33rd Abbot of Menri Monastery, H. H. Menri Trizin is the spiritual head of the Tibetan Bon religion. He was born in Tibet in 1929, in the village of Kyongtsang, in the far eastern province of Amdo near the Chinese border, and was given the name Lama by the local priest. His mother died when he was a child, and he was raised by A-Nyen Machen, an elderly friend of his family. When Lama was eight, his father Jalo Jongdong took him to the nearby monastery of Phuntsog Dargye Ling, where he learned to read, write, and chant and where he began his lifelong study of the Bon religion. Devoting himself to spiritual practice and scholarship, he completed his Geshe Degree in Philosophy at 25 under the guidance of Lopon Tenzin Lodro Gyatso. The following year he traveled South to the Bon province of Gyalrong, where he printed copies of the Bon Kanjur from traditional woodblocks.
Gomdra Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin Rinpoche is born in East Tibet (Kham), province of Hor. On request of his grandfather he become a monk at 13. At the age of 14 he has completed the traditional set of preliminary practices for esoteric Bon doctrines, better known as "Ngondro Bumgu" according to Drenpa Yabse cycle. (Drenpa Yabse was largely followed before the advent of Shadzapa's Kusum Rangshar) He stayed in Lungkar Gonpa and studied Bon philosophy and received transmission of Kalung Gamtso from Lama Lungkar Gelong.
Ponlob Tsangpa Tenzin Rinpoche is the Ponlob, the head teacher of the Yungdrung Bon Academy of Higher Studies at Triten Norbutse Monastery. A pivotal moment in Ponlob Rinpoche’s spiritual life occurred in 1986 when he met Yongdzin Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, an eminent master of Dzogchen practice, and the foremost teacher in the Bon tradition. At that time Ponlob Rinpoche had the great opportunity to receive ordination from Yongdzin Rinpoche who is a holder of the unbroken lineage of vinaya, the monastic disciplinary code of the Bon tradition. Since that time Ponlob Rinpoche has been unremitting in his quest to master the knowledge and practices of Yungdrung Bon that have been passed on from ancient times to the present day.
Tenzin Rinpoche was born in Amritsar, India, not long after his parents escaped their Tibetan homeland in 1959 during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. At age 10 Tenzin Rinpoche was ordained as a monk at Menri Monastery near Dolanji, India. There he was recognized by head teacher Lopon Sangye Tenzin Rinpoche as a reincarnation of the famous master Khyung Tul Rinpoche, a renowned meditation master, teacher, scholar and healer who died in the mid-20th century.
Khenpo Tenzin Yeshe Rinpoche was born in Gatha, Kham, Khyungpo, in Eastern Tibet. Until the age of 18, he lived a traditional Tibetan nomadic lifestyle, keeping animals and helping his family with daily chores. At the age of eighteen, Rinpoche took monastic vows with lama Tenpa Gyaltsen Khyungnak and became a monk. He studied different aspects of the Bönpo spiritual tradition, such as the practices of the Nine Preliminaries, primordial vision, purification of the six realms, tsalung and dark retreat. He received oral instructions in the practices of Dzogchen “the Great Perfection” and Phowa (transference of consciousness) from Lungrig Namdak Rinpoche and from Thaye Rangdol Rinpoche .
Geshe Lungrigh was born in 1974 in Kham Khyungpo in eastern Tibet. In his early childhood Geshe Lungrigh was invited to the Monastery by his older brother. His older brother became the 27th Master of Khenpo Rinpoche lineage in Yungdrung Tengye Ling Monastery. At the age of thirteen, Geshe Lungrigh entered the monastery and became a monk. He was learning Tibetan reading and writing and was practicing all the main prayers, rituals and ritual melodies with his root Master and his Teacher. Since 1990 Geshe Lungrigh has practiced a preliminary phowa practice for 100 days and Tummo practice for 100 days with a group of monks in the Monastery.
Geshe Kalsang Gyatso was born in 1972 in Horpan village in Amdo Ngawa, eastern Tibet. He received primary education in his home area until the age of fourteen when he entered Nangzhig monastery in 1976. He received his monk vows from Gyaltsab Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and he studied philosophy with Geshe Yeshe and language with his uncle Tsering Trashi.