Khenchen Kinzang Thinley was born in remote village of Haa Dzongkhag (District), Bhutan. Khenpo joined the monk at a very young age of 7 at Punthim Monastery(Central Monastic Body). After completing all eight levels of elementary education which is generally called as GAR-THIK-YANG-SUM (The intensive study on religious dance, mandala drawing and practical study on ritual and rites) at Punthim Monastery, Khenpo joined Phajodhing Shedra (Monastic Institute) to receive basic Buddhist Philosophical teachings and study on Rigney (the study of language and literature) from H.E. late Dralop Kuenley Gyeltsen Rinpoche, Vajra Acharya Ngawang Tenzin, Yanglop Kuenley and Dralop Sangay Dorji. Later, he enrolled at Tago Shedra to pursue higher study on Buddhist philosophy such as thirteen set of philosophical scripture on Buddhism from great scholars such as late H.E. late Dralop Kuenley Gyeltsen Rinpoche, Yoenten Lopen Tandin Tshewang and Khenpo Khandro . After graduation of Acharya Degree(Master’s Degree), Khenpo served as a teaching faculty of Tago Shedra for more than six years with loyalty and dedication. Khenpo received profound teaching on Maha-Mudra(Chakchen) and empowerment and oral transmission of Drukpa Kagyu linage from H.H Vajradhara 68th Je-Khenpo Jetsun Tenzin Dhendup. Khenpo completed his three years mediation at Chari Drupdey (Meditation center). Khenpo also served as a Retreat Master of Yoedselgang Meditation Center for a year after completion of three years retreat. Khenpo further served as a principal of Sang Nga Choe khor Shedra and Lekshey Jungney Shedra for three and two years respectively. Before appointing as a president of Dordhen Tashithang Buddhist University in 2014, he served as a principal of Sangchen Dorji Lhundup Nunnery Institute at Punakha.
Khenpo Karma Thai Dorji was born in 1979 in Khebjekha village at Wangduephordang Bhutan. Khenpo joined the monk at a very early age and received his monastic elementary education (GAR-THIK-YANG-SUM, the intensive study on religious dance, mandala drawing and practical study on ritual and rites) from Pungthim and Dechenphodrang Monastery. After completing monastic elementary education, Khenpo joined Tago Shedra (Monastic Institute) to study intensive Buddhist philosophy such as Zhungchen Chusum (the study on thirteen set of Buddhist philosophical scripture) and Rigney (the study of language and literature) from H.E. late Dralop Kuenley Gyeltsen Rinpoche, H.E Tsugla Lopen Samten Dorji and Khenpo Kuenzang Thinley. After completing Master’s Degree in 2000, Khenpo served as a teaching faculty of Tago Shedra for more than three years. Later, in 2015 Khenpo was appointed as a vice president of Tago Dordhen Tashithang Buddhist University.
Khenpo Nima was born in 1978 at Wangduephodrang Bhutan. Khenpo joined the monk at Dechen Phodrang Monastery in 1985 and completed his monastic elementary education (GAR-THIK-YANG-SUM, the intensive study of religious dance, mandala drawing, and practical study of ritual and rites) form the same monastery. Later Khenpo joined Tago Shedra (monastic Institute) to pursue intensive study on thirteen sets of philosophical scripture from the great personage like H.E late Dralop Rinpoche Kuenley Gyeltshen Rinpoche, H.E Tsugla Lopen Samten Dorji, and Khenpo Kuenzang Thinley. On completing his MA (master’s degree in Buddhist Philosophy) Khenpo served as a teaching faculty of the same university for three years with loyalty and dedication. Khenpo received the profound teachings and empowerment on Maha-Mudra (Chakchen) from H.H the 68th Je-Khenpo and completed his three years retreat at Chari Drupdey (meditation center). After completing three years retreat, Khenpo resumed as a teaching faculty on the commendation of the 68thJe-Khenpo(Chief Abbot). Later, Khenpo was appointed as a principal of Sewla Shedra where he served with full dedication for three and half years. To give equal importance to western education and research, Khenpo surrendered the position of Principal and began working as a researcher at Tago Dordhen Tashithang Buddhist University. Khenpo studied research under the guidance of well-known researchers from Hamburg University and etc. Khenpo served as a lecturer cum head of Research Div. at Tago Dordhen Tashithang Buddhist University. Khenpo wrote a number of books based on Buddhism and materialism and distributed them freely to the schools and Institutes around the country for the propagation of Buddha Dharma. Khenpo is also well-known as a spoke-person explaining the philosophical scripture authored by the Drukpa Kagyu master Kuenkhen Pema Karpo. Khenpo also worked with RENEW/UNFPA on a project, SRH (Sexual Reproductive Health), and its relation with Buddhism. He aspires to the forefront of the importance of SRH and breaks the aged stigma that exists around it. Khenpo participated in many international and national seminars and organized regional seminars on Buddhism and Science. Khenpo facilitated the awareness training and conference on Buddhism and Women and gave a talk on modern and conventional research. In the year 2021 Khenpo was appointed as Vice President of the University by the Central Monastic Body of Bhutan.
