Kurukulla Center

Our Teachers

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Please see www.lamayeshe.com/otherteachers/hhdl/index.shtml

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Lama Thubten Yeshe

Please see www.lamayeshe.com/lamayeshe/bio_ly.shtml

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Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche

Please see www.lamayeshe.com/lamazopa/bio_lzr.shtml

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Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Chophel (Geshe Tsulga)

1939 - 2010

Please click here for a short bio of the late Geshe Tsulga .

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Venerable Geshe Tenley

Geshe Ngawang Tenley was born in 1969 and in 1989 began preparation to become a monk under the guidance of his uncle, Geshe Tsulga. He was ordained by the late Gyume Khensur Geshe Urgyen Tseten Rinpoche in 1990 and began the program of studies to become a geshe at Sera Je Monastery. During the course of his studies, he has received many teachings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama as well as other highly qualified masters. In 1998, he received his full ordination (gelong) vows from His Holiness, and in November 2008, after eighteen years of rigorous studies, he completed his final exams to be conferred the geshe degree at Sera Je Monastery. He began teaching at Kurukulla Center in 2009, and was appointed the resident teacher by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 2010 following the passing away of Geshe Tsulga. His cheerfulness and humility endear him to everyone he meets.

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Dr. Nicholas Ribush

Dr. Nicholas Ribush received his medical degree from Melbourne University, Australia, in 1964. He first encountered Buddhism at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, in 1972, since when he has been a student of (the late) Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche and a full time worker for the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). He served on the FPMT board from its inception in 1983 to 2002. He was a monk in the Tibetan tradition from 1974 to 1986; established FPMT archiving and publishing activities at Kopan in 1973; and with Lama Yeshe founded Wisdom Publications in 1975.

Between 1981 and 1996 he served variously as Wisdom's director, editorial director and director of development. In 1996 he founded the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive (www.lamayeshe.com), which he still directs. He founded Kurukulla Center in 1989, was center director for the next four years and again throughout 2008 - 2010. He lives with his wife Wendy. You can contact him at nick@LamaYeshe.com.

Having given up a career in medicine to dedicate his life to an even more meaningful path, Nick imparts with great clarity and humor the wisdom of the Buddha's teachings. He has changed the course of many people's lives through his talks.

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Sean Gonzalez

Sean joined Kurukulla in 2004 and quickly became an integral part of our community. His interest in developing community-driven initiatives motivated him to coordinate large center events, like the Elderhostel "Day of Discovery" programs and the Maitreya Project Relics Tour visit. These events energized our community into high-gear participation and have been highly successful to expand Kurukullaís services to a broader audience. As Assistant Director Sean is involved in all aspects of the center and assists the director to execute the centerís myriad tasks and activities. If you are interested in volunteering in the many projects at Kurukulla, please contact Sean directly at sean@kurukulla.org.