life period : 1969 - present | place of birth : France
nationality : French | occupation : Tibetan Buddhist Lama
teacher/guru : KhensurGeshe Tegchok
websites : www.dharmaling.org
" Having a hundreds of disciples is not a miracle. The miracle is to have one disciple who will stay on the Path even when hundreds will give up. ”
Shenphen Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist Lama. He was initially ordained in 1985 at the age of 16 by KyabjeThubtenZopa Rinpoche and later fully ordained by Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama. Shenphen Rinpoche has been recognised as a tulku of Lama GendunRabgye, from Kharnang Monastery, Tibet.
Lama Shenphen Rinpoche's first teacher was the Gelug master KhensurGesheTegchok. Other important teachers are ThubtenZopa Rinpoche, the 14th Dalai Lama, GomoTulku, Lama Gendun Rinpoche, and DilgoKhyentse Rinpoche. In 1986, Rinpoche was requested to teach others in France. Since then, was requested to teach in many other countries.
After a few years in a monastery, Rinpoche studied medicine in Paris at FacultéLibre des Sciences de la Santé. Over the next five years, he engaged in humanitarian activities, mainly in India, but also in Nepal and Russia (for street children). Rinpoche created AMCHI Association, an association that organises humanitarian missions.
Between 1998 and 2001, following the request of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Shenphen Rinpoche was director of a retreat centre in Greece. In 2000, Rinpoche created Buddhist Congregation Dharmaling. He then moved to Spain to open a small centre, until 2002. Since 2002, Rinpoche is living in Slovenia permanently as a Slovene citizen, where he opened a Buddhist temple in Slovenia, with a full program of teachings and practice. Rinpoche travels frequently in Hungary, Austria, France, Romania, and Russia.
Lama Shenphen Rinpoche has practiced for over twenty years a method combining mantras and meditation, oriented toward healing physical and psychological ailments.