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Khenchen Kinzang Thinley

Khenchen Kinzang Thinley

President 

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

Khenpo Karma Thai Dorji

Vice-president

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 Sonam Dhendup

Khenpo Sonam Dhendup

Vice-president

Khenpo Sonam Dhedup was born in 1973 at Gangtey Goenpa under Wangduephordang Dzongkhag(District), Bhutan. Khenpo joined the monk at Phumthim Monastery(Central Monastic Body) at the age of 14 and completed his monastic elementary education (GAR-THIK-YANG-SUM, the intensive study on religious dance, mandala drawing and practical study on ritual and rites) from Dechen phodrang Monastery and Phumthim Monastery. In 1993, Khenpo joined Tago Shedra (Monastic Institute) to purse Buddhist philosophical education from the great Buddhist luminaries such as H.E. late Dralop Kuenley Gyeltsen Rinpoche and H.E. Tsugla Lopen Samten Dorji , etc. Khenpo completed all his studies on thirteen set of philosophical Scripture in 2003 and served as a teaching faculty of the same university for three years. In 2006, he received the teachings and empowerment on Chagchen Choedrug (Maha-Mudra) from His Holiness, 68th Je-khenpo Tenzin Dhendup at Chari Meditation center and joined three years retreat at Chari the following year. On completing the three years retreat Khenpo was scarfed as a principal of Drolung Goenpa Retreat Center, and later in 2016 Khenpo was appointed as a Vice-President of Tago Dorden Tashithang Buddhist University by the 70th Je-Khenpo.

Khenpo Nima

Khenpo Nima

Lecturer and Head of Research Div.

Khenpo Nima was born in 1978 at Wangduephodrang Bhutan. Khenpo joined the monk at Dechen Phodrang Monastery 1985 and completed his monastic elementary education (GAR-THIK-YANG-SUM, the intensive study on religious dance, mandala drawing and practical study on ritual and rites) form the same monastery. Later Khenpo joined Tago Sheda (monastic Institute) to pursue intensive study on thirteen set 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 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 competed the three years retreat at Chari Drupdey (meditation center). After completing three years retreat, Khenpo resumed as a teaching faculty on commendation  68th Je-Khenpo(Chief Abbot). Later, Khenpo was appointed as a principal of Sewla Sheda where he served with full dedication for three and half years . To give equally important to the western educations and research, Khenpo surrender the position of Principal and began working as a researcher at Tago Dordhen Tashithang Buddhist University. Khenpo studied the study on research under the guidance of well-known researchers from Hamburg University and etc. Currently, Khenpo is serving as a lecturer plus head of Research Div. at Tago Dordhen Tashithang Buddhist University. Khenpo wrote numbers of books based on Buddhism and materialism, and distributed freely to the schools and Institutes around the country for the propagation of Buddha Dharma. Khenpo is also well-known as a spoke-person on explaining the philosophical scripture authored by the Drukpa Kagyu master Kuenkhen Pema Karpo.  Khenpo also working with ENEW/UNFPA on a project, SRH (Sexual Reproductive Health) and its relation with Buddhism. He aspires to forefront the importance of SRH and breaks the aged stigma that exits around.

Khenpo Karchung

Khenpo Karchung

lecturer and ADM.

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 Tenzin Dorji

Lopen Tenzin Dorji

lecturer

Lopen Tenzin Dorji is from Thongang village of Dagana Dzongkhag, Bhutan. He joined the monk in Dagana Monastery from the early age. He completed his monastic elementary education generally known as GAR-THIK-YANG-SUM (the intensive study on religious dance, mandala drawing and practical study on ritual and rites) at Dagana monastery. He enrolled at Dodeydak Shedra (monastic Institution) and Tago Shedra  to study Buddhist Philosophy such as thirteen set of Buddhist philosophy scripture and done MA (Master’s Degree). He received the teaching on Maha-Mudra from H.H 68th Je-khenpo and done three years meditation at Pelgiri Meditation Center. He served as a teaching faculty of Dodeydak Shedra for more than two years and he was appointed as a head teacher at the same Shedra and served for five years with loyalty after three years retreat. Currently he is serving as a lecturer at  Dordhen Tashithang Buddhist University.

