Acharya Lama Sönam Rabgye
Acharya Lama Sönam Rabgye grew up in the Tibetan community of the
remote Upper Manang Valley on the border between Tibet and Nepal. Thus
he himself experienced the hard life of the local population. He had to
support his family until he was twenty-one and only then could he leave
to study Buddhist Philosophy at the Shri Nalanda Institute Rumtek in
Subsequently he taught at Karma Lekshey Ling Institute in Kathmandu, Nepal.
He was given the title of an Acharya, a Buddhist scholar and is a
profound teacher of Buddhist Philosophy and meditation on Sutra, Tantra
and Mahamudra level.
Lama Sönam has lived in
Germany as Resident Lama of the Kamalashila Institute (Eifel, near
Mayen) for almost ten years. In his countless courses, he continues to
inspire many people with his kind manner and profound knowledge. He is
acknowledged as a wonderful facilitator of authentic Tibetan Buddhism
and is a welcome guest in many centres across Europe.
In December 2008 His Holiness XVII Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorje welcomed him in Dharamsala, Northern India.
He feels a deep personal responsibility to help those who suffer:
“There are so many suffering, who get very little or no help at all, such as the homeless or poor. These I want to support with ‚Himalaya Karuna'.”
Teachings from Lama Sönam in english: