Venerable Tenzin Palmo was born in Prague, Czech Republic, but met the Dharma in the furthest corner in the world – in New Zealand – while backpacking in 2007. Two years later she took refuge with Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche at Kopan Monastery and three years later took the novice vows from His Holiness the Dalai […]

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Geshe Sherab joined Kopan at an early age and studied at Sera Je Monastery in South India, where he earned his Geshe degree. He returned to Kopan Monastery where he now serves as Headmaster at the Kopan Monastery school. Geshe-la has been teaching Westerners since 2009.

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Geshe Losang Sherab is a highly respected member of the Kopan Monastery sangha and holds a Master’s (Geshe) degree in Buddhism. Since 2009, Geshe-la has taught Westerners extensively in Europe and Asia and has been ordained for more than 28 years.

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Recognized as an incarnate lama from an early age, Cherok Lama Rinpoche is the reincarnation of Charok Lama, a contemporary of Lawudo Lama Kunzang Yeshe from the Solu Khumbu District of Nepal.  

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Geshe Thubten Jinpa was ordained by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 1990 and since then has studied and completed the geshe course at Kopan Monastery. He graduated as a rabjampa geshe from Kopan Monastery in 2010 and then after one year of intensive study and exams at Sera Je Monastery and University he was awarded with Special […]

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Venerable Lobsang Namgyel, of Australian nationality, has been living in India and Nepal studying Buddhism for more than 20 years with such masters as H.H. the Dalai Lama, Denma Locho Rinpoche, Choden Rinpoche and Geshe Sonam Rinchen. He has completed four years of lam-rim retreats, as well as many other tantric retreats. During his more […]

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Ordained since the late 1970s, Ven. Robina has worked full time since then for Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s FPMT. Over the years she has served as editorial director of Wisdom Publications, editor of Mandala Magazine, executive director of Liberation Prison Project, and as a touring teacher of Buddhism. Her life and work […]

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Venerable Joan first met the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in 1987 and that same year did her first one-month November course at Kopan Monastery, Nepal. After doing a second one-month course in 1988, she received ordination as a nun with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala. After spending a couple of years doing retreat, she moved to […]

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Venerable Tenzin Namdrol has been a nun for more than 25 years and has lived at Kopan Monastery almost the entire time. Highly experienced, her teachings are clear and easy to understand. Ven.Tenzin is well known by the many Westerners who have come to Kopan for a course, and she is loved and respected for […]

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Born in 1948 in Italy to American parents, Jimi was raised in America and attended the University of Southern California. He first came to India in 1971-72, and in 1974 met Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa at Kopan Monastery, Nepal. He was ordained by Lama Yeshe in 1980. A monk for 15 years, Jimi divided […]

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