Geshe Tenzin Zopa
Geshe Tenzin Zopa (born 1975) is a Nepalese Tibetan Buddhist monk of the Mahayana tradition. He was born in Nepal, and become a monk at age nine. As a child he studied Tibetan language, English, Nepali, art, lama dance, ritual, puja, and Buddhist philosophy. In 2007 he completed his studies and graduated as one of the youngest Geshes (equivalent to a PhD or Doctor of Divinity) in Tibetan Buddhism. In his youth he skipped four grades, and the Dalai Lama let him take his final Buddhist exams four years ahead of schedule.
Geshe Zopa is featured in the 2008 documentary film Unmistaken Child, which follows his search for the reincarnation of his beloved master, Geshe Lama Konchog. He speaks fluent English, Tibetan, Nepali, and Hindi, and a little Mandarin.
Geshe Zopa visited Wagga for the first time in November 2016. He then came back to Wagga in September 2017 where he was the speaker for an inaugural multi-faith event representing Buddhism.
Geshe Thubten Sherab
Geshe Thubten Sherab was born in 1967 in a small village in the province of Manang, the western part of Nepal, to a Kagyu-Nyingma family. He entered Kopan Monastery at the age of nine and completed his Geshe studies at Sera Je monastery in South India, followed by a year at Gyumed Tantric College. He then completed retreat and teaching assignments both in the U.S. and Asia. He served as Head Master of Kopan Monastery's school for four years, overseeing debate training and tantric training activities. Geshe Sherab understands and connects very well with Western students, presenting the Dharma in an accessible, warm, and open manner. To know more about him, read "The Master from the New Generation - Geshe Thubten Sherab" - PDF news story from Mandala Magazine.
Geshe Sherab visited Wagga for the first time in March 2016 and came back to teach us again during February 2017. He is expected to return to Wagga during February 2018.
Venerable Robina Courtin
Ven. Robina became a student of Lama Yeshe and was ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun at Kopan Monastery in 1978. She has since worked full-time for the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) in several roles: editorial director of Wisdom Publications, editor of the magazine, Mandala and director of the Liberation Prison Project. Since 1987 Ven. Robina has taught Buddhist courses and retreats at FPMT centres worldwide. Well-known for her intense energy and no-nonsense manner of expressing her profound understanding of Buddhist philosophy, Ven. Robina is the subject of an award-winning documentary - ”Chasing Buddha” and a film by Christina Lundberg called "On the Road Home". More about Ven. Robina can be found on her website here.
Ven. Robina's first talk in Wagga was conducted in August 2014 entitled "The Art of Happiness" which attracted more than a hundred people who came from all walks of life. She then came back to Wagga in July 2015 and June 2016.
Venerable Thubten Chokyi
Ven. Chokyi is the Spiritual Program Coordinator for our guiding centre, Vajrayana Institute and one of our esteemed teachers. She is also the Director of Liberation Prison Project, a social services project affiliated to FPMT that offers spiritual advice and teachings, as well as books and materials, to people in prison interested in exploring, studying and practising Buddhism. Ven. Chokyi is a member of the Women's Interfaith Network in Sydney.
Ven. Chokyi visits Wagga regularly to conduct meditation sessions and retreats.