rinpoche
Shedrup Lopon Geshe Gelek Gyatso Rinpoche is one of the head teachers of the Bon Dialectic School at Menri Monastery. Rinpoche received the Geshe degree in 2006 after more than thirteen years of study and has visited and taught in western countries several times.
Khenpo Gelek Jinpa
Nagru Geshe Gelek Jinpa - born in Kham (the eastern part of Tibet) in 1967. As a novice he started his studies at Thongdrol Ritrod Monastery. Geshe continued studying at Menri Monastery and Triten Norbutse Monastery as well, where in 2001 he achieved geshe degree. He took a part in scientifical study of Tummo, as a participant, who accomplished 100 day retreat; cooperated with dr Charles Ramble and Kalpa Group. The effect of this cooperation was the production of the documentary movies and publication of books. He travels regularly to teach a growing number of students throughout Europe, as well as in the US. In 2013 he was inaugurated as the abbot (khenpo) of Shenten Dargye Ling.
Tenzin Tarke Gurung
Geshe was born in Dolpo, Nepal. He holds a Geshe (doctor of philosophy) degree from Triten Norbutse Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal. After completion of his Geshe degree he served as teacher to the younger monks at Triten Norbutse for three years. He also served as Umze (chant leader) at Triten Norbutse for one year. Geshe Tenzin Tarke has performed the traditional Bon mask dance in several cities throughout Europe.
Khenpo Ratsa Geshe Tenzin Dargye
Khenpo Ratsa Geshe Tenzin Dargye was born in 1965 in Jomsom, Mustang. As a child, he was tutored at home by his father and sent to India at the age of 9. At the age of 14, he decided to become a monk. He studied in the Bon dialectic school and achieved his Doctor of Philosophy from Menri monastery in 1996. After this, he worked as the organizer of the Bon Children Welfare Center and the dispensary for 6 years.
Geshe Murig Nyima Kunkyap Rinpoche
Geshe Murig Nyima Kunkyap Rinpoche was born in 1964 in a small village called Tichu-rong, Dolpo, Nepal which was once a province of Zhang Zhung. The founder of Dolpo Bon Society and Bon Religion Association.The master of Sutra, Tantra and Dogchen of Bon tradition. He is also the head lama of Nepal Bon Religion Association of Nepal and Dolpa Youngdrung Committee (which was founded by him). He became a monk in 1982 in Menri Monastery. In 1993 achieved geshe degree. Rinpoche has been teaching in USA, Mexico, India and Russia since many years.
Kyabgon Gyawob Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
Gyawob Rinpoche was born in 1927 in Amdo Ngawa. At the age of 7, Rinpoche entered the Nangzhig monastery and began his primary education until he completed all the monastic studies. As Nangzhig Kyabgon Tenpa Rabgye appointed him as the representative of Nangzhig monastery, Gyawob Rinpoche took the responsibilities to look after all the interior and exterior matters of the monastery. Rinpoche visited Lhasa, Beijing, Hrang-he and Hrin-tig. He gave there empowerments and instruction on the practice of Yungdrung Bon to a large number of students of Chinese origin. Thus he did great benefits to many sentient beings. In collaboration with Nangzhig Kyabgon, he established the Higher Education Centre of Yungdrung Bon Teachings and Practices at Nangzhig Monastery in 2001.
Lama Khemsar Rinpoche
Lama P. Khemsar (Khyimsar) Rinpoche is the founder and spiritual director of The Tibetan Yungdrung Bön Study Centre United Kingdom, The Tibetan Yungdrung Bön Institute Miami and Kunzhi-Ling Lugano in Switzerland. Rinpoche has been teaching in the West for almost 20 years. From late 1960s and early 1970s, Lama P. Khyimsar Rinpoche received his spiritual training in Dolanji, India, under the tutelage of many prominent masters.
Latri Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche
Latri Khenpo Nyima Dakpa Rinpocze - born in 1962 in Dorpatan (Nepal). Educated at the Bon Dialectic School of Menri Monastery. There he received the teachings from Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche and Lharam Geshe Yungdrung Namgyal. In 1987 received the geshe degree. The director of the school and head of the orphanage, which he founded in Dolanji for kids of bon families. The founder of Yeru Bön Center and Institut Sharda Ling as well. The author of "Opening the door of Bon". Has given the teachings in USA, Great Britain, Germany, and Poland.
Geshe Khorden Lhundup Gyaltsen
Geshe Khorden Lhundup Gyaltsen - born 15th December 1976 in Bachen city laying in Hor region (Kham, Tibet). He had begun his education in the Bon tradition before he had joined in the monastery, receiving ngondro ngozhi and dzogchen teachings, teachings from the fields of Kanjur and Tenjur texts. Afterwards, he joined in to the Menri Monastery, where he studied sutra, tantra and dzogchen, philosophy, logic, Tibetan grammar, poetry, astrology and sanskrit. In 2008 he attained geshe degree of Menri Monastery. Now lives in Paris, France, where he is improving his French language and provides Trul Khor yoga and meditation practice classes. He cooperates also with Ecole pratique des hautes études (EPHE, Sorbonne) and its professor of Tibetan philology and history - Charles Ramble.
