Nyima Woser Choekhortshang Rinpoche

Geshe Nyima Woser Choekhortshang Rinpoche was born in 1976 in Dolpo (Nepal). He is the abbot of Tashi Namgyal (ngakpa monastery) in Dolpo.

Geshe Nyima Woser Choekhortshang Rinpoche was born in 1976 in Dolpo (Nepal), in a village near the Samling monastery, from a Ngakpa family at the head of the Tashi Namgyal monastery in his village.

At the age of eight, his father and grandfather took him to India and he applied for admission to the Central Tibetan School in Dolanji (Himachal Pradesh, India), where he received a modern education in English, Hindi and Tibetan.

He took his monastic vows at the age of 16. From 1992, he was admitted to the Bön Dialectic School in Menri and moved to Menri Monastery. Under the guidance of His Holiness the 33rd Menri Trizin Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche, (Abbot of Menri, Spiritual Head of Bön), he studied philosophy, astrology, astronomy, Tibetan literature and history, traditional Tibetan medicine, rituals and meditations of the Bön tradition for 16 years.

Choekhortshang Rinpoche, receives a blessing from His Holiness the 33rd Menri Trizin Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche

During his studies, he was given an outstanding opportunity to serve as the personal secretary of the 33rd Menri Trizin, and in 2001 he was elected a member of the committee for editing the books used for training the Bön dialectical school.

In 2002 he was elected president of the Bön Dialectic School. In 2003 he also became editor-in-chief of the annual Bön-sGo magazine. In 2005 he founded the Center for the Publication of Ancient Manuscripts in Dolpo. In the same year he became treasurer of Menri Monastery and served in this office for three years.

Using his experience and knowledge of traditional monastic training, he began scientific research in 1998. His main areas of interest oh interested were Dolpo language and Bön philosophy. Since 2006, he participated in numerous international seminars and conferences, collaborating in the editing of Tibetan journals and in the publication of books all over the world.

In 2008, having completed his monastic studies and obtained the Geshe diploma (the highest monastic academic award, equivalent to a PhD in the West). Since that year he has been engaged in an intense academic activity, both in some monasteries and in prestigious European universities, such as Leiden, Oxford and Prague.

Gesha ceremony in Menri (2008)

In 2009 he was invited to the University of Leiden in the Netherlands to lecture on religion. Since them, he resides in Prague (Czech Republic), where he teaches Tibetan Culture and Language at Charles University. Furthermore, invited by the Ligmincha International community to teach in Europe. He transmits complete cycles of Tantra and Dzogchen practices and meditations in several countries where he has a large following, including: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania , Slovakia and especially in Hungary. In 2015, he was officially appointed abbot of Tashi Namgyal (ngakpa monastery) in Dolpo, and was consecrated with the title of Rinpoche at Menri Monastery by His Holiness the 33rd Menri Trizin Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche. In 2017, he obtained his PhD at Charles University in Prague becoming Assistant Professor at the same University. Since 2013, he has been teaching regularly in Italy two or three times a year in different cities.

Since 2019, at the request of the Spiritual Director of Ligmincha International, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, the Choekhortshang brothers, Geshe Nyima Woser Rinpoche and Geshe Yungdrung Gyamtso, have agreed to join to be part of the Spiritual Commission of Ligmincha Italy.

Choekhortshang Rinpoche with His Holiness the 34th Menri Trizin Lungtok Dawa Dargye Rinpoche
Choekhortshang Rinpoche in meditation