I would like to share a few words about two inspiring people that are fruits that come from Rangjung Yeshe Institute.
One of them is Khenpo Gyaltsen, that is one of my dear and exemplary teachers. Having been born in a Himalayan family, in very young age he became a monk. After years of training, he completed his studies in Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling, where the Rangjung Yeshe Institute is located. After that, he received his degree of Khenpo, Doctored in Buddhist Philosophy, from Ngahyur Nyingma Institute. Nowadays, he is teacher for the monks of the Shedra of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling and also for the international students from the Rangjung Yeshe Institute. I personally have the great fortune of having been taught by him on very precious and profound teachings, as studies on Prajnaparamitta Heart Sutra; Mulamadhyamaka-karikas – Root Verses of the Middle Way, among others high subjects. I also received several meditations instructions that come from his personal experience as a very committed and accomplished practitioner.
Another person is the Brazilian George, which is student from Rangjung Yeshe Institute. He started his studies in RYI searching for Buddhist Knowledge. Thus, he engaged in the bachelor degree in Buddhist Studies and Himalayan languages. He did not have any knowledge on Tibetan language, and he said that it was very difficult to him at the beginning. Nevertheless, along the course, he developed enormous appreciation and skills for both Colloquial and Classical Tibetan. Finishing the Bachelor, he started the master degree in translation, also in Rangjung Yeshe Institute.
– – What these two people have in common?
It happens that George is about to finish the master’s degree and already is acting as a translator. Now, for example, he is with Khenpo Gyaltsen being his translator in several teachings that Khenpo-la is offering currently in Brazil – my country.
So, I very much rejoice and express my thanks to both, Khenpo Gyaltsen and George, for inspire all of us students from Rangjung Yeshe Institute.
~ Ani Jigme Choedzin from Brazil