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Teachings in 2015: Visit of Dagri Rinpoche from November 06th to the 13th 

We are very happy to welcome Dagri Rinpoche for a week of teachings.

During this period Rinpoche will teach at Nalanda monastery and at Vajra Yogini Institute.

Dagri Rinpoche

Here is the planned schedule; these schedules could be changed, so please check the website regularly. 

  • Dates of 2015 visit from November 06th to the 13th
  • At Vajra Yogini Institute, 6th of November 2015

    • Friday: Rinpoche arrival at 03:15pm at Toulouse airport and around 04:00pm at Vajra Yogini Institute
    • Friday 08:00pm: Medicine Buddha initiation
  • At Nalanda Monastery, 7th-12th of November 2015

    • Saturday 10am - 12am: Vajrasattva Initiation
    • Saturday 03pm - 06pm: Commentary to Vajrasattva practice
    • Sunday 10am - 12am: Teaching on Root Wisdom of Nagarjuna
    • Sunday 03pm - 06pm: Teaching on Root Wisdom of Nagarjuna
    • Tuesday 07pm - 09pm: Teaching on Root Wisdom of Nagarjuna
    • Wednesday 07pm - 09pm: Teaching on Root Wisdom of Nagarjuna
    • Thursday 07pm - 09pm: Teaching on Root Wisdom of Nagarjuna
  • Departure on November 13th

Rinpoche will continue with teachings on the 'Uma Tsawa Sherab' (Mulamadhyama-karika), a text from Nagarjuna. We, and the nearby Institut Vajra Yogini, might additionally ask for an initiation.For those who would like to prepare for these teachings, below is the last year's transcript on this subject.

You may also download the audio records.

If you would like to stay at Nalanda during these teachings, please mail

See you again!

Your Nalanda Team


Official biography

Source (Sera Jey Monastic University)

The unbroken line of Vajradhara Kyabje Dagri Rinpoche reincarnations dates back to the Buddha Shakyamuni's time to the Sthavira Suvarna Klash Neten Ser Beu to the great Tibetan Master Gonpo Sonam Chogdhen from whom His Holiness the great fifth Dalai Lama received oral transmission of the entire Kangyur Readings. Prior to this reincarnation, has taken the form of great many Indian and Tibetan Buddhist Masters.

The first Dagri Reincarnation Khenchen Gyatso Thaye received his monastic education at Sera Jey and went on to become one of the debate assistant Tsenshab to His Holiness the 8th Dalai Lama. He spent many years at the Potala Palace. Served as the great master ofTibetan Buddhism.

The Vajradhara Master gave extensive teachings at all the three principal Seats of Gelug Monastic Tradition - the Sera, Drepung and Gandhen Monasteries - and a large number of highly respected and accomplished Masters and Scholars became his disciples. Thus offered great services to the cause of Buddha Dharma until 1755.

The second, third and fourth successive reincarnation of Vajradhara Dagri Rinpoche, all underwent complete Monastic education at this great (Sera Jey) Monastery. After completing studies at the Monastery, all of them engaged in giving extensive empowerments, oral transmissions, textual teachings at all the three great seat of Gelug -Sera, Gandhen and Drepung Monasteries including both the Upper and Lower Tantric Colleges. There was a large number of close disciples and followers many of them were established Masters in themselves and among them are serving and former Abbots of the three principal Monasteries.

The masters came to be respected as great Teachers of the sentient beings and in particular emerged as the highest-ranking Masters within the Gelugpa hierarchy.

The masters are renowned as the holder of the complete initiations and oral transmissions and secret teachings of both the Sutra and Tantra, and are highly accomplished master of Yamantaka and Hayagriva Deity practices.

The fifth reincarnation of Dagri Thupten Lhundup Tenpai Gyaltsen entered Sera Jey Monastery keeping with the tradition. Completed His entire training and study programme, and in the year 1989 successfully passed the prestigious Lharam Geshe Examinations. The same year, Rinpoche entered Lower  Tantric College and successfully completed entire Tantric studies and ritual practices and trainings there.

Since 2000, Rinpoche has been doing retreat in Dharamsala and during this time, on repeated request and prayers from his vast number of disciples, students and followers in India, Nepal, Europe, North America and South East Asian countries, Rinpoche has been giving teachings and initiations and transmissions by traveling to these countries. In the process, the seed of liberation and enlightenment have been germinated in the heart of countless number of fortunate beings across the world.

Khen Rinpoche Acharya Geshe Lobsang Palden
Abbot & Chairman

Mandala Magazine 2009

Dagri Rinpoche, who was born in Tibet in 1958 and escaped to India in 1982, is a recognized tulku with a Geshe Lharampa degree.

Mandala featured Dagri Rinpoche in the August-September 2007 issue, when he talked to Katy Fradet about the importance of integrating ngondro (preliminary practices) into one’s daily meditation practice.

