Ven. Geshe Rabten Rinpoche
Geshe Rabten 1978
Gonsar Tulku, Geshe Rabten, Hans (1976)
Ven. Geshe Rabten (Photo taken in Rikon 1975)
Geshe Rabten (1983)
Gonsar, Geshe Lodrö, Geshe Rabten, Hans (1976)
Gonsar Tulku & Geshe Rabten ...
... visiting me in Münster '76
Vajrapani (click image)Geshe Rabten (* born in early January 1920 in the district of Kham/Tibet - to the 27th of Febr. 1986) was a highly advanced scholar and tantrician, holder of the highest ranking Geshe title 'Geshe Larampa' (Doctor of Buddhist Philosophy) of the Gelugpa lineage and he worked also as a personal adviser to HH the Dalai Lama on subtle philosophical questions. In 1969 he started to teach Westerners in Dharmsala/India. A crystal clear thinker, sharp analysist and philosopher with the talent to put even the most difficult sutras and tantras in simple words. In 1974 he became abbot of the first Tibetan monastery in Europe (Switzerland/Rikon) and later founded Tharpa Choeling (now 'Rabten Choeling'), a monastery in Southern Switzerland, after his death led by his main student Gonsar Tulku Rinpoche.

   - He was also a teacher of Lama Thubten Yeshe and I was proud that I was accepted by him as one of his closer students, spending  3 winter seasons in his monastery in Rikon. I learned a lot from him on Vipassana (attentiveness), Lam Rim (Mahayana philosophy), how to develope a one-pointed and concentrated mind (Shine meditation) and the Buddhist attitudes of simplicity and modesty. He transmitted also several empowerments. Among them a special Vajrapani meditation which I still practice today. After watching and analyzing me for nearly 2 years he decided to give me the Buddhist name 'Champa Legshe' (- an analogy for 'Manjushri', which can be translated into 'Loving Buddha of good thinking and speaking') and encouraged me (together with Lama Yeshe) to establish Manjushri-Mandala (Yamyang Khyel Khor), A School for Modern Western Astrology, and on the basics of Tibetan Buddhism. Later I gave this centre the name 'IAS & Manjushri Mandala, Friends of New Age Buddhism'. He also acted as a patron and teacher of this German-based centre for a couple of years. After the death of Lama Yeshe and Geshe Rabten, Ven. Tenga Tulku Rinpoche became patron of IAS & Manjushri Mandala. 

   - Find informations on three of his exellent books by clicking here and visit the website of. Rabten Choeling (Institute for Higher Tibetan Studies, Mont Pelerin / Switzerland). His rebirth ('Tenzin Rabgye Rinpoche') was discovered in the late eighties by his former main student Gonsar Tulku Rinpoche, who is his teacher now and director of Rabten Choeling.

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