Geshe Tenzin Yeshe (in Shenten Dargye Ling 2011, photo: Christophe

Khenpo Tenzin Yeshe - Biography

Khenpo Tenzin Yeshe grew up in Khyungser in eastern Tibet in a family of nomads. Until the age of 18, he lived in the traditional lifestyle of eastern Tibetan nomads, herding yaks and sheep. At the age of 18, he took vows with Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen Khyungnak and became a monk. He received a thorough education in Bön, practiced the nine preliminaries, the purification of the six realms, and did a tsalung (tummo) retreat and a dark retreat. He received Dzogchen teachings and Phowa instructions from Lungrig Namdak Rinpoche and from Thaye Rangdol Rinpoche.

To pursue higher education leading to the Geshe degree, he had to emigrate to India. Before setting out he made a pilgrimage to Bonri (the mountain of Bön), which he circumambulated 100 times, followed by a pilgrimage to Mount Kailash. Arrived in India, he pursued studies at Tashi Menri monastery in Dolanji for four years under the guidance of Menri Trizin Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche. In 1995, he went to Triten Norbutse monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal, where he studied under Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche and Khenpo Tenpa Yungdrung Rinpoche. In 2003, he graduated from Shedra (dialectic school) with the degree of Geshe.

After receiving Geshe degree, Geshe Tenzin Yeshe remained at Triten Nobutse two more years, teaching the younger moks. From 2005 to 2011, Geshe Tenzin Yeshe has tought Dzogchen, Tsalung, Tummo and Trulkhor in the US and in Europe, for instance, in France and in Poland. He also helped in the construction of the large Bön stupa in Mexico.

In 2011, Geshe Tenzin Yeshe received initiations reserved for advanced Lamas from Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, proving him fully competent to lead a monastery. Geshe Tenzin Yeshe was then appointed Khenpo of Shar Drol Dechen Yangwen Ling monastery and meditation center and went to Tibet to take up his post.

Khenpo Tenzin Yeshe's monastery and meditation center Shar Drol Dechen Yangwen Ling