Lopen Yeshi Dorji.

Lopen Yeshi Dorji.

lecturer

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

Lopen Tenzing Pelzang

lecturer

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

Lopen Kuenzang Thinley

lecturer

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 Kinzang Yeshey,

Lopen Kinzang Yeshey,

lecturer

Lopen Kinzang Yeshey was born in Khaling under Tashigang Dzongkhag. He joined the monk after completing higher secondary school (western education). He completed his studies on intensive Buddhist Philosophy like Zhungchen Chusum, the thirteen set of Buddhist philosophy Scripture and Regney (the study on language and literature). He received the teachings and empowerment on Maha mudra from the H.H 68th Je-Khenpo and did four months long preliminary meditation practice at Chari meditation center and three years Retreat at Drolung Goenpa meditation center. After completing the retreat, he was appointed as a lecturer at Dordhen Tashithang Buddhist University.

Lopen Dorji Gyeltshen

Lopen Dorji Gyeltshen

lecturer

Lopen Dorji Gyeltshen was born in Tshentog village under Paro Dzongkhag. He joined the monk at the age of seven at Pungthim Monastery(Central Monastic Body). He completed his Monastic elementary education from Dechenphodrang Monastery. He has done his BA (Bachelor’s Degree in art) and MA (Master’s degree) at  Tago Shedra (Monastic Institution) on Zhungchen Chusum. He received all the important teachings on Drukpa linage including MahaMudra from H.H 68th Je-Khenpo and completed his three years Retreat at Pelgiri Meditation Center. Currently he is serving as a lecturer at Tago Dorden Tashithang Buddhist University.

Lopen Jamyang Tenzin

Lopen Jamyang Tenzin

lecturer

Lopen Jamyang Tenzin is from Gangtey Goenpa under Wangduephordang Dzongkhag. He joined the monk at Phungthim Monastery(Central Monastic Body) and studied at Dechenphodrang Monastery where he studied  monastic elementary education and went to Punakha Norbu-gang to further continue his study on same course. He later on enrolled in Sewla Shedra and Tago Shedra to study intensive Buddhist Philosophy on Zhungchen Chusum and  certified in BA and MA Degrees. He received the empowerment and oral transmission on Maha mudra from H.H 68th and 70th Je khenpo of Bhutan, H.E late Dralop Kuenley Gyeltshen, present Dorji-lopen Kuenley at Chari Monastery before  joining Tago Nyedoen Gatshel meditation center for three years Retreat.  He is now serving as a lecturer Tago Dorden Tashithang Buddhist University.  

Lopen Jamyang Choephel

Lopen Jamyang Choephel

lecturer

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. 

Lopen Tsewang Rinzin

Lopen Tsewang Rinzin

Lecturer

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.

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Lopen Sakya Singye

Lopen Sakya Singye

Lecturer

Lopen Singye Wangchuk, alias Sakya Singye has joined the monk at the age of 20 in the year 2006. Before ordaining into the monkhood, Lopen studied modern education till higher secondary school at Drukgyel High School, Paro. Lopen completed his intermediate studies on Buddhist philosophy at Sha-Kothakha Rinchenling Buddhist Institute in 2010. Lopen done his BA (Bachelor`s degree in Arts) from the same Buddhist Institute in 2014 and completed his MA (Master`s degree in Arts) from Tango Buddhist University in 2018.

Lopen served as an English and computer teacher for more than 7 years in Rinchenling Buddhist Institute while completing his Degrees. Lopen also has diploma in Japanese Language and Cultural studies and IT from Reitaku University, Chiba, japan under the Santario Heroike Scholarship. Currently, Lopen is serving as a teaching faculty at Tago Dorden TashiThang Buddhsit University.