The Milarepa Retreat Center is under the patronage of H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and H.E. Garchen Rinpoche


HHDKC01H.H. Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang


H.H. Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang is the 37th throne holder of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He is considered the emanation of Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara), the embodiment of the Great Compassion of all Buddhas.

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H.E. Garchen Rinpoche


H.E. Garchen Rinpoche is the 8th reinkarnation of Gardampa Chödingpa, a heart-disciple of Kyobpa Jigten Sumgön and an emanation of the Mahasiddha Aryadeva, a disciple of Nagarjuna at the monastic university of Nalanda.

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khenchen1Ven. Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen Rinpoche


Ven. Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen was born in 1946 at the foot of the holy mountain Tsari in Tibet. In 1982, he first visited the United States and founded several Dharma centers. Khenchen Rinpoche is the author of numerous books.

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DC160aDrubpön Konchog Chödön


Drubpön Chödön was born in Kham, a region of Tibet. She received her education at the Drikung Kagyu Nunnery Samtenling and completed three Three Year Retreats. H.H. the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang appointed her to act as Retreat Master at the Milarepa Retreat Center.

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racheldoddsDrubpön Rachel Dodds

For further information on her biography, training and designation please see the introduction by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche.


chenga7H.E. Chenga Rinpoche


H.E. Chenga Rinpoche is the reincarnation of Chenga Dragpa Jungne (1175-1255), a heart-disciple of Kyobpa Jigten Sumgön. After having accompanied Kyobpa Jigten Sumgön for 17 years, he was named “Chenga”, which means in Tibetan “In the presence of”. The current Chenga was born in 1974. Already before leaving Tibet, he completed the three-year retreat. He currently lives in the Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center in New Jersey, USA. His mastery of specific exercises of the Six Yogas of Naropa, which are learned and brought to perfection during the three-year retreat, he impressively demonstrated in the movie The Yogis of Tibet.


nubpa1Ven. Nubpa Rinpoche


Ven. Nubpa Rinpoche is the 12th reinkarnation of the Nubpa Tulku and is regared as an emanation of Gompo Gyaltsen, the four-armed Mahakala. After his studies at the Peking Buddhist College of Higher Studies he came to India in 1992 to aid his Root-Lama H. H. the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang with the building of the Drikung Kagyu Seat in Exile. Nubpa Rinpoche completed several multi-year retreats on the holy mountain Lapchi, where he restored the old Drikung retreat centers. Nubpa Rinpoche is actually the head of Drikung Kagyu Rinchen Ling Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal.


LT1Drubpön Lama Tsering Rinpoche


Drubpön Lama Tsering completed his studies at the main monastery of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage in Dehradun, India. After concluding the preliminary practices of the Drikung Yangzab and the Longchen Nyingthig traditions, he received teachings on Phowa, and the Dzogchen Trekchöd and Thögal practices. In the course of a 100 day retreat (Shag gya) he practiced the Tonglen of the Six Realms. In addition, he completed the traditional three year retreat comprising the five-fold path of Mahamudra and the Six Yogas of Naropa. Subsequently, HH Chetsang Rinpoche and His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche conferred the title of a Drubpön (retreat master) upon him.


SamdrKhenpo Konchog Samdrup


Khenpo Konchog Samdrup was born in Kham. At the age of 12, he became a monk of his Root Lama Garchen Rinpoche. Later, he met the great Dzogchen master Khenpo Munsel, from whom he received instructions on Trekchod and Togyal, and the direct introduction to the nature of mind. In the monastery of Khenpo Jigme Puntsok Amdo he received many teachings, empowerments and teachings. He also received many teachings and explanations from the great yogi Khenpo Chokyab. Finally, he fled to India, where he received the blessing of HH the Dalai Lama and HH the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. Khenpo Samdrup is the Resident Lama of Gar Drolma Buddhist Center, Ohio, USA.


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Drubpön Lama Kunsang Korpon

Drubpön Lama Kunsang Korpon was born on 12 October, 1976 in Ngari, near Mt. Kailash in Tibet. He completed seven years of study in the following areas: The Five Treatises of Maitreya, Tibetan poetry and grammar. In 1997 he received the title of shastri (kachospa or dharma teacher). Lama Kunsang completed a three year retreat in India devoted to the “Six Yogas of Naropa” and the “Five-Fold Path of Mahamudra.” He concluded his time in retreat with the distinction “Retreat Master.” In 2005, the Drikung Kagyu Dorje Ling Center with Lama Kunsang as Resident Lama, was inaugurated by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche with the blessing of H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche.


druponkhandroDrubpön Konchok Khandro


Drubpön Konchok Khandro was born in Tibet. She began her Dharma studies when she was 13 under the guidance of H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang and Ven. Lama Choenyi Rangdol, and took Refuge with the legendary Tridpön Pachung Rinpoche. Drubpön Khandro went on retreat on the Five-Fold Path of Mahamudra the Drikung monastery Densa Thil for seven years. H.E. Garchen Rinpoche sent her to the celebrated Nyingma abbot Khenpo Munsel. There, Drubpön Khandro received Dzogchen teachings and an introduction to the nature of mind. She then returned to Drikung Densa Thil and completed her first Three Year Retreat there. In 1999 she completed her second Three Year retreat on the Five-Fold Path of Mahamudra and the Six Yogas of Naropa. Drubpön Khandro has been living in Sweden since 2006 and guides Dharma practitioners there.

