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Nagru Geshe

Nagru Geshe Gelek Jinpa was born into a farming family in East Tibet, in 1967 and took monastic vows at the age of nineteen after meeting Yongdzin Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche in Kham in 1986. He then began his monastic studies in Ritro Monastery, starting with the Preliminary Practices and going on to receive teachings on Dzogchen and many other aspects of the Bon tradition. He completed several personal retreats, including a dark retreat and two Tummo retreats of 100 days each, He also practised Trekcho and Thogal. During his time at Ritro Monastery, Geshe Gelek received most of Shardza Rinpoche's Dzogchen teachings from Bonying Rangdrol Rinpoche. He received the introduction to Dzogchen from his root master, Ritro Lama Lhundrub Gyaltsen. Geshe Gelek left Tibet in 1992 to continue his studies, firstly in Menri Monastery, Dolanji, then in Triten Norbutse, Kathmandu, where he received Dzogchen teachings from his root lama Yongdzin Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche. He obtained the Geshe degree in 2001 and has since continued his research into the ancient kingdom of Zhang Zhung which once encompassed much of the Tibetan plateau and beyond. Author of sacred Landscape and Pilgrimage in Tibet: In search of the lost Kingdom he has also produced several documentary films, including In Search of Zhang Ghung and Hidden Treasures of Mustang as well as numerous publications in Tibetan. He has been teaching tirelessly both in Triten Norbutse monastery and in the West for many years.

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