104th Gaden Tripa Kyabje – Visit and teachings of Mahanuttarayogatantra

 3 – 13 October 2019
Guhyasamaja Empowerment and Vajrayogini Blessing-empowerment.
Transmission of Vajrayogini commentary (text by Pabongka Rinpoche)


It is with great joy that we announce the visit of His Eminence the 104th Gaden Tripa Kyabje Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo, the highest authority of the Gelug tradition, at Lama Tzong Khapa Institute from 3 to 13 October 2019.

It is an extremely rare and precious opportunity to know and receive initiations from such a great Master, especially during this year in which, all over the world is celebrating the 600th anniversary of the Great Lama Tsongkhapa’s parinirvana, the creator of the Geluk lineage.

The last time Rinpoche taught in Pomaia was in 2013.


3 October
Variation: Ganden Tripa staff has informed us, due to new commitments, He will arrive in Italy a day later than expected. For this reason the Lam Rim teachings of day 3 are canceled.

Varation: Gaden Tri Rinpoche will arrive in Pomaia on Thursday, October 3th, either late afternoon or in the evening. We will meet to welcome Rinpoche, with khatas and incense, at the Villa at around 6:30 p.m. Currently, His arrival is foreseen at 7:00 p.m..

Villa Irene, located just 5 minutes walking from the Institute, next to Borgo di Pomaia, will be reserved for Rinpoche accommodation.
Access to the Villa will be then restricted.

4 October 
Variation: We have been informed that Friday 4th the Gaden Tripa will rest.
Guhyasamaja Initiation will start on Saturday 5th and will terminate on Sunday 6th, as previously foreseen.

from 5 to 6 October 2019

  • Saturday 5th
    Guhyasamaja Initiation
    Disceple preparation. 
    Access to the tent at 12:45.pm.
    VARIATION: The initiation will start at 2.00 pm (instead of 2:30 pm)
    The access to the tent won’t be permitted anymore after 3 p.m.
  • Sunday 6th
    Guhyasamaja Initiation
    Access to the tent at 1.15 p.m.
    VARIATION: The initiation will start at 2.00 pm (instead of 2:30 pm)
    The access to the tent won’t be permitted anymore after 3 p.m.We remind you to bring the bracelet given the previous day.


  • It is important to have generated faith in the Three Jewels or at least have the intention to generate, have entered the Buddhist path and are determined to enter the Highest Tantric path, to take the three sets of vows and to recite the 6-Session Guru Yoga every day for the rest of your life.
    Those who wish to take this great initiation for the first time are strongly advised to consult their Teachers first
  • Requirements for the initiation:
 That you are not a Shugden practitioner.

Commitments related to the Great Initiation: His Eminence Gaden Tripa will not give the commitment of daily sadhana recitation.
Therefore, the only commitment is to continue reciting the 6-Session Guru Yoga every day for the rest of your life or to make that commitment, if you are receiving this initiation for the first time

VARIATION: Monday 7th October:
During this day, previously scheduled with the Vajrayoghini initiation, the Gaden Tripa asked to rest.
The Vajrayogini Initiation has been postponed to Tuesday 8th.

6 sessions Guru Yoga pratice explanation:

  • From 9.30 to 11:00 in italian with Ven. Siliana Bosa
  • From 11:00 to 12:30 in English with Massimo Corona


At 15:00 Institute Lama Tzong Khapa guided tour with Massimo Corona. 

Massimo Corona has been among the first Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche disceple, furher than Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa  and FPMT cofounders.

LUNCH: Monday lunch for whoever booked it at the Institute will be postponed at 12.30 (instead of 12:00).

VARIATION:Tuesday 8th October
Vajrayoghini Initiation and Tsog offering

Access to the teaching venue will start at 12:45.
Initiation will start at 2 p.m.
Access to the tent won’t be anymore permitted as from 3 p.m.

Prerequisites: In order to receive these teachings one has to receive first one of the Three Great Initiations of Mahanuttarayogatantra (Yamantaka, Heruka, Ghuyasamja) or a Kalachakra Initiation. Otherwise, it is not possible to receive the Vajrayoghini blessing.  Commitments related to the Blessing: Those who take the Vajrayoghini blessing but not the teachings will have to recite a mala of the Vajrayoghini mantra on a daily basis.

The following days program, as previously shared, with the oral transmission of the Vajrayogini commentary and the related combined meditations will follow as from 9th October.

From Wednesday 9th the rest of the program remains unchanged.

from 9 to 13 October
Oral Transmission of the Commentary of Vajrayogini based on the text of Pabongka Rinpoche

  • Morning
    From 9:00 to 11:00
    Meditation on the Vajrayogini Sadhana with Ven.Siliana Bosa.
    From 11:30 to 12:30
    Questions and answers with Massimo Corona.
    Tuesday/Thursday and Saturday in Italian.
    Wednesday and Friday in English.
  • Afternoon
    VARIATION: Will start at 2.00 pm (instead of 2:30 pm)
    Oral transmission of Vajrayogini commentary based on the Pabongka Rinpoche text.
    VARIATION:From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m
    Meditation on the Vajrayogini Sadhana with Ven. Siliana Bosa

Prerequisites: In order to participate it is necessary to receive the Vajrayoghini blessing first.
Commitments related to the blessing and transmission of the commentary: All those who receive Vajrayoghini blessings and teachings (ending on 13 October) will have to recite the short Vajrayoghini sadhana for the rest of your lives.

Registration for the Teachings has been closed because we have reached the maximum number of registrations for the event. Thank you for your interest!

TranslationAn FM radio and earphones (compulsory for listening to the English translation. In the Event Tent the languages ​​will be Italian and Tibetan). it is possible to purchase the radio with headphones also at the Institute’s shop.

Event Registration Closed

Registration for the Teachings has been closed because we have reached the maximum number of registrations for the event. Thank you for your interest!

During your stay at the Institute there will be useful:

  • Instruments for the ritual: Bell, Dorje / Vajra, Damaru
  • It will be possible to request Sadanas from the Institute’s shop
  • A plaid / cover
  • Comfortable clothes
  • An alarm clock
  • An FM radio and earphones (compulsory for listening to the English translation. In the Meditation hall the languages ​​will be Italian and Tibetan). it is possible to purchase the radio with headphones also at the Institute’s shop.
  • The park surrounding the Institute is not illuminated in all areas; it is therefore recommended to bring a good torch for the night hours
  • Shoes with rubber soles or otherwise suitable for the campaign
  • Autumns in Tuscany can be rainy and therefore we suggest: a cap, a waterproof windbreaker, shoes suitable for mud, an umbrella
  • The shops in the town of Pomaia, reachable in 5 minutes on foot, are however provided with essential things. A pharmacy point opens six days a week for half-day shifts.
  • Wi-Fi: The free connection available to guests is included in some rooms of the ILTK and on the following days and times:
    Monday to Friday: 12.30 am to 2.30 pm and 6.00pm to 9.00am on the following day.
    Saturday and Sunday free
  • Please be advised during teachings is forbidden to take photos and any kind of video/audio registration.
  • Only authorized ILTK staff can take photos and video/audio registrations. Mobile phones will be permitted only for radio use; whoever won’t respect above rules will be invited to leave the tent.
  • We suggest not to leave any object inside the tent and to bring all your personal belonging with you at the end of each session.
  • It won’t be permitted to access with the shoes inside the teaching tent, you will need to leave your shoes in the dedicated shoe racks.
  • For more informations about what to bring we remind you to check the dedicated section in the main event page.


Having the incredible good fortune of being the hosts of 104° Gaden Tripa is a great blessing and entails a series of expenses, such as flights, visas, food, offerings; as well as room rental, cleaning, materials, etc. 
To cover the basic expenses and, at the same time, make it affordable for all the people who want to participate, a contribution will be asked which can be done through paypal or with a bank transfer. By giving a donation

    IBAN: IT28R0616025100000000565C00
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Biography of 104th Gaden Tripa Kyabje Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo

Kyabje Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo was born in Tibet in 1934, Rinpoche was ordained as a monk at the age of seven. Following His Holiness the Dalai Lama into exile in 1959, he entered Sera Je Monastery where he was enrolled into Tsangpa Khangtsen at the age of seventeen.
Following a rigorous study of the Buddhist philosophies, he obtained the highest honor of Geshe Lharampa degree in 1979 after debate examinations attended by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other senior Buddhist scholars.
Ater receiving the Geshe Lharampa degree, he entered Gyume Tantric University and two years later became a master of discipline. Rinpoche also studied the esoteric teachings of the Mahayana tradition extensively while he was there at Gyume Tantric University.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has appointed Jangtse Choejey Kyabje Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo as the 104th Gaden Tripa, the head of Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, according to information received from Ven Atuk Tseten and Ven Gowo Lobsang Phendey, members of Tibetan Parliament representing Gelug school. The appointment was announced through an official letter dated 24 June.
The appointment was necessitated by the sudden demise of 103rd Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Rinpoche who passed away on 21 April before completing his full seven year term.
The Gaden Tripa ‘Holder of the Gaden Throne’ is the title of the spiritual head of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. Je Tsongkhapa (1357–1419), who founded the Gelug school was the first Ganden Tripa. The lineage has, since, been held by the Gaden Tripas.
The Gaden Tripa is an appointed office, not a reincarnation lineage. It occurs once every seven years (completion of term) or earlier (due to unforeseen events like death). The title is bestowed alternately on one or the other of the two Chojeys – Sharpa Chojey or Jangtse Chojey. The appointment is based on academic merit which is the basis of the hierarchical progression.
Although the appointment of Gaden Tripa is automatic, it is usually confirmed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama who publicly announces the appointment or nomination at the time of changeover.