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~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche
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His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso is the spiritual leader of Tibet. He was born on 6 July 1935, to a farming family, in a small hamlet located in Taktser, Amdo, northeastern Tibet. At the age of two the child, who was named Lhamo Dhondup at that time was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso. The Dalai Lamas are believed to be manifestations of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and patron saint of Tibet. Bodhisattvas are enlightened beings who have postponed their own nirvana and chosen to take rebirth in order to serve humanity.Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Venerable Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche was born in 1946 in Thami, in the Mount Everest region of Nepal, not far from the Lawudo cave where his predecessor had meditated for the last 20 years of his life. Lama Zopa Rinpoche is now the Spiritual Director of the Foundation and oversees all of its activities. For more information about Rinpoche, please go www.fpmt.org.Venerable Abbot Emeritus Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Losang Jampa
Khensur Rinpoche is both a scholar of great knowledge and understanding, and a holder of many traditional teaching lineages. His generous presence and contributions to the Sera Mey Monastic University have proven indispensable. The great master Kyabje Ribur Rinpoche has repeatedly praised Khensur Rinpoche as both a great scholar and master practitioner of Buddha's sutra and tantra teachings. Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche notes that Khensur Rinpoche is widely respected for his patience, compassion, and virtuous character; among Tibetans he is often referred to as the "Buddha Abbott." A living example of Buddha's teachings, Khensur Rinpoche divides his time between personal meditation and practices, and teaching a growing network of western and Tibetan students. He is highly qualified to teaching on all levels of Buddhist practice and to conduct all Buddhist rituals. Dr. Lorne Ladner
Dr. Ladner Lorne Ladner, Ph.D. has served as director of Guhyasamaja Center for over twelve years.Dr. Ladner began studying Buddhist meditation over 25 years ago. Over the years, he has studied Tibetan Buddhism closely with some of the greatest living Tibetan masters and with numerous leading Western scholars. He has been a student of Lama Zopa Rinpoche for many years, and was also a close student of the late Kyabje Ribur Rinpoche. In recent years, he's been studying closely with Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa. Dr. Ladner has also taught Buddhist meditation for a number of years at various meditation centers around the East Coast. Our FacilitatorsVenerable Losang Tendrol
Ven. Tendrol had the good fortune to take ordination with her principal teacher, Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Losang Jampa in 2008. She studied Buddhism in the 1980s at Wesleyan University and later with Geshe Sopa at Deer Park. She completed the two year FPMT Foundation of Buddhist Thought course as well as four years of the FPMT Masters Program. From 2006 to 2009, Tendrol served as the Guhyasamaja Center's Spiritual Program Coordinator. Since 2008, she has led pujas and classes for both adults and children. She is the Editor of the Center's blog and contributed several articles to the Washington Post.Gabe Mata
Gabe began studying Buddhism in 2001 and has been with the Guhyasamaja Center since 2005, when he first took refuge vows from Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Throughout the years he has been involved in most center activities, from volunteering to leading efforts to spread the Dharma in the area. He is currently the center’s Spiritual Program Coordinator and he plans to become an FPMT teacher in the future. Losang Dondrub
Dondrub began studying the Dharma on his own in 2005 and then at Drepung Loseling in Atlanta in 2008. He became involved with the Guhyasamaja Center after moving to D.C. in 2010. He took refuge vows from Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa in May of 2011, and took novice ordination vows in October of 2013. For the last two years, Dondrub has served as the membership coordinator for the center and more recently has begun serving as the Spiritual Program CoordinatorAffiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition.