Some of the Masters of the Madrid Center are Trustees and some are also Directors of the Foundation. They lead the activities of our center: teachings, practices and meditations, social and development aid projects, etc. In addition to the local activities, they travel to the center of Geyje Norling in India, which is also an officially recognized charity, to help in its management and in development aid projects.
He was born in Nepal in 1973. After showing auspicious signs and asking his parents to be a monk at the age of 10, he was recognized as a tulku *, the 7th Ratag Rinpoché.
He studied at Ganden Jangtse Monastery (India), where he graduated as Geshe Lharampa **, after the required 23 years of study. Later he studied Buddhist tantra at the Gyume Tantric Monastery, obtaining the title of Geshe Nakrampa ***.
In 2012 he was appointed Abbot of Geyje Norling, the Monastery from which the Foundation Lamas come.
He currently divides his time between his work as a teacher in a center in Taiwan and in the Madrid Center of the Foundation, participating in projects of social and development aid.
* A tulku, according to the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, assumes the continuation and custody of a valuable teaching lineage, by showing certain capacities and inclinations from a young age, for which he receives special empowerment and training from a young age. Tulkus are given the honorary title of Rinpoche, a term that means “precious” and that serves to convey proper respect for a great spiritual master.
** Geshe Lharampa title. The Tibetan word Geshe (“ge” means virtue and “she” friend who helps to know) has as meaning: spiritual friend or friend who knows virtue, or who knows what should be practiced and what should be put aside. It is obtained in the universities and institutes of Tibetan Buddhism that continue the great intellectual tradition of the ancient Indian Buddhist universities of Nalanda and Vikramasila. The title is achieved after intensive studies, reflection sessions and debate sessions on classical philosophical texts of Buddhism and their commentaries in different aspects: ontology or nature of reality, epistemology or the way in which man knows, psychology or science of the mind, logic, and ethics or moral behavior. It requires a minimum of 17 years of study, which can be equivalent to a doctorate or PhD, but it also covers other domains such as, for example, monastic discipline. After these studies the teacher is qualified to help others to make progress in wisdom. Once the title of Geshe is achieved, the most advanced students take exams and further study for 6 more years until they reach the degree of Geshe Lharampa.
*** Geshe Ngakrampa title. After attaining the title of Geshe Lharampa, the more advanced students spend a full year at Gyume University studying Tantrayana and, after passing the exams, they obtain the title of Ngakrampa Geshe. Normally afterwards they dedicate themselves to teaching in different centers worldwide.