Thubten Norbu Ling is blessed to have the spiritual guidance of visiting teachers.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). Born in the Mount Everest region of Thami in 1946, Rinpoche was recognized by His HolinessTulshig Rinpoche and five other lamas as the reincarnation of the great yogi Kunsang Yeshe. Lama Zopa Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist scholar and meditator who for 30 years has overseen the spiritual activities of the extensive worldwide network of FPMT centers. Among many projects dear to Rinpoche’s heart are the two Maiteya Projects which include plans to build two large statues of the future Buddha Maitreya, one in Bodhgaya and another in Kushinagar India.
104th Ganden Tripa Lobsang Tenzin Rinpoche
His Holiness Ganden Tripa was born in Tibet in 1934. He was ordained as a monk at the age of 7, and studied at Gaden Ogmin Monastery near Shigatse, a monastery founded by the fifth Dalai Lama. At the age of 19, entered Sera Monastery in Lhasa. In 1960, he left Tibet with five other monks, making the difficult trek through high mountain passes to India. Upon reaching India, he visited His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Mussorie, and then went on to Buxa, India, where he stayed for a long time recovering from tuberculosis. He then resumed his education after his recovery. Following this, he entered Gyume Tantric University and two years later became Master of Discipline. In 1985 His Holiness the Dalai Lama appointed him to Abbot of Gyume Tantric Monastery, a position he held for 6 years. Since then he has taught extensively in India and in the West. In 2010 he was appointed to the position of Jangtse Choje. And in 2017 was appointed the 104th Ganden Tripa, the head of Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism.
Venerable Robina Courtin
Venerable Robina Courtin has been a nun for over 30 years in the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. She spent 10 years editing for Wisdom Publications followed by over 5 years as the main editor of Mandala, an international Buddhist newsmagazine. Venerable Robina served as Director of The Liberation Prison Project for many years, serving several hundred prisoners nationwide, and currently travels around the world teaching Buddhism to students of all ages and levels. Ven. Robina's prison work was profiled in an award-winning documentary, Chasing Buddha. To learn more about Venerable Robina, please visit www.robinacourtin.com.
Venerable Tenzin Drolma
Tenzin Drolma was born in Chicago, US. She started studying Buddhism at the age of 17 in high school and studied more Buddhism along with Psychology in college. She received her undergraduate degree in Religious Studies, Philosophy and Psychology and has a a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver. She has worked in the mental health field primarily with children and practiced meditation and Buddhism casually until 2005. In 2005 she met Tibetan Buddhism at a weekend retreat with Ven. Robina Courtin at Vajrapani Institute. Six months later she moved to Portland to study at Maitripa College with Yangsi Rinpoche where she subsequently received her Masters Degree in Buddhist Studies in 2012. Ven. Drolma was ordained as a nun in the Tibetan tradition in 2009. She moved to Vajrapani Institute and was resident sangha and assistant SPC from 2011 to 2015. While at Vajrapani Institute she taught courses and lead meditations. In November 2015, she is going to India to teach and do retreat for six months. Ven. Drolma’s teaching style includes the psychological aspects of Buddhism and she has been described as a very approachable teacher. While stronglybased in the tradition of the Gelukpa school, her teaching emphasizes those aspects most helpful to modern students.
Emily Hsu is a 2004 graduate of FPMT's seven year Masters Program from the Instituto Lama Tson Khapa in Italy which gives her the authority to teach classes that are normally taught by Geshes. She is one of a select group of teachers chosen by Lama Zopa Rinpoche as being qualified to lead shiné or calm abiding retreats. Until 2016, she served as a resident teacher at the Gyalwa Gyatso (Ocean of Compassion) Buddhist Center in Campbell, California leaving the center to go into retreat. Upon return from her retreat in the summer of 2017 she has agreed to teach the Discovering Buddhism program at TNL in Santa Fe.