The Dharma - the teachings of the Buddha
2500 years ago, after extensive studies and meditation Buddha Shakyamuni realized what the true cause of suffering is, that there is a way out of suffering and that this path leads to happiness. read more
Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche
The founder and director of our center is Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche. This well-known meditation master and teacher has been teaching students around the world for more than 30 years. read more
Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche
The second son of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche was born in eastern Tibet in 1953. He was recognized by the Karmapa as the fourth reincarnation of the great 19th-century treasure revealer Tertön Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa. read more
Born in 1981 to Chokling Rinpoche and his wife Dechen Paldron, Phakchok Rinpoche is the grandson of Tulku Ugyen Rinpoche and the eldest brother of the Yangsi Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. read more
Lama Tenzin Sangpo
Lama Tenzin Sangpo was chosen by Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche to be our "resident lama" and so he spends most of the year at Gomde to guide and uphold our spiritual practice. He is at your disposal to answer questions on practice or the integration of Buddhist teaching in your everyday life.
Lama Tenzin has been a Buddhist monk since a young age. Today he is one of the most respected and best educated lamas from the monastery.
His extraordinary vocal talent was recognized and encouraged early on, leading him to become the monastery’s chant master. Today his unique vocal talent helps to support the monastery through benefit concerts and album sales.
In addition, Lama Tenzin is well-versed in the various Buddhist philosophies and an expert in Vajrayana practices.
Lama Öser is one of the longest standing monks of our monastery and has been studying and practicing the Dharma since childhood. He has also been teaching in the West and happily visits us at least once a year.
His warm, easygoing attitude makes it easy to sit down with him and discuss one’s practice.
In addition to his deep philosophical knowledge, he also has a great deal of knowledge about the benefits of Tibetan medicine.
Erik Pema Kunsang
In his youth, deep curiosity and a thirst for knowledge awoke in Erik, leading him to the teachings of Buddhism in general and of Padmasambhava in particular. Since then Erik has had the great fortune to learn the wisdom traditions from many of the great Buddhist masters of our time.
His main teachers are the great Dzogchen masters Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and his son Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche. Their personal guidance has resulted in him becoming one of the most revered translators of his generation. His books and translations are indispensable and have inspired countless practitioners.
In 2010, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche officially assigned Erik the task of teaching the Dharma. During meditation retreats, Erik focuses on discovering a simple and natural presence. He helps people to become familiar with the nature of the mind and the freedom that goes along with such awareness. This simple mode of being enables the unfolding of the noble qualities of compassion, love and insight.
In addition to his tireless efforts to share his knowledge, he is also the founding editor of Levekunst: The Art of Life, which publishes essays on various spiritually-related topics.
For more on Erik’s activities and publications please visit
Ulli Olvedi is a renowned author, but not only an artist of language. In her seminars, she conveys Buddhist philosophy, Western psychology and energy work in a way that makes them understandable to and applicable by anyone. She has been a Buddhist practitioner since 1972 and studied with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Tarab Tulku Rinpoche and Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche. Ulli founded the College of Traditional Tibetan Medicine, the Shelkar Tibetan Medical Institute in Kathmandu, and is head of spirituality at the Aidenried Academy am Ammersee near Munich.
He reaches from his own experience, finds vivid examples from everyday life which we can easily relate to, and he shares his extensive knowledge of the Tibetan scripture.
He is an avid reader, film and music expert with a sense of humor and a great teacher with infinite devotion to the Dharma.