His teaching schedule has been taking him mainly to parts of Europe and Asia, where he has been teaching lam-rim, lojong and philosophy as well as giving initiations, conducting fire pujas and teaching tantric commentaries.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has this to say about Dagri Rinpoche:

“The very nice thing about him is that he always talks about Lama Yeshe, and he very much wants the FPMT to succeed. He is one of the lamas His Holiness has great trust in and he is a lineage holder.”

Dagri Rinpoche does long life meditation every day for Lama Zopa Rinpoche, with whom he feels a very close connection. In his previous life he was a close disciple of Pabongka Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe was his disciple. In this life Lama Yeshe took some care of him. When Lama died, Lama Zopa Rinpoche took on the responsibility and brought him out of Tibet. His Holiness the Dalai Lama hopes that in the future he will teach in Tibet and take care of the lineage.

Dagri Rinpoche also took on the responsibility of having an extremely special White Mahakala (and one other) house made of colored thread. A house is one storey high and costs 100,000 rupees. The white one is now finished. Traditionally, only very wealthy people and monasteries would have these made. Dagri Rinpoche had this made from his own side for the success of FPMT.

He is reputed to be one of the Sixteen Arhats. More importantly, according to Nalanda Monastery’s Geshe Jamphel:

"the way to rely on a lama is not dependent on whether he is a tulku and whether you are inspired by the stories from his past life. It is not taught in the texts that when investigating whether someone is a qualified lama, you investigate what he is said to have done in a previous life. Rather, you should investigate what he is doing in this life.”

There is plenty of evidence that Dagri Rinpoche’s present life is exemplary and inspirational. From the time Dagri Rinpoche was asked by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to teach at Nagarjuna C.E.T. Valencia in Spain at Saka Dawa in May 2002, he has established a strong connection with students there, reports Rafael Ferrer.

Ven. Kaye Miner, resident teacher at Maitreya Instituut Amsterdam and director of Maitreya Instituut Emst, had this to say about Dagri Rinpoche’s 2006 “beautiful” visit:

“It was a rare experience to have such a warm and heart-touching lama stay with us; he made everything so easy. He was continually warm and giving, praising Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, supporting FPMT. It really helped to inspire us all.”

And during Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s visit to Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa in Italy in June 2008, Rinpoche convinced Dagri Rinpoche to stay on, just so Rinpoche could organize a Long Life Puja especially for him (Mandala October-December 2008).

Jean-Paul Gloor, director of Gendun Drupa Centre in Switzerland, says that Dagri Rinpoche’s five-day visit to the center in July 2008 was preceded by “a mixture of happiness, thankfulness, stress and impatience” as students prepared for his arrival.

“As soon as he arrived, his smile and his attention towards each of us deeply touched our hearts. He demonstrated true simplicity – strength and sweetness at the same time. He made a definite conquest of our souls with his glance, his words, and sense of humor, as well as his answers – often to questions which were not even formulated out loud! We were inspired by his various and numerous interventions!”

Dagri Rinpoche also paid a visit to a local hospice where he gave a talk on the subject of death and compassion, and a day center for people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. He gave a public talk on the subject of compassion in our world, gave a commentary on the Heart Sutra and the Perfection of Wisdom, guided a Guru Puja with a tsog and concluded with a Medicine Buddha initiation, as well as having many private conversations providing advice to students for their practice.

“How precious and inspiring it is to be close to a teacher who is fully what he is teaching,” Jean-Paul said.

Astrid Awlad believes that Dagri Rinpoche’s blessing is making the impossible come true for her. She has a house and land in the Swiss mountains and credits Dagri Rinpoche’s support with being able to get through bureaucratic and family requirements to turn it into a retreat house.

“In September 2007 when Dagri Rinpoche came to Switzerland and gave teachings and initiations in the FPMT’s Longku Zopa Gyu Centre in Berne, he did various pujas to bless and purify the house and surroundings,” she said. “In July 2008 he came again and gave a Chenrezig jenang outside on the veranda. From the depth of my heart and with much devotion I thank Dagri Rinpoche for what he made possible. May he live long and may we all receive teachings from our Mahayana Gurus until enlightenment.”

“It was a ‘one-visit-three-centers’ program for Dagri Rinpoche when he visited Malaysia in August 2008,” reports Yeo Puay Huei, Director of Losang Dragpa Centre. “Rinpoche’s program consisted of Dharma teachings, initiations and pujas at three out of the four Malaysian FPMT centers: namely, at Kasih Hospice Care Society, where Rinpoche presided over the opening ceremony of the center’s new premises; at Rinchen Jangsem Ling, a retreat facility amidst a lush plantation, two hours out from the capital city to give further teachings and pujas to local townsfolk; and, of course, at Losang Dragpa Centre, the oldest center in Malaysia for teachings and pujas. Rinpoche’s simple and direct manner of engaging with students was deeply appreciated by all.”


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