His Holiness the XIV. Dalai Lama
His Holiness Sakya Trizin Rinpoche
His Holiness Sakya Trizin Rinpoche is the head of the Sakya school and according to His Holiness the Dalai Lama one of the most important representatives of Tibetan Buddhism. He belongs to the very old, high-ranking Khoen family, whose history can be traced back to the first days of Tibet. From an early age on he gave empowerments and oral transmissions. The enthronement of His Holiness took place in 1959. In the same year he and his entourage left Tibet.
Today, he lives with his family in Rajpur where Sakya monastery was reconstructed in 1964. His Holiness Sakya Trizin works incessantly for the preservation and spreading of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
Her Eminence Sakya Jetsuen Chimey Luding
H.E. Jetsuen Chimey Luding is one of the great female lamas and masters of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. She is the sister of H.H. Sakya Trizin. From an early age on she has been able to undergo intensive studies and has practiced Buddhist teachings from high-ranking Sakya masters. At the age of 11, she was already teaching thousands of monks and did several intensive meditation retreats. She came to India in 1959 after her escape from Tibet and now lives with her family in Vancouver.
At several requests of His Holiness Sakya Trizin, she started to teach again at the beginning of the 1980s.
His Eminence Loden Sherab Dagyab Kyabgoen Rinpoche
His Eminence Loden Sherab Dagyab Kyabgoen Rinpoche is the originator of the Tibet House. He came to Germany in 1966 in response to an invitation from Bonn University to work as a Tibetologist at its Institute for Central Asian Studies. In the 1980s, due to the explicit request of people interested in Buddhism he began to be active as a spiritual teacher for Europeans. The Buddhist community Choedzong e.V. came into being as a result of this collaboration and together with Rinpoche founded Tibet House.
Rinpoche was born in East Tibet in 1940 and at age four he was recognized as the IX.Kyabgoen (protector) of the region of Dagyab. He is one of the highest Tulkus in Tibet. In 1959 Rinpoche escaped with His Holiness to India. From 1964 to 1966 he directed the Tibet House in New Delhi, which is an internationally recognized institute for the preservation and support of the Tibetan culture.
For more than 40 years Rinpoche has lived with his family near Bonn. A list of his publications -- academic works about Tibetan Buddhist art, iconography and symbolism, translations of religious texts from Tibetan into German, introductory explanations for western Buddhists - can be downloaded as PDF files here.
The "Yellow Brochure" by Dagyab Rinpoche with the title "Ein guter Mensch sein - Einige grundsätzliche Gedanken über menschliche Kommunikation." (How to be a good human being. A few fundamental thoughts about human communication), can be downloaded here for free.
S.E. Dagyab Kyabgoen Rinpoche is known to hold the most transmissions of the Gelugpa lineage, but also many transmissions of the Sakya- and Kagyue lineage.
Zong Rinpoche is the Deputy Spiritual Director of Tibet House and is connected to the student body about Dagyab Rinpoche for over 15 years.
He is the reincarnation of the legendary Zong Rinpoche, who has contributed greatly to the spread of Buddhism in the West.
Zong Rinpoche was born in 1985 in Kulu, North India and studied and taught at Ganden Shartse Monastery in South India. S. H. the Dalai Lama appreciates him and his knowledge and very sees him as a hope for the generation of young Tibetan Rinpoche.
With Western culture he is very familiar, since he visited as a child a Montessori school (which is very unusual), and he lived for some time in the US. He speaks a very decent english.
Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche
Lodroe Tulku Rinpoche was born in Dahor/ East Tibet in 1942 and studied in Sera until he had to escape to India in 1959. He was a lecturer at Calcutta University teaching the history of religion. In 1967 he came to Switzerland following the request of H.H. Dalai Lama. For more then three decades he was working as teacher, translator and author in the monastic Tibet Institute in Rikon. Nowadays, he lives in Erlenbach near Zuerich and directs the centers Samdup Droelma Ling/Erlenbach, Yiga Tschoedsin/Zollikon and Samten Tschoeling/Winterthur.
He speaks excellent German and published a collection of rare Choed texts in German translation.
Nyagre Khentrül (Gelek) Rinpoche
Nyagre Khentrül Rinpoche, better known under the name of Gelek Rinpoche, belongs to the last generation of Tibetan masters having received their education and training still in Tibet. Kyabje Ling Rinpoche and Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, tutors of H.H. the Dalai Lama, were his spiritual masters, too. Rinpoche is a reincarnation of the Dagyab Tulkus. As he studied together with H.E. Dagyab Kyabgön Rinpoche at the monastic university Drepung (Lhasa), he has a very friendly connection with us. Gelek Rinpoche is the spiritual director of Jewel Heart, a Tibetan-Buddhist and cultural study center in America and The Netherlands. www.jewelheart.nl
His book entitled "Life Is Death, Death Is Life" became a bestseller.