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Geshe Sherab Lodoe was born in 1975 in a Bonpo village called Tsarong, located in the Kham region in Tibet. He comes from a Bonpo family, his father was a tantric practitioner in the Monastery of Wadag Bon Gon in Tibet. His education started with Lama Sherab Lodoe from the Tro Tsang lineage. He then obtained the preliminary teachings from Kalsang Yungdrung the Abbot of  the Ta Gon Monastery. He was ordained novice monk by Kalsang Yonten Gyatso from the Amdo region at the age of 21. At 22,  he went on pilgrimage to the sacred mountain Kongpo Bon Ri and heard about the Menri Monastery in India. He felt a strong calling to receive the teachings of the Bon tradition at the Menri Monastery and sometimes later, he decided to undertake the extremely difficult journey of walking from Tibet to Nepal through the Himalayan region. He reached Nepal and from there he proceeded to India and finally arrived at Menri Monastery on 20th February 1999. This year, on the auspicious fifth day of the Tibetan New Year which is also the birthday of one of the greatest Bon Masters, Nyamed Sherab Gyaltsen who is regarded as the second Buddha in the Bon tradition, he was given the monk ordination from His Holiness Menri Trinzin Lungtok Tenpa Nyima Rinpoche and His Eminence Menri Ponlop Trinley Nyima Rinpoche. One month later, on 19th March, he was admitted to the Bon Dialectic School of Menri Monastery. He studied Dzogchen, Tantra, Sutra and all the other ten Bon tradition sciences. After fifteen years of intensive studies and practice he received his Geshe degree on 9th March 2014.  During his studies, he gave lectures to the young monks. In addition, he was elected as the president of the Bon dialectic school at Menri Monastery and was the treasurer for a year. Furthermore, he has been appointed by His Holiness Menri Trinzin Lungtok Tenpa Nyima Rinpoche to represent the Bon tradition at conferences involving all the main five Tibetan Buddhism schools (Bon, Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu and Gelug) .

Sangmo and Geshe Sherab Lodro


Dr. Sangmo Yangri was born in Solan close to the Menri Monstary in India, in 1980.  From early childhood, she has been immersed in the Bon tradition and culture as her father was a close friend and disciple of His Holiness Menri Trinzin Lungtok Tenpa Nyima Rinpoche and His Eminence Menri Yongdzin Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche. She received her master degree in Bon philosophy in 2007 with a thesis on 'the twelve Interdependent origination in Bon tradition' at the university of Central University of Tibetan Studies in Varanasi in India, she then completed a M.Phil degree in Buddhism philosophy, where she wrote her M.Phil thesis on the 'The lineage of Bhikshuni ordination in Bon tradition'.  At the university (CUTS) where the five Tibetan schools were represented (Bon, Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu and Gelug) the other four schools had PhD students, whereas nobody did such in depth studies in the Bon tradition. She felt, this was missing and felt it would serve the preservation of the Bon tradition and inspire other students, especially female students, to do a PhD in Bon tradition. Indeed, in all the five schools, before Sangmo Yangri, only one female student did a PhD. She completed her Ph.D in Bon and Buddhism traditions in 2013; her PhD thesis dealt with the 'Analysis of the traditional exposition of the way in which the world came into existence according to Bon tradition and Buddhism'. She obtained the grant from the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund for two years and in 2013, her work was awarded by the Prime Minister Award (Sikyong Award) from Tibetan Exile Government in India. She has written and published several articles in different journals (Bon-go the periodical journal of Menri monastery, journal of Zhangzhung cum Tibetan culture,  Mutri tsenpo,  ligmincha Europe magazine, Tibet times,  www.theyungdrungbon.com, www.himalayabon.com, www.khabda.com).
Moreover, she has been invited several times as a speaker at the Yungdrung Bon Camping in Menri Monsatery, and has participated to several international Bon and Buddhism conferences. She was interviewed on VOA Tibetan for her achievement. She also edited the book of the great scholar Palden Tsultrim 'A commentary on the Three Ornaments of poetry'.
Before starting teaching at Lishu Institute in 2015, she taught on voluntary basis at the Ratna Menling nunnery in Dolanji for one year, gave guidance to all the bon philosophy nuns students and prepared new study materials for them. In 2015, she was appointed teacher at the Lishu Institute by Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and has given lectures on the Nine Ways of Bon, the hagiography of Buddha Tonpa Sherab Miwo and Tibetan language.

 

 

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Menri Lopon Trinley Nyima Rinpoche is the lopon, or head teacher, of Menri Monastery in Dolanji, India. Born in Dolpo, a remote region of western Nepal, he has the family name of “Yangton” and an ancestry that traces back to Yangton Sherab Gyaltsen, a famous dzogchen and tantric master of the 11th century. Rinpoche began his training in 1976 at the age of 10. He received his geshe degree in 1989 from the Dialectic School at Menri Monastery and has been teaching there since then. He became lopon of the monastery in 1992.

Khenpo Nyima Dhondup Rinpoche is the abbot of the Bon Dialectic School at Menri Monastery. Born 1978 in India. He was ordained as monk in 1992 and started education in Bon Dialectic School of Menri Monastery. After many years of study sutra, tantra, dzogczen and five major and minor sciences of Bon tradition, he received Geshe degree in march 2006. February 2008 he was enthroned as Menri Shedrub Lopon, main teacher of Dialectic School at Menri Monastery. February 2012 he was enthroned as Shedrub Khenpo, abbot of  Menri Dialectic School. He has been teachings sutra, tantra and dzogchen for more than thirteen years and has been invited speaker at several major Bon and Buddhist conferences.

 

 

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