Ehrwürdiger Lama Tenzin Jottotshang
Born 1942 in Lhasa. During his school years, he learned Tibetan calligraphy. He became a monk and entered Sera monastery in Tibet where he studied Buddhist philosophy until his flight in 1959. In 1967, acting on the wish of the Dalai Lama, he came to live in the monastery Rikon in Switzerland. He has taught Tibetan writing and language since 37 years, both to Tibetan and Swiss people. He represents the Rikon monks community in several committees and is the Master of Rituals when the Dalai Lama is in Switzerland. Lama Tenzin is a spiritual adviser in Rikon and takes care of many Tibetan as well as western people.
Ehrwürdiger Geshe Lobsang Palden
Born 1935 in East Tibet, abbot and one of the main teachers of the Geshe studies of the university monastery in Sera- Je in south India. He entered monastic life with eleven years and changed when he was seventeen to the university monastery Sera in Tibet. 1959 he fled to India where he completed his degree as Lharampa Geshe and Acarya. Today he is in charge of circa 3500 monks. His visit is a great honor since Geshela is very learned and very much in demand.
HE. Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche
Ihre Eminenz, Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpohce wurde 1967 geboren und ist die älteste Tochter von Kyabje Mindrolling Trichen Gyurme Künzang Wangyal, dem 11. Tronhalter der wohlbekannten Mindrolling Linie. Die Mindrolling Linie ist eine der sechs Haupt-Nyingma Linien des tibetischen Buddhismus. Einige der grössten tibetischen Meister ihrer Zeit wurden in diese Linie geboren. In der Mindrolling-Linie gibt es die einzigartige Tradition der Jetsünmas, weiblicher Meister und grosser Lehrerinnen. Die Jetsünmas wahren Töchter verschiedener Mindrolling-Tronhalter.
Als Jetsünma Khandro Rinpoche zehn Monate alt war, wurde sie als Reinkarnation der grossen Dakini von Tshurpu, Khandro Orgyen Tsomo, der Gefärtin des 15ten Karmapa erkannt. Kandro Orgyen Tsomo war in ganz Tibet bekannt als verehrte Meisterin. Somit ist Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche, als Jetsünma in der Mindrolling-Line auch ein Tulku in der Kagyu Linie und hält beide, die Nyingma und die Kagyu Linien.
Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche führt verschiedene Dharmazentren in der ganzen Welt, wo sie lehrt und Übertragungen gibt. Sie teilt ihre Zeit mit lehren, Retreats und Studien.
Seine Eminenz Loden Sherab Dagyab Kyabgön Rinpoche
H.E. Dagyab Rinpoche was born in 1940 in Eastern Tibet. He received a traditional education in the monasteries Drepung, Ganden and Ratö in central Tibet. An eminent Lama, he fled to India in 1959, in the company of the Dalai Lama. Dagyab Rinpoche was the director of the Tibet House in Dehli, India for two years. Then, in 1966. he was invited by the University of Bonn to teach Tibetan Studies at their Central Asian Institute and to live in Germany. He is married and has two grown children. In 2005, he founded the Tibet House in Frankfurt, under the patronage of the Dalai Lama. H.E. Dagyab Rinpoche has a large number of students and is one of the most prominent Tibetan Buddhist teachers of the present day.
Ehrwürdiger Lama Kunsang
Born 1976 in the Mount Kailash area of Tibet. He studied for seven years in Drikung Kagyupa Monastery, Dehradun, in India. Then he went into a three year retreat, dedicated to the “6 Yogas of Naropa” and the five-fold path of Mahamudra. He concluded this time with the distinction, “Master of Retreat”.
In 2005 the Drikung Kagyu Dorje Ling Center in Frauenfeld, with Venerable Lama Kunsang as the leading lama, was inaugurated with the blessing of H.H. Chetsang Rinpoche.
Ehrwürdige Jampa Sangmo Karuna
Born 1949 in Germany. She is a former sports teacher, physiotherapist and yoga teacher. She was married and has a grown-up son. She came to Tibetan Buddhism in 1989 thanks to her activities in the “Deutsche Tibethilfe”, an aid organisation for Tibetans. Studied for seven years with Geshe Thupten Ngawang in Hamburg. Since 1991 Lodrö Rinpoche has been an important teacher for her. She studied Chöd since 2002 with Jetsün Dhampa Khalkha Rinpoche . In 2004 she became a novice nun and in 2009 she was ordained a Bhikshuni. She lived for several years in the nuns monastery Thösamling in Dharamsala, India.
www.thosamling.com Ani Jampa Sangmo lived for sometime in this Gömpa (Monastery) near Daramshala in India.
www.jetsundhampa.com Homepage of Jetsün Dhampa Khalka Rinpoche
Pargang Rinpochewas born 1978 to a Tibetan family in Nepal. When he was two years old, he was recognized as the 8th incarnation of Lama Pargang. He entered Sera Monastery in southern India when he was four years old and completed classical studies in Mahayana Buddhism.
