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Khenpo Gyurme Tsultrim

Khenpo Gyurme Tsultrim was born in the Mugu district of western Nepal in 1969 where he studied reading and writing with his uncle. When he was thirteen, he met Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and became one of the first monks at Shechen Tennyi Dargyeling Monastery in Nepal. In 1985, as the Shechen Philosophical College was not yet built, Khyentse Rinpoche sent him to the Dzongsar Monastic College in India for higher studies. He studied there for six years and then completed the last three years of his study at the Palyul Nyingmapa College in Mysore, India.

He became the first monk of Shechen Monastery, Nepal, to attain the rank of Khenpo, the equivalent of PHD, and was enthroned as such on February 1996. Presently Khenpo Gyurme Tsultrim is the vice-abbot of the Monastery, and teaches at its College. He has traveled to Europe a number of times to give teachings.

Changling Rinpoche

Changling Rinpoche was born in Kalimpong, India, where he studied English at Dr. Graham's School. At the age of ten he as recognized by both Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Penor Rinpoche as the main tulku of Changchub Ling Nyingma monastery in Central Tibet. He was enthroned and entered Shechen Tennyi DargyeLing Monastery in Nepal, where he received teachings and transmissions from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche until the latter passed away in 1991.

When Rinpoche was twelve years old, he entered Shechen Philosophical College (Shedra) and completed his studies at the age of twenty. He has continued to teach at the college while at the same time studying with Trulshik Rinpoche, Rabjam Rinpoche, Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche and other lamas.

Rinpoche is very knowledgeable in the intricate details of ritual, and is in charge of teaching the monk body the ritual tradition and ceremonies of the Shechen lineage. He has taught in Australia two times and will soon visit North America.

Khenpo Yeshe Gyaltsen

Khenpo Yeshe Gyaltsen was born in 1962 in Riwoche, eastern Tibet. He was ordained at the age of fourteen and studied Tibetan medicine, grammar, and composition at his local monastery. During this time he also received many teachings and did short retreats. Once he completed his studies of Tibetan medicine, he worked at the local medical clinic.

In 1986 he walked from Tibet to Nepal in order to study with Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. (teachers/DKR) He joined the first class of the new Shechen Philosophical College (Shedra) and studied there continuously for nine years, and was awarded the title of Lopon. He taught at the College and, in 2000, Rabjam Rinpoche appointed him to the position of principle tutor to Yangsi Rinpoche, the young incarnation of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

In 2003, Trulshik Rinpoche presided over his enthronement as Khenpo, marking the end of his formal studies. Currently he stays in Bhutan with Yangsi Rinpoche where he teaches the young tulku a rigorous and thorough course of study.

Gyalse Tulku

Gyalse Tulku was born in 1980 to a nomad family in the Bumthang region of central Bhutan. His predecessor, Adzom Gyalse Tulku, the third son of Adzom Drukpa, was a terton, the author of numerous liturgies and texts, and had many important disciples. In 1958, he was arrested by the Chinese and put in prison where he gave teachings to his fellow inmates. He passed away in 1969 with many miraculous signs, and left a letter predicting the date and place of his future rebirth and the names of his future parents. Eventually, the letter was given to Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche who sent a search party who found the correct parents, but returned to Nepal with the wrong son.

Realizing their mistake, Khyentse Rinpoche asked for the son born in the Iron-monkey year. By then Gyalse Tulku was nine year old. He came to Nepal and was recognized by Khyentse Rinpoche as the incarnation of Adzom Gyalse Gyurmed Dorjee. He became a monk at Shechen Monastery and took numerous teachings and empowerments from Khyentse Rinpoche.

He continues to receive teachings from Penor Rinpoche, Trulshik Rinpoche, Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, and the Dalai Lama. In 2004, he completed the intensive nine years course in Buddhist Philosophy and graduated from the Shechen Philosophical Institute (Shedra) in Nepal. At present, he teaches classes at the Institute.