GESHE YUNGDRUNG GYATSO
Geshe Yungdrung Gyatso is the resident lama of Ligmincha Poland. He lives in the Chamma Ling Poland center in Wilga, near Warsaw.
Geshe Gyatso was born in 1980 in Dolpo in Bicher village, where the oldest Bon monastery, Dolpo Samling, is located. The monastery was founded by the great Yangton lineage master Yangton Gyaltsen Rinchen, an important lineage in master in the Zhang Zhung Nyen Gyud.
His father was a Nagpa, a Bonpo lay practitioner, and he is a doctor in Tibetan medicine. His mother is a Nyingma practitioner. Geshe-la’s birth name was Tsewang Gyaltsen, and he received the name Yungdrung Gyatso (“Ocean of Immortality”) when he took his monk vows with His Eminence Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, the most senior teacher of the Bon tradition.
Geshe Gyatso remained in his village until he was 9 years old. From age 5, he spent his summers taking care of sheep and yaks. The winters he spent mostly with his father in a monastery. There he learned Tibetan reading and writing, recited mantras and sometimes helped his father prepare tsok offerings. At age 9, he and his father traveled to Kathmandu where he became one of the first monks to begin study at Triten Norbutse Monastery in Kathmandu.
There he received teachings from His Eminence Yongdzin Rinpoche who gave teachings in the morning, and in the afternoon did reading and writing. In 1994 a new large temple was finished, and His Holiness Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche was invited for the consecration. After that, the dialectic school and meditation group started, and Geshe Gyatso joined the dialectic school, along with about 100 other monks.
Geshe Gyatso began studying for his Geshe degree at Triten Norbutse Monastery in 1994 and received his degree in 2009. After completing his Geshe degree, he did a 100-day retreat where he practiced tsa lung and trul khor (which work with breath, channels, chakras and movement).
During his studies at Triten Norbutse, he had two opportunities to visit Europe when the monastery sent a cham dance group to France, Italy, Switzerland and Belgium. After receiving his Geshe degree, he was again invited to visit several countries in Europe, including Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia and Poland, where he gave public talks and some teachings. During his third visit to Europe in 2013, he spent one month in Vienna, Austria, making Bonpo tormas and conducting rituals and a cham dance. Then he began traveling and teaching throughout Europe.
In 2010 and 2011, while he was a member of the board of Triten Norbutse Monastery, Geshe Gyatso came to know Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche well because Rinpoche visited regularly. During his third visit to Europe he met Rinpoche in Berlin. In 2013 Tenzin Rinpoche asked Geshe Gyatso if he wanted to stay in Poland and teach in the Polish sangha, and other European sanghas. In January 2015 Geshe Gyatso came to Chamma Ling Poland, and officially became resident lama of Chamma Ling Poland in March 2015.
Since that time, several retreats have been held in Wilga, along with teachings and practices in different cities in Poland. Every day the sangha has morning and evening practices, which anyone can attend. People also invite Geshe Gyatso to conduct special rituals and visit their homes.