His main orientation is Buddhist philosophy, in which he excelled from an early age. He married in 2006 and now lives in Barcelona, Spain teaching at his center, Nansang and continuing his studies in western philosophy, science and languages. His vision is to create bridges between eastern wisdom teachings and western philosophy.
www.nansang.es the Homepage of the Venerable Pargang Tulku Rinpoche
Ehrwürdige Sönam Pälmo Karuna
Bhikshuni Sönma Pälmo Karuna was born in Switzerland in 1966; she was educated as a cook and housekeeper in the Spitex organisation. 1997 she met the Venerable Lodrö Rinpoche and became his student. Since 2000 she is a novice nun and since 2004 a fully ordained Bhikshuni. 2002 she moved to the Buddhist center Samdup Dölma Ling in Erlenbach to become Lodrö Rinpoche’s personal assistant. She supports him with his translation work; the books and leaflets steadily increase. Since several years, she teaches foundation courses as introduction to the practice of Vajrayana.
www.samdup.org Bhikshuni Sönma Pälmo wohnt, als Lodrö Rinpoches Assistentin im Dharmazentrum Samdup Dölma Ling
Ehrwürdige Rita Riniker
Ani Rita is Swiss, 60 years old and since 1991 a Tibetan Buddhist nun in Dharamsala, India; there, in the Tushita Meditation Center, she gave courses on the foundations of Buddhism and Meditation. She teaches since years in Switzerland, Europe, Israel, Australia and New Zealand. With her earthy, humorous and sensitive approach, she creates bridges between Buddhism and western religions. She teaches in such a manner that the themes can be rapidly assimilated into everyday life.
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Ehrwürdige Ayya Agganjani
She has been a nun for many years and a student of Sayadaw Dr. Nandamalabhivamsa, a Burmese Buddhist monk and teacher. She translates his courses in Germany and assists him in Europe and Myanmar. She completed a Buddhadharma diploma course at the International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University (ITBMU) in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). She translates and writes about Abhidharma and Vipassana.
Ayya Agganyani in Wat Sibounheuang With Links to Vipassana-Texts
Born 1968 in Tibet. He came to Switzerland as a young boy and received a western education. He was a monk for many years in Rikon Monastery where he was educated by the best teachers. Later he completed further Buddhist studies in India specializing in the Kalachakra Kalachakra teachings, Lu Jong and various meditation techniques. He teaches in Rikon monastery and in various other places in Switzerland and Europe. His main teachers were Geshe Urgyen Tseten Rinpoche, S.E. Choekyi Nangwa Rinpoche and many others.
www.lotendahortsang.ch Hompage von Loten Dahortsang
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Yogastudio Zürich, mit Informationen zu Lu Jong
Ani Namgyal Chökhy
Getsülma, born 1954 in Fribourg; Pedagogue, Social Pedagogue, Supervisor and Management Consultant.
Her first contact with Buddhism was in the 70s. In 1989, she was ordained a nun in the Soto Zen Monastery of the Zen master Taishen Deshimaru and conducted meditation groups for many years.
In 2007, she met Venerable Lodrö Rinpoche, who ordained her as Rabschung, then as Getsülma (novice). She is enrolled in the systemic Studies of Buddhism at the Tibet Center e.V. Hamburg. She is living, since December 2011, as Lodrö Rinpoche’s student, in the Chöd and Meditation Center Ganden Chökhor, in Churwalden.
Sabine Hayoz Kalff
Born 1952. Meditation teacher, president of the Buddhist Center Zollikon, co-worker and teacher at Tara Libre, the meditation network around Sylvia Wetzel. She has occupied herself with the theory and practice of Tibetan Buddhism since 1981 and leads practice days and weeklong courses on Buddhist philosophy and meditation since ten years, on the practices of Green Tara and the Dakinis, on painting and imagination. Ongoing further training with Sylvia Wetzel, Lodrö Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Tsültrim Allione etc. She is married to Martin Kalff and is mother of Kevin.
Natascha Keller Gassmann
She is Chöd practitioner since many years, a founding member and at the moment president of the Association Ganden Chökhor.
Together with her husband, her children, Bhikshu Gen Lo Norbu as well as further students, she helped Lama Lodrö Rinpoche to found the center Samdup Dolma Ling/Wish-fulfilling Tara Island in Erlenbach, where Rinpoche has been living since then.
Born 1951 in Düsseldorf, has lived since many years in Hamburg. Originally a qualified mathematician, has worked as an alternative practitioner and Qigong teacher / trainer for the German Qigong Society (DQGG), complementary trainings in Shiatsu, Jin Shin Jyutsu® and Client Centered Counseling after Carl Rogers. She was a student of Hetty Draayer, since 2000 a student of H.H. Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche with regular retreats in India.
Born 1970, qualified social worker. A Buddhist since 1994, he has passed the third level of Systemic Studies in Buddhism. He works since 2001 for the Tibet Center in Hamburg and is a Tibetan language translator since 2004, freelancing also for lamas and centers of various traditions. He conducts meditations, supervises school groups and is a support to many interested persons.