khenponyimagyaltsenVen. Khenchen Nyima Gyaltsen

Ven. Khenpo Nyima Gyaltsen was born in 1976. He joined the Lho Lungkar Monastery in Tibet, when he was 12. He arrived in India when he was 18 and studied in Jang Chub Ling for 2 years, and then at Dzongsar College for 7 years. In 2002 he returned to Jang Chub Ling and in 2004, during the Snake Year Teachings at Lumbini, was appointed the Shedra (college) Khenpo. Until now he has been a dedicated teacher at the Kagyu College, while at the same time being responsible for compiling the Gong Chik text as well as assisting western translators in his easy and direct manner.

khenpo thampelVen. Khenpo Konchög Thamphel

Khenpo Könchog Thamphel was born in 1975 in Ladakh. When he was nine years old he became a novice in Lamayuru Monastery, where he received a basic education in Dharma. He also studied and practiced a few Drikung Kagyü rituals while there. In 1987 he went to the Drikung Kagyü Institute in Dehra Dun, India to pursue advanced Buddhist studies. There, over a period of nine years, he studied the twelve main commentaries of the masters of Nalanda as well as Drikung Kagyü treatises such as the Gong Chig, “The Heart of the Mahayana Sutras” and others under the skilful guidance of Khenpo Togdol Rinpoche, Khenpo Könchog Mönlam, Khenpo Könchog Tashi and Khenchen Könchog Gyaltsen Rinpoche. After completing his studies in 1996, he travelled in Europe and Southeast Asia as H.H. Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang’s translator. He has also taught in Drikung Kagyü centers in Malaysia, Singapore, North America, Estonia and Latvia.

For a few years, he served as Resident Khenpo in the Songtsen Library in Dehra Dun/ India. In addition to his instructions in the Library, he translated rare Drikung Kagyü texts into English and issued a number of English-language books. He has been living in Vienna since 2015 and works at the University of Vienna at the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies and is a participant in the research project “Neue Erwägungen zur Buddha-Natur” (i.e. new considerations on Buddha nature). Khenpo Thamphel teaches in English and now also speaks a little German so that various questions and topics can be discussed directly with him.


Gartrul ChimeGartrül Chime Dorje

Siddha Gar Chime Dorje was a great practitioner and an embodiment of the Avalokiteshvara (the Buddha of Compassion) and a spiritual master of H.E. Garchen Rinpoche. After his parinirvana, through his great aspiration, he again took rebirth as Chime Dorje in India. The present Chime Dorje Rinpoche was born in 1984, with many auspicious signs occurring at the time of his birth, he was recognized by H.H the 37th Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang Rinpoche and was officially enthroned in 1992 at Jangchubling Monastery, Dehra Dun, India. Chime Dorje Rinpoche completed his basic monastic education at Jangchubling Monastery. Rinpoche also received the entire set of empowerments, oral transmissions and instructions of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage from H.H Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang Rinpoche, H.H Drikung Kyabgön Chungtsang Rinpoche, H.E Garchen Rinpoche as well as from many other eminent Rinpoches of the Drikung Kagyü Lineage. Rinpoche also visited the Gar Monastery in Kham, Tibet and studied at the Buddhist Institution, Larong Serta Narig. Back in India he joined the Zongsar College and studied there for many years. Growing up in this modern era, he expresses openness and interest towards the problems faced by modern day practitioners.



Giorgio SaviglianoGiorgio Savigliano

Giorgio's combined study of Hatha Yoga in many traditions and intensive practice of the Drikung Kagyu Buddhist Tradition makes him a unique teacher with special understanding of breath, posture and mind. He has both a four year training at the Higher Institute of the Italian Federation of Yoga and a two year diploma from the Satyananda Yoga Center (tradition according to the parameters of the Bihar University of Yoga India) completed in 2004.

In 2006 Giorgio decided to deepen his meditation practice in India and met His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche and took Refuge and began his training in the Five Fold Path of Mahamudra and the 6 Yogas of Naropa. Giorgio spent over 3 years on and off in India from the beginning of 2006 to 2009 in retreat under the guidance of his retreat masters, Drupon Champa Rinpoche, Drupon Sonam Kunga Rinpoche and Lama Manu from Chile who completed two three year retreats in the Drikung Kagyu tradition. Giorgio has also taken teachings on the Six Yogas and Mahamudra and empowerments from HE Garchen Rinpoche. Giorgio has been teaching Hatha Yoga in Italy and Switzerland for over 15 years and more recently been assisting retreatants and meditation students at the Milarepa Retreat Center in Germany in improving their relationship with their body, breath and mind which is vital for progression on the yogic path of Tibetan Buddhism.


Announcements of H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Thinle Lhundup

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New: Renting of Seminar- and Conference Rooms


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Beginn des Meditations-Seminars im Rahmen des Drei-Jahres-Retreats


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Edition Garchen Stiftung



The Edition Garchen Stiftung has begun publication of highly recommended books.


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Drikung Kagyu Translation Project

Under the Guidance of Khenchen Nyima Gyaltsen



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A Message from H.E. Garchen Rinpoche


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Events with Drubpön Chödrön



Chod Practice 08.12.2018  at 2 p.m.


Weekly Meditation at the MRZ




Everyone is welcome to attend regular meditations and introductory courses.


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