Khenpo Karchung was born in 1970 in Gongtse Phangma village at Tashigang. Khenpo joined the monk in 1986 after completing his secondary education from Yangchenphug High School. Khenpo was the first batch of three years meditation center at Chari opened by H.H 68th Je-khenpo Tenzin Dhendup in 1990. Khenpo practiced Mahamudra teaching continuously for more than 23 years at place like Zongkha Goenpa, Tago, Pelgiri and Zasi Pogto before becoming a meditation instructor at Youngla Goenpa in eastern Bhutan. Khenpo also spent several years as a solitary hermit at Jhomolari, Mentsiphug, Naro, Lingzhi, Bumdrag, Chimphu, Bumthang Kola, Thowa Drag, Aja Nye in Mongar and Singye Dzong in Lhuntse. In 2006, Khenpo wrote a book called “Dakalingpai Drangtam” in Dzongkha about the journey of life through the mountains and presented to the Dzongkha Development Commission. It contains Dzongkha spelling tenet probably used by the ancient scholars of Tago Monastery. Khenpo then began to study Samskritam in Sampurnananda Sanskrit University in Varanasi, India at the age of 41. Later, Khenpo continued to study in Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidya Peeta in Andhra Pradesh and completed the studies of Panini vyakarana within six years. During his stay in India, he was selected from the university to attend the “Glory Fest” in Orissa at Puri beach which was held as a whole of India competition to deliver speech as well as to compete in art work etc. Khenpo wrote a book named “Upon My Life Again” and presented it to Head of English Department at Sampurnananda Sanskrit University. Khenpo received several certificates from the competitions. Back in Bhutan, Khenpo wrote a book “Hiranya Kunchila” (The Golden Key) and “Jyotsna” (The Moon light). Currently Khenpo is serving as a Sanskrit instructor and ADM of the University .
Lopen Yeshi Dorji is from Lobesa under Punakha Dzongkhag. He joined the monk at Pungthim Monastery(Central Monastery Body) and went to Dechenphodrang Monastery for monastic elementary education. He studied on intensive Buddhist Philosophy such as Zhungchen Chusum (Study on thirteen set of philosophical scripture) and Rigney (study of language and literature) from H.E late Dralop Kuenley Gyeltsen Rinpoche, H.E Tsulag Lopen Samten Dorji and Gashey Tshering Dorji at Tago Shedra. He received all the teaching on Drukpa linage like Maha mudra from 68th Je Khenpo Tenzin Dhendup joined Chari Meditation Center for three years retreat . He is now serving as a lecturer at Tago Dorden Tashithang Buddhist University.
Lopen Tenzing Pelzang is from Gaselo of Wangduephordang Dzongkhag,Bhutan. He studied monastic elementary education (GAR-THIK-YANG-SUM, the intensive study on religious dance, mandala drawing and practical study on ritual and rites) at Wangduephodrang Monastery. He studied Buddhist Philosophy like Zhungchen Chusum (Study on thirteen set of Philosophy Scripture and Rigney (Study of language and literature) at Tago Shedra. He received the profound teaching on Maha-Mudra from H.H 68th Je-Khenpo and done three years retreat at Pelgiri Meditation Center. He is currently serving as a senor lecturer at Tago Dorden Tashithang Buddhist University.
Lopen Kuenzang Thinley is from Talo under Punakha Dzongkhag, Bhutan. He joined the monk from the young age at Pungthim Monastery(Central Monastery Body). He spent five years at Pungthim Monastery to study monastic elementary education. Later on, he joined Dechenphodrang Monastery to complete the monastic elementary education, GAR-THIK-YANG-SUM (the intensive study on religious dance, mandala drawing and practical study on ritual and rites). He joined Dodedrak Shedra and Tago Shedra (Monastic Institution) for higher studies on intensive Buddhist philosophy such as Zhungchen Chusum, the thirteen set of philosophical scripture on Buddhism and Rigney, the study on language and literature. He received important teachings on Drukpa linage including Maha-Mudar from H.H 68th Je-Khenpo and completed three years meditation at Chari Meditation Center. On completing his retreat, he was appointed as a teaching faculty of Tago Dorden Tashithang Buddhist University.
Lopen Jamyang Choephel is from Bumthang Dzonkhag. He joined the Punthim monastery (Central Monastic Body) at the age of 13 and completed his Monastic elementary education. He joined Simtokha Shedra for pre-university education and later on to Sang nga choe khor and Tago Shedra for Bachelor’s and Master’s degree studies on Zhungchen Chusum. He received empowerment and oral transmissions on Maha mudra form H.H 68th and 70th Je-khenpo and H.E Dorlop Sonam Gamtsho. He done his three years Retreat at Chari Meditation Center. He is serving as a lecturer at Tago Dorden Tashithang Buddhsit University at present.
The 38 years old Lopen Tshewang Rinzin is from Lhuntshe Dzongkhag. Lopen joined the monk at the age of ten at Lhuntshe Monastery and later enrolled in Mongar Kethekhar Shedra and then to Tago monastery to pursue higher studies on intensive Buddhist Philosophy and certified in MA (masters degree in Buddhist Philosophy) in 2006 from Tago University. Lopen then studied Samskritam and Buddhist poetry at Sampurnananda Sanskrit University in Varanasi, India. Currently, Lopen is serving as a Sanskrit lecturer at Tago Dorden Tashithang Buddhist University.
Lopen Karma Chophel is from Lhuntshe Dzongkha. He joint the monk at the lhuntse Dratshang. Lopen completed his monastic elementary studies from Jangchubling Dratshang and Lhuentse Dratshang and had certified in Buddhist intermediate course from Kithekhar Shedra. He did his BA and MA in Buddhist Philosophy from Kanglung Wogming Choekhortse Shedra and Doreen Tashithang Buddhist University. Lopen is currently a Phd candidate of the University.