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Our Inspiration

 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Inspiration and guide of the FPMT

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is former head of state of Tibet and considered an important spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He was born into...

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Lama Thubten Yeshe

Founder of the FPMT

Lama Thubten Yeshe was born in Tibet in 1935. When he was six years old, he joined Sera monastery in Lhasa, where he studied until 1959. As Lama Yeshe...

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Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche

Spiritual director FPMT

Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche was born in 1946 in Thami, in the Mount Everest area, near Lawudo, where his previous rebirth had meditated the last 20 yea...

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Our Teachers

Teachers of the Maitreya Institute

Geshe Sonam Gyaltsen

Resident teacher in Loenen

Better known as Geshe Dhönden by Tibetans, he was born in 1941 in Tibet. As a small child, he joined the monastic university of Ganden, and became a m...

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Ven. Losang Gendun

Main teacher in Amsterdam

Buddhist teacher Ven. Losang Gendun is a Dutch monk. He previously worked in IT, refugee organisations and commercial management, but after practic...

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Pellha de Vries

Interpreter / translator

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Annelies van der Heijden

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Paula de Wijs

Co-founder of the Maitreya Institute and Director Amsterdam

Paula de Wijs has studied Buddhism for many years, and is currently director of the center in Amsterdam. She is involved in the FPMT since the 1970's,...

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Maarten de Vries

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Koosje van der Kolk

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Silvie Walraven

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Guest teachers

 

Geshe Sonam Ngodrup

Geshe Sonam Ngodrup

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H.E. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche

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Geshe Yeshe Rinchen

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Geshe Tenzin Namdak

First Dutch Geshe

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Carmen Mensink

Teacher thangka painting

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