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Teachers: Ven. Gonsar Tulku Rinpoche

The Venerable Gonsar Rinpoche was born in Shigatse, Tibet in 1949. When he was three years old he was recognized as the fifth incarnation of the Gonsar lineage and was confirmed as such by HH the Dalai Lama.

At the age of six his traditional education began in Sera Monastery under the guidance of the Venerable Geshe Rabten Rinpoche. Gonsar Rinpoche received many teachings and transmissions from HH the Dalai Lama and many other masters, particularly his root gurus Trijang Rinpoche and Geshe Rabten.

In 1959 he flew from the Chinese together with his teacher and many other Tibetans. In India he was able to continue his studies under the care of Geshe Rabten despite the hardships they had to endure for many years while living first at a refugee camp in Buxa, and later in Dharamsala. As part of his studies, he learned English and Hindi. In 1969 he began translating Geshe Rabten's teachings into English for Western students.

Due to many requests on part of Geshe Rabten's Western students, in 1974 he and Gonsar Rinpoche came to Switzerland, where they founded The Center for Higher Tibetan Studies Rabten Choeling.

After the death of Geshe Rabten in 1986 the guidance and responsibility for Rabten Choeling as well as for the affiliated centers in Austria, Germany and Italy was assigned to Gonsar Rinpoche. He is also the abbot of Zongkar Choede, a small monastery in South India. In Winter 1996, Gonsar Rinpoche visited the city of Bloomington, Indiana, where he gave teachings on Lam Rim (Stages of the Path). Gonsar Rinpoche is a co-founder of Dagom Gaden Tensung Ling Monastery which he inaugurated on July 5th, 1998.

Rinpoche's teachings are exceedingly clear, precise and logical and his presence is invaluable. He is the only Tibetan spiritual master currently giving teachings in three languages: English, German and Tibetan.

The first Gonsar Rinpoche, who lived in the times of 7th Dalai Lama, was famous for his particularly wise and comprehensive teachings about the complete path to enlightenment. All Gonsar Rinpoches are significant yogis of the Hayagriva Tantra. The present Gonsar Rinpoche is reknowned as one of the few living masters capable of transmitting every aspect of Buddha's teachings as a clear and moving experience to Western and Tibetan students alike.