His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the spiritual leader of Tibet. He was born on 6 July 1935, to a farming family, in a small hamlet located in Taktser, Amdo, northeastern Tibet. At the age of two he was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso.
The Dalai Lamas are believed to be manifestations of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and patron saint of Tibet. Bodhisattvas are enlightened beings who have postponed their own nirvana and chosen to take rebirth in order to serve humanity.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Lama Zopa Rinpoche was born in 1946 in Thami, in the Mount Everest region of Nepal, not far from the Lawudo cave where his predecessor had meditated for the last 20 years of his life.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the Spiritual Director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) and oversees all of its activities.
It is some years since we have had the pleasure of Rinpoche visiting the UK; but we continue to offer aspirational prayers for such an event.
Geshe Tashi Tsering
It was the visit of Geshe Tashi in 1999 which was the springboard for the foundation of the current group: although we has only been able to visit us once more since then, he has maintained a close interest in Jamyang Coventry, always giving good and useful advice. Our current teacher Ven. Dawa took his initial ordination from him at Jamyang in 2003.
He teaches in English and is renowned for the warmth, clarity and humour with which he makes complex subjects accessible. He regularly teaches at other centres in the UK, Europe and around the world. He is the creator and teacher of the "Foundation of Buddhist Thought" the two-year FPMT correspondence and campus course on the basics of Tibetan Buddhism.
Geshe Tashi was born in Purang, Tibet in 1958, and with his parents he escaped to India in 1959. He entered Sera Mey Monastic University in South India when he was 13 years old, and graduated with a Lharampa (the highest possible level) Geshe degree 16 years later. Geshe Tashi then entered the Higher Tantric College (Gyuto) for a year of study. He taught in India and Nepal before coming to Europe: first to Nalanda Monastery in France for 2 years, and then, in 1994, he became the resident teacher at Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London.
Ven. Lobsang Dawa
Venerable Dawa was born in Coventry in 1956. He studied Drama and Philosophy at Huddersfield Polytechnic; worked in computer programming and caring for adults with learning difficulties. In 2003 he took lower ordination (Rabjung) with Geshe Tashi at Jamyang London, followed by novice ordination (Getsul) at Nalanda Monastery with Jangtse Choje Rinpoche. After two years at Nalanda he returned to Coventry to organize Jamyang Coventry, as well as acting as an on-line tutor for the Foundation of Buddhist Thought. He recieved full ordination (Gelong) with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in India in 2008.
Venerable Dawa who has recently been recognized as an FPMT teacher has taught the FPMT classes "Buddhism in a Nutshell" and "Meditation 101" ("Buddhist Meditation Beginners and Beyond") as well as classes on Meditation and Mahayana Buddhist practice. He is currently teachng the FPMT course "Discovering Buddhism". He also gives regular teachings at Northants Buddhist Meditation Centre which is based in Kettering.