Nangzhig Kyabgon Kalsang Lodro Gyatso
Nangzhig Kyabgon was born in 1983. He studied with Yongzin Tenzin Yeshé as well as other teachers. He became an expert in philosophy and science, particularly the unique Bön doctrine and philosophy. He went to study at the Buddhist University in Beijing and graduated in the doctrines and philosophies of various traditions. In brief, he has completed his studies of Bön Sutra, Tantra, Dzogchen as well as other Tibetan cultural sciences and philosophies. Thus, he is the head and the throne holder of the Nangzhig Monastery.
Pondse Jigme Tenzin (Jorge René Valles Sandoval)
Tulku Pondse Jigme Tenzin—born Jorge René Valles Sandoval on Aug. 17, 1996, in Chihuahua, México—is considered the reincarnation of the great Bon master Lopon Sangye Tenzin Rinpoche (1917–1978). Only a few weeks after Jorge René’s birth, Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche informed his parents, Caty and Jorge Valles, that Jorge Rene was the incarnation of Lopon Sangye Tenzin Rinpoche, who served as head teacher of Menri Monastery in India. (Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche had stayed in the Valles' house in September 1995 while giving teachings in Mexico and had felt a strong connection then with the family.)
Geshe Rinchen Tenzin
Geshe Rinchen Tenzin is born in 1974 in Do Khams, Tibet. His family members are Ngakpas. Since 2008, he teaches Medicine and Philosophy in Menri monastery. In 2009, he took part to one important Traditional Medicine symposium in Bhutan. He's been teaching in Russia every year for seven years also.
Geshe Samten Tsukphud
Geshe Samten Tsukphud was born in Khyungpo, Eastern Tibet, in 1975. His grandfather was a famous thanka painter and practitioner. There are also well-known thanka painters on his mother’s side, among them Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche’s uncle: Yangpel.
Tempa Dukte Lama
Genyen Tempa Dukte Lama is an ordained Tibetan Bon lama. He is the founder and spiritual director of Olmo Ling Bon Center and Olmo Ling Publications. He is an artist, poet, and the author of Journey into Buddhahood Inexhaustible Miracles and The Intimate Mind. Central areas of his work include translations and commentaries on Bon teachings and practices, and the creation of an educational program geared toward the needs of psychologists and medical professionals in the areas of healing, compassionate care and spiritual support for the dying.
Geshe Tenzin Drukdak
Geshe Tenzin Drukdak is a Bon lama, doctor and healer who has studied Tibetan medicine from the age of 12 with teachers of Tibetan medicine including Darma Gyaltsen. Geshe received his geshe degree from the Bon Dialectic School at Menri, India in 1994. Since 2001, Geshe has served as the Khenpo of the new Bon Dialectic School at Togden Monastery in Amdo, Tibet. He teaches worldwide, in Tibet, China and the West.
Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin Rinpoche
Gomdra Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin Rinpoche is born in East Tibet (Kham), province of Hor. On request of his grandfather he become a monk at 13. He studied at Lungkar Gompa, Menri Monastery and Triten Norbutse, where in 2001 achieved geshe degree. Thanks to his great insight, in year 2002 he was appointed, by Yongdzin Rinpoche, as the abbot of Meditation School in Triten Norbutse Monastery.
Lama Yongtong Tenzin
Lama Yongtong was born in a Tibetan village in Amdo Ngaba in 1972. In 1988 he became a monk in Nangzhig Monastery. He received lessons on Ngondro and main practice of Yungdrung Bon from Gyawob Rinpoche with emphasis on Tsa-lung and Kek-Sel; studied medicine and traditional physical therapy techniques, Kek-sel, ku-Nye from Amchi Chokpar, a famous Tibetan doctor, and received certificate in that field. He immigrated to the United States in 2002. He is the resident Lama of YYEF Bon Center and also assists Geshe Chaphur Rinpoche to run Gyalshen Institute.
Ponlob Tsangpa Tenzin Rinpoche
Ponlob Tsangpa Tenzin Rinpoche - in 2001 he was awarded the degree of Geshe, making him one of only six Geshe that had graduated from Triten Norbutse up to that point in time. Following his graduation, he continued to study, practise and teach at Triten Norbutse. In 2004, he was appointed and enthroned as Ponlob Rinpoche of Triten Norbutse Monastery by and with the blessings of H.H. Menri Tridzin Rinpoche, H.E. Yongdzin Rinpoche and Khenpo Tenpa Yungdrung Rinpoche
Tsultrim Namgyal Rinpoche
Tsultrim Namgyal was born in 1966. From Yogi Nyima Tsultrim Rinpoche he received Ngondro, general teaching of Bon and instructions on extraordinary Dzogchen. In 1984, when he was 20 years old, he abandoned worldly life and become monk. In 1986 he joined Meri monastery.
