dagyab rinpocheH.E. Loden Sherab Dagyab Rinpoche belongs to the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. As 'Kyabgön' (= Lord Protector) of the Dagyab region in Eastern Tibet he was - like his predecessors since the 17th century - the spiritual and political head of the area. After the traditional study of Buddhist philosophy Rinpoche graduated from the Drepung monastic college. Later Rinpoche joined the monastic communities of Nyagre Khangtsen of Ganden and of Ratö monastery.

He also received numerous teachings from the Kagyu and Sakya traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Among his teachers in the Gelug tradition were H.H. Trijang Rinpoche and H.H. Ling Rinpoche (both tutors of H.H. the XIV Dalai Lama).

In 1959 Rinpoche left Tibet together with H.H. the XIV Dalai Lama and settled in India where he received his Geshe Lharampa degree. In 1966 Rinpoche was invited to come to the University of Bonn in Germany. Since then Rinpoche works as Tibetologist at the same university. He is married and has two children.

Since 1984 Rinpoche also has been teaching the Dharma - mainly in his own center in Frankfurt, the Choedzong Buddhist Society. Rinpoche has published a number of scholarly but also practical books of Buddhist Dharma. Among the Tibetan tulkus in exile Rinpoche is considered the one who holds the most lineages in the Gelug tradition.

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