Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Nitartha’s president and spiritual director, founded Nitartha Institute under the guidance of Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, two of the leading contemporary Buddhist teachers of the Karma Kagyü and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is renowned as one of the foremost Buddhist scholars of his generation in the Kagyü and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. He is a graduate of the Karma Shri Nalanda Institute at Rumtek and has completed courses of study in English and comparative religion at Columbia University. Rinpoche is an accomplished meditation master, calligrapher, visual artist, and poet. He travels and teaches widely and is well-versed in Western culture and technology. He is known for his warmth, humor, and lucid presentation of Buddhist teachings in a manner relevant to contemporary life.
- Wild Awakening: The Heart of Mahamudra and Dzogchen
- Penetrating Wisdom: The Aspiration of Samantabhadra
- Mind Beyond Death
- Rebel Buddha
- Emotional Rescue
Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen
Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen was the resident teacher at H.H. the 17th Karmapa’s TTC in Hamburg, Germany. Acharya has also served as a faculty member of the Religious Studies Department at Naropa University, where he specialized in teaching graduate courses in Tibetan tradition based on Nitartha Institute’s curriculum.
Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen works closely with Ponlop Rinpoche in all aspects of leadership for the Institute, especially in the design of our curriculum. After Ponlop Rinpoche, Acharya is the Institute’s most revered teacher and teaches regularly around the world.