Born 1969, she grew up by the lake of Zürich. Studied Psychology and Behavioral Therapy and works as a school psychologist with children, teenagers and their parents. She is married and is the mother of a two-year-old daughter. She is a Buddhist since 1997 and has studied and practiced since then mainly as a student of Lama Lodrö Rinpoche.
Special education teacher and musician; since 1982 study and practice in the Shangpa Kagyü and Gelug traditions of Tibetan Buddhism; an ordained monk with Kalu Rinpoche for 13 years; a student of Dagyab Rinpoche and Lodrö Rinpoche since many years. He teaches at the Tibet House Frankfurt; leads courses and retreats especially in Lo Jong, Prajnaparamita and Vajra Poetry.
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Marina Auf der Mauer
Born 1962 in Bosnia and brought up as a Roman Catholic. German language and literature studies. Later, in Switzerland, she studied Social Work, her present profession. She is married to a Swiss and is the mother of two grown sons. She is a student of Lama Lodrö Rinpoche since 1993.
Jörg Jakob Duckwitz
Born 1968 in Bensberg near Cologne, Germany. He is a qualified special education teacher and an art therapist. Further education in social therapy, psychodrama, systemic therapy, training in the School of Lost Borders.
Since 2000 outpatient, psychosocial care of chronically ill patients (Aids) as well as prevention and counseling at the university hospital and the correctional facility of Cologne.
Since 1992 a student of Geshe Thubten Ngawang, Geshe Urgyen Tseten Rinpoche, Dagyab Rinpoche, since 2001, Lodrö Rinpoche.
A practitioner and staff member at the Buddhist Center Zollikon, student and assistant of Sylvia Wetzel and Sabine Hayoz Kalff. Music as a Path and meditation training with Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan (Sufi Tradition) and others (1988 – 1995). On the Buddhist path since 1996, especially Vipassana, Tara Practice and Lo-Jong. An enthusiastic singer, improvisations and choirs since many years, takes care of the Tara group in Zollikon and leads courses in meditative singing.
Ethnologist and Shaman researcher, author and scientific nomad. She lived in the early 80s among Native Americans, then in India where she taught at Varanasi University and researched in the Tibetan Himalayas. After that, she went to Mongolia and its bordering regions and has been researching there ever since. Since several years, she lives mostly in Mongolia, initiating projects to keep the nomadic oral traditions alive. She has founded the Friends of the Altai Association.
Born 1961, she grew up in the canton of Solothurn. She is a qualified seamstress and has a diploma in fashion design from the KGSZ, Zürich. Independent fashion designer with international contracts in the fashion industry until 2004. She lives together with her partner and is the mother of a 17-year-old son. Further education: Feng-Shui, Tibetan Massage and Nurses Assistant SRK. She is a student of Lodrö Rinpoche since 2000 and is an active volunteer at the centers Samdup Dolma Ling and Ganden Chökhor.
In Ganden Chökhor, Christina Gasser is the storekeaper of the Dharmashop.
Painter and Author; studies and practices Buddhism since 1989; director of the Tibethaus Frankfurt; editor of the Buddhist magazine Chökhor; cultural and social work for and in Tibet. She is president of the Association for the Dagyab Region in Eastern Tibet, which supports the restoration of some of the oldest monasteries in Tibet. A student of Dagyab Rinpoche since many years, she teaches at the Tibet House Frankfurt.
www.elke-hessel.de, Homepage von Elke Hessel
www.tibethaus.de Elke Hessel leitet das Tibethaus in Frankfurt
Born 1964 in Munich; psychologist and psychotherapist with her own practice in Biel. After a trip to Asia in 1995, she began practicing Buddhism in the Theravadan and Tibetan traditions. She has spent altogether three years in Retreat. She studied and worked with Sylvia Wetzel for many years and later, also with Tsultrim Allione, whose courses she assisted. She is a student of Lama Lodrö Rinpoche since 2000 working with him on the translations and publications of his Chöd commentaries. Since 2003, she teaches courses on the 21 Taras.
www.claudiawebinger.net die Homepage von Claudia Webinger
Born 1946 in Basel; architect in Schaffhausen. He came into contact with Buddhism and Hinduism during his repeated travels to India in the 60ies. Ten years later, he met his teacher, the Venerable Geshe Gendün Sangpo, who was then the abbot of Rikon monastery. Together with his partner, he founded the first center of Geshe Gendün Sangpo in Schaffhausen. Further important teachers were the Ven. Geshe Rabten and the Ven. Geshe Jampa Lodrö. After the death of Geshe Gendün Sangpo he became a student of the Ven. Lodrö Rinpoche. Together with him he translates and studies practice texts from English and Tibetan.
Born 1957, teacher at the School for Gestaltung und Kunst in Zürich, works as an artist. Studied traditional techniques of painting. Since 1993 a Buddhist and student of Ven. Lodrö Rinpoche, and at the same time studies of thangka painting. She paints thangkas from original Tibetan texts, sometimes collaborating with Tibetan Buddhist masters and Tibetan artists.