Our Lineage

Khen Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Tharchin (1921 - 2004) was born in Lhasa, Tibet in 1921 and entered Sera Monastery there at an early age. He proceeded through the rigorous 25 year program of monastic studies under the guidance of Pabongka Rinpoche and Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. Upon successful completion of public examination by the best scholars of the day, Rinpoche was awarded the highest degree of Hlarampa Geshe (doctor of philosophy) with honors, and is one of the last living Hlarampa Geshes educated in Tibet. He proved to be the best debater of his graduation year in all of Tibet, making him the "First among the First."

Khen Rinpoche then entered Gyu Mey Tantric College, where he completed its course of advanced tantric studies and attained a high-ranking administrative position. In 1959 Rinpoche escaped from Tibet into India along with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He became actively involved in resettlement, and compiled a series of textbooks used in the Tibetan refugee schools.

Khen Rinpoche came to the United States in 1972 and became Abbot of Rashi Gempil Ling Temple in New Jersey. After going to South India in 1991 and serving as Abbot of Sera Mey monastery for some time, he returned to the United States. Khen Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Tharchin was a lifetime director and an abbot emeritus of Sera Mey monastery, as well as founder of the Mahayana Sutra and Tantra Center, which has branches in New Jersey and Washington, DC. He was also the spiritual director of the Asian Classics Institute, the Asian Classics Input Project, Diamond Abbey, and Godstow.

We note with immense sorrow and a profound sense of loss the passing of Sermey Khensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche (1921-2004), eminent lama and renowned scholar of the Gelukpa tradition. Please read more

Geshe Michael Roach is the first Westerner in 600 years to pass the rigorous test for the title of Geshe, or Master of Buddhism, at Sera Mey Tibetan Monastery after 20 years of study in the yoga and philosophy of India and Tibet. He is an honour graduate of Princeton University and has received the Presidential Scholar medal at the White House. He is the founder of the Yoga Studies Institute and the Enlightened Business Institute. He is the author of over 30 translations of ancient texts, as well as books such as the international bestseller, The Diamond Cutter, The Tibetan Book of Yoga, and Essential Yoga Sutra.

Lama Christie McNally is a translator and teacher of ancient Tibetan and Sanskrit texts. A graduate of New York University, she has trained at Tibetan monasteries in Nepal and India. She is a professor at Diamond Mountain University and has studied yoga extensively with some of the greatest Indian, Tibetan, and western masters of yoga. She recently completed the traditional Great Reatreat of 3 years, 3 months, and 3 days in the high desert of Arizona.

Lama Dvora holds M.Sc. and PH.D. degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science, and has worked in academia, as well as research and financial institutions.

Lama Dvora has devoted over 30 years of her life to the study and practice of Buddhist wisdom and other Asian traditions and has translated multiple scriptures into Hebrew. For the past 20 years she has been sharing these treasures and their real-life applications with her many students in Israel and in other parts of the world.

Lama Dvora met her Tibetan root Lama, Sermey Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Tarchin, in 1998, in Howell, New Jersey, where she studied and practiced under his guidance. She also studied with his two main disciples, Art Engle and Geshe Michael Roach, and recently with the former abbot of Gyumed Tantric College, Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa and with Lama Drimed Norbu in the Dzogchen tradition. Her other teachers include H.H the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche and more.

Lama Dvora has translated into Hebrew more than 10,000 pages of Tibetan scriptures. Her translations are cherished by students for their accuracy and exceptional beauty, and lay a solid and pioneering foundation for the nascent Buddhist terminology in Hebrew.

All of her translations are available online, free of charge, along with audio recordings and transcripts representing 20 years of dharma teachings in Israel. In the past decade more than 110,000 Israelis were able to receive the teachings in their own language through this website.

Today, Lama Dvora is teaching at the Arava Spiritual Center (MOAR), a university-like setting in the desert, which she has established, that offers advanced teachings to students who are ready for them, and willing to put in the effort required for them. Currently, a 7-year program is in progress, with some 130 students, who are personally taken care of and guided by Lama Dvora.

Lama Dvora is a devoted practitioner, who successfully completed the traditional 3 years, 3 months and 3 days silent retreat, and had spent more than 5 years total in solitary retreats.

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