His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche

Prince Iska Minh, later recognised as His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, was born in Taipei in 1965 to a Mongolian Royal Princess of Xinjiang, Dewa Nimbo, whose family had escaped to Taiwan.

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His Eminence Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche

Born in the Tibetan Year of the Earth Mouse (1948) in Eastern Tibet, His Eminence Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche was recognised as the 4th incarnation of his lineage by His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang.

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His Eminence Dagpo Rinpoche

His Eminence Dagpo Rinpoche

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Born in 1932 in the region of Kongpo in south-eastern Tibet, His Eminence Dagpo Rinpoche, also known as Bamchoe Rinpoche was recognised by His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of Dagpo Lama Jampel Lhundrup at the age of two.

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His Eminence Kundeling Rinpoche

His Eminence Kundeling Rinpoche

Lamas September 27, 2015 5 906

His Eminence the 13th Kundeling Rinpoche’s auspicious birth took place on 13 January 1959, which coincided with a lunar eclipse and “Makar Sankranti”, an important religious festival for Hindus all over India and Nepal.

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His Eminence Daknak Rinpoche

His Eminence Daknak Rinpoche

Lamas September 17, 2015 2 342

His Eminence Kyabje Daknak Rinpoche is considered by many to be the Nirmanakaya form of Buddha Amitabha and Dharmapala Setrap and is seen as a Living Buddha at both Zetho Monastery and Sera Mey Monastery.

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His Eminence Serkong Dorje Chang

His Eminence Serkong Dorje Chang

Lamas September 7, 2015 5 607

H.E. the 2nd Serkong Dorje Chang was a prominent Lama during the time of H.H. the 13th Dalai Lama. Formerly a monk of Gaden Monastery, Serkong Dorje Chang is the only Lama in Gelug history whom the Dalai Lama has advised to return his ordination vows and take on a consort.

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His Eminence Zava Damdin Rinpoche

His Eminence Zava Damdin Rinpoche

Lamas September 4, 2015 3 856

Born in 1975, Zava Damdin Rinpoche was recognised in the year 2000 as the reincarnation of one of the greatest Buddhist masters, yogis, healers, scholars and mahasiddhas in Mongolia, Zava Lam Damdin.

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His Eminence Rongtha Kyabgon Rinpoche

The current Rongtha Kyabgon Rinpoche Lobsang Thubten Jigme Namgyal was recognised by His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of the previous Rongtha Rinpoche. It is said that the 9th Panchen Lama Thubten Choekyi Nyima also sent his representatives.

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His Eminence Zawa Tulku Rinpoche

Born in 1978 in Dharamsala, India, Zawa Tulku Rinpoche entered Gaden Shartse Monastery in 1982 as instructed by His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. He received his ordination vows from the illustrious Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche.

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His Eminence Dagri Rinpoche

His Eminence Dagri Rinpoche

Lamas August 18, 2015 2 547

His Eminence Dagri Rinpoche was born on the 5th day of the 11th Tibetan month in 1956 amidst miracles and auspicious signs. In 1957, Dagri Rinpoche was recognised as the incarnation of the 4th Dagri Dorje Chang.

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His Eminence Achok Rinpoche

His Eminence Achok Rinpoche

Lamas August 12, 2015 5 448

In 1976, an erudite young lama of the Gelugpa tradition, His Eminence Achok Rinpoche was born in Bomdila, Eastern India and was recognised as the 4th incarnation of Achok Rinpoche of Lithang, Tibet by His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang.

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His Eminence Gyumed Kensur Rinpoche Sonam Gyaltsen

His Eminence Gyumed Kensur Rinpoche Sonam Gyaltsen, better known in monastic circles as Gen Tati, was born on 13 March 1926 to a family of nomads in the region of Atsa, Tibet.

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His Eminence Kyabje Lati Rinpoche

His Eminence Kyabje Lati Rinpoche was born in the Kham region of Eastern Tibet in 1922 and entered monastic life at the tender age of 10 upon being recognised as the incarnation of the great practitioner Gongkar Rinpoche.

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His Eminence Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche

Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche was an eminent Lama and renowned scholar of the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He was also one of the most senior Tibetan Buddhist masters to bring the holy teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa to the West.

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His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche

His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche was a renowned Dharma scholar and highly realised meditation master who held his vows very strongly. Under his abbotship, Gaden Shartse Monastery’s mastery of Buddhist studies continued to excel.

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His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende

In 1941, Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende was born near Gaden Monastery in Lhasa, Tibet. Admitted to Gaden Shartse Monastery when he was 12 years old, Kensur Rinpoche received his novice vows from one of the greatest masters of our time, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.

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Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Lamas June 19, 2015 3 1,489

His Eminence Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche is an internationally renowned Buddhist monk, meditation teacher, scholar and author. He is the founder of the New Kadampa Tradition, an entirely independent Modern Buddhist order based primarily on the teachings of the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

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His Eminence Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen

Described as “one of the last living Tibetan Buddhist masters to have been trained in Tibet” before the Tibetan Uprising on 10 March 1959, Venerable Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen was born in 1924 in the Kham province of eastern Tibet.

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Venerable Lama Thubten Yeshe

From a very young age, Venerable Lama Thubten Yeshe gravitated towards spirituality to such an extent that even as a child, whenever a monk would visit their home, he would beg to leave with the monk and join the monastery, despite his fondness for his parents.

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Venerable Dromtug Rinpoche

The 18th Dromtug Rinpoche was recognised by His Eminence Serkong Tritul Rinpoche as an emanation of Avalokiteshvara and Mahasiddha Mahipa, one of the 84 Mahasiddhas of India.

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