Venerable Lama Rinchen Gyaltsen
Directly designated by the highest authority within the Sakya Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism as the director of the Fundación Sakya and resident master at CIDEB, he has been appointed to make the Buddhadharma understandable for the Spanish-speaking world
Lama Rinchen Gyaltsen was born in 1972 in Uruguay from Spanish parents. He received his formal education in the United States, where he graduated in Psychology and Arts in Rutgers University. His interest in meditation made him take courses on Buddhism, and the depth and pragmatism of the teachings definitely caught his interest. He started studying with Khenpo Pema Wangdak in New York in 1993, and in 2003 he finished a 3-year theoretical and practical training program of the Pema Ts’al school designed by Khenpo Pema.
After this, he started his journey through Asia. His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche, one of the most renowned masters in Tibetan Buddhism, ordained him as a monk in Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha, and gave him the Tibetan name of Ngawang Lekshe Rinchen Gyaltsen (Power of the Verb, Proverb, Jewel, Emblem). Then, Lama Rinchen traveled extensively throughout India, Nepal and Tibet residing in several monasteries. He completed several classical meditative retreats according to the Sakya Tradition at Pema Ts’al Monastery in Pokhara (Nepal).
In 2005, Lama Rinchen started his 7-year studies of Buddhist philosophy at the International Buddhist Academy in Kathmandu, Nepal, under the guidance of Khenpo Ngawang Jorden and Khenpo Jamyang Tenzin. He also received teachings from great masters such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness Gongma Trichen Rinpoche, His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche and other masters of the Sakya Order of Tibetan Buddhism.
Living within this international community, Lama Rinchen felt the need for more translations of the Buddhist teachings in Western languages, so in 2009 he designed and participated in the IBA’s two-year Intensive Translation Program, the first program of classical Tibetan dedicated to training translators. Lama Rinchen is a founding member of the Chödung Karmo Translation Group. He is also a founding member of the Sakya Pandita Translation Group, which helped launch with their translations the 84000.org project, whose objective is to translate the whole Buddhist canon.
In 2011, Lama Rinchen continued his meditative training with a series of retreats under the guidance of his root master, H.H. Gongma Trichen Rinpoche, in his retreat center in Dehradun, India. After successfully completing these retreats, His Holiness Gongma Trichen Rinpoche, main intellectual referent within Tibetan Buddhism and right hand of H.H. the Dalai Lama, gave him the title of Vajra Acharya or Tantric Master, and designated him as the Resident Lama and director of the Centro Internacional de Estudios Budistas of the Fundación Sakya en Pedreguer, Alicante, Spain, where he currently lives.
Nowadays, Venerable Lama Rinchen Gyaltsen teaches Buddhist philosophy and the practice of meditation in Spain, and also gives courses in a sporadic fashion in the United States, Europe and South America. For the people who cannot attend the in-person courses because of the distance or lack of resources, Lama Rinchen founded Instituto Paramita, an important platform of online teachings, in which a great deal of the fundamental teachings of Sakya Tibetan Buddhism are provided for free.