Kündröl Namkha Thinley Wangyal Rinpoche
Kundrol Rinpoche is the seventh reincarnation of the great Kundrol Jatson Nyingpo of Tibet. Kundrol Jatson Nyingpo was a great terton, revealer of hidden treasures and founder of the great seat of learning Mongyal Monastery in Tibet. Since the birth of the first Kundrol Rinpoche in 1700 AD, reincarnations of the Rinpoche have successively appeared.
Yangton Sherab Tenzin Rinpoche
Lama Tenzin Sherab Rinpoche was born in 1953. Rinpoche grew up in the family, which belongs to the famous in Tibet family lineage Yangton - Bon Dzogchen practitioners. Currently, Sherab Tenzin Rinpoche is the main Lama monastery of Samling. Samling Monastery is one of the largest and most important founded by Yangton Gyaltsen Rinchenom in the 13th century. Rinpoche is widely known and respected in the Himalayas as a great spiritual teacher and physician specialized in traditional medicine. Regularly visits and gives the teachings in Russia.
Geshe Yangtön Lama Tashi Gyaltsen Rinpoche
Geshe Yangtön Lama Tashi Gyaltsen Rinpoche is a descendent of the esteemed Yangtön lineage whose history is closely interwoven with the history of Yungdrung Bön itself. It is said that two of Lord Tonpa Shenrap’s direct disciples were Yangtön lamas.
Yangton Tashi Gyaltsen
Yangton Lama Tashi Gyaltsen Rinpoche was born into the profound Yangton lineage in 1954 in Chharkha, in the remote region of Dolpo, northwest Nepal. He is the cousin of H.E Menri Ponlop Trinley Nyima Rinpoche and the first Chharkha-pa to come to Menri Monastery in India at the behest of H.E. Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, in later years bringing his cousin and others.
Geshe Tenzin Yangton
Geshe Tenzin Yangton is the resident lama at Serenity Ridge Retreat Center, the headquarters of Ligmincha International located in rural Nelson County, Virginia.
Born in 1974 in Chharka (pronounced “Tsarka”), a remote village in the Dolpo region of western Nepal bordering Tibet, he is part of the ancient Yangton lineage, said to go back to the time of Buddha Tonpa Shenrap more than 18,000 years ago and traceable to Yangton Sherap Gyaltsen, who was born in 1077.
Geshe Yong Dong
Geshe Yong Dong was born in the village of Nagpa, Amdo, Tibet in 1969. At 16 years old, he took his "Gelong" monk's vow from his beloved root teacher, Gyaltsap Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. In March 1992 at age 24 he was awarded the Geshe degree. In January 2003, Sherab Chamma Ling, Tibetan Bön Buddhist Centre, was officially formed with Geshe as its Resident Lama. In May 2003, a rental room was obtained to hold regular teachings and meditation practice.
Khenpo Yonten Gyatso
Khenpo Yonten Gyatso is the head of Yungdrung Kundakling, a Bön monastery in the south of Sikkim (Kewzing) which was built in 1984 by the venerable Yungdrung Tsultrim. Belonging to Shutsang Gompa lineage, Yundrung Kundakling had been destroyed in Tibet by the Chinese and the aim was to bring back this monastery to life in India. After the passing of ven. Yungdrung Tsultrim in 2008, Khenpo Yonten Gyatso took the responsibility of this monastery, at the request of Lopön Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche.
Geshe Yungdrung Gyatso
Geshe Yungdrung Gyatso Choekhortshang was born in the Himalayan region Dolpo in Nepal in 1980. At the age of ten he met his teacher, H.E. Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche. In 2008 he concluded the studies and was conferred the degree of Geshe. After his studies he underwent special meditation and Trul-khor retreats and served as the administrator of the school and clinic of Tibetan medicine. At present he is editor in chief of "Drepoi Beltam" Journal of Triten Norbutse and has taken on responsibility for reconstruction of Tashi Namgyal monastery in his homeland Dolpo.
Lama Yungdrung Lodoe
Lama Yungdrung Lodoe lives in Valle de Bravo, Mexico, where he is a teacher with Ligmincha Mexico. Born in Tenchen, Tibet, in 1978, Yungdrung Lodoe entered Tondol Ritod Monastery in Chumpo, Tibet. In January 2011, Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche asked Lama Lodoe to come to Mexico to paint mandalas for the Great Bon Stupa for World Peace at Chamma Ling Valle de Bravo. He has lived in Mexico since that time, working on projects for the Stupa.