Venerable Tenzin Yignyen

121 Hamilton Street, Apt # 1 Geneva, New York 14456

Home: (315) 781-3058
Work: (315) 781-3707

Date of Birth: January 1, 1953
Nationality: Tibetan
Immigration Status: USA Citizen


1985 Completed the monastic studies and received the highest degree of "Master of Sutra and Tantra" with highest honor, which is equivalent to a Ph.D. degree.

1976 Received the full ordination from His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

1969 Entered the Namgyal monastery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in India.

Subjects studied:

Buddhist Philosophy and practice, Ritual Theory, Art of Sand Mandala construction, Mandala Theory, Ritual Music, Butter Sculpture and Tibetan Grammar.

Teaching Experiences:

Current Position:

Visiting Professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, N.Y.

Previous Positions:

Summer 2010
Director of Asianetwork Program for Research on Traditional Tibetan Arts in Dharmsala, India, for five HWS college students.

Fall 2005  
Director of Off-campus Indian Program NYSICCSI for 20 college students from six colleges in New York.

Summer 2000-01
Resident Artist and Instructor at Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio and Cleveland Institute of Arts, Durango, Colo.

Summer 1998-99
Instructor at Cleveland Institute of Art and Trinity College, Hartford, Conn.

Senior teacher at Namgyal monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies, Ithaca, N.Y.

1994-95 Visiting teacher of Kalachakra ritual and painting at Thekcheling Monastery in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Courses Taught:

Buddhist Philosophy:

An Overview of Tibetan Buddhist Tantra
Foundational Practices of Tibetan Buddhism
Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism: An Introduction
Practice of Shamata Meditation and the Six Perfections
Three Entrances of Tibetan Buddhism
Introduction to Debate in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition
Buddhist Tenets

Buddhist Practices:

Chenrezig and Tara Practice
Vajrasattva Meditation
Kalachakra Ritual
Have also conducted core classes at Several Tibetan Buddhist retreats in North America for western students

Art and Ritual Theory:

Tibetan Sacred Art
Mandala Theory: The Mandala of Chenrezig, Yamantaka, Kalachakra and Green Tara
Mudra Theory

Language courses:

Colloquial Tibetan
Intermediate Colloquial Tibetan
Advanced Literary Tibetan
Oral Translation of Tibetan Religious Discourses

Mandala Art Exhibitions:

Poly Prep School, Brooklyn, NY
Friends Academy, Long Island, NY
Yellow Knife, Canada
FLCC Canandaigua, NY
Iolani School, Honolulu, HI
Bard College, Anandale, NY
Fairport School, Rochester, NY
Tucker School, Boston, MA

Massart, Boston, MA
Harley School, Rochester, NY
Peace Weaver Event, Bath, NY
Val Morin Yoga Ashram, Montreal, Canada

Harley School, Rochester, NY
Ross School, East Hampton, NY
Bard College, Anandale, NY
MVCC, Utica, NY
Massart, Boston, MA
Iolani School, Honolulu, HI

TED Event, CA
Masters School, NY
Harley School, Rochester, NY
Peace Weaver Event, Bath, NY
Val Morin Yoga Ashram, Montreal, Canada
Phoenix House, East Hampton, NY
Ecofest, New York, NY
Massart, Boston, MA
Clark University, NY
Nazareth College, Rochester, NY

Campbell Hall School, CA
Saint Andrew School, FL
Bard College, Anandale, NY
East Hampton School, NY
Chapin Girl’s School, New York, NY
The Berkeley Carrol School, Brooklyn, NY

Horace Mann School, N.Y.
Nazareth College, Rochester, N.Y.
Harley School, Rochester, N.Y.
Mass. College of Art and Design
EcoFest, New York City
Keuka College, N.Y.

Mohawk Community College, N.Y.
MIT, Boston, Mass.
Child Development School
Dalton School
Val Morin Yoga Center, Canada

St. Andrew's, Boac Raton, Fla.
Tibet House, New York City
Colgate University, N.Y.
Ross School, East Hampton, N.Y.
Campbell Hall School, Calif.

Strong National Museum of Play, Rochester, N.Y.
Masters School, N.Y.
Fenn School
Ross School
Riverdale, N.Y.
Londonderry, Pa.

Harley School, Rochester, N.Y.
St. John's Nursing Home, Rochester, N.Y.
Morris School, South Hampton
Finger Lakes Community College, Canandaigua, N..Y
Yoga Ashram, Nassua, Bahamas
Peaceweavers, Bath, N.Y.
EcoFest, New York City
Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Geneva, N.Y.

Yoga Ashram, Canada
Yoga Ashram, Nassua, Bahamas
Morris Central School, South Hampton
Brearly Girl's School, New York City
Putney School, Putney, Vt.
St. Lawrence University, Canton, N.Y.
Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Geneva, N.Y.
Director of 2005 Fall Term Study for 20 college students in India

Putney School, Putney, Vt.
Finger Lakes Community College, Canandaigua, NY
Katonah Museum, N.Y. 
MIT, Boston, Mass.
Bard College, N.Y.
Horace Mann School, N.Y.
Lincoln Center, N.Y.
Dalton School, New York City  

Bard College, N.Y.
Sivananda Yoga Ashram, Grass Valley, San Francisco, Calif. 
Yoga Center, Montreal Canada 

Yoga Ashram, Nassua, Bahamas 
Union College, N.J.
Riverdale School, N.Y. 
CMA,  Durango, Colo. 
Grass Valley Yoga Center, Calif.
Adirondack Lake Art Museum, Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y.  
Peaceweavers, Bath, N.Y.

Dalton School, New York City 
CIA,  Durango, Colo.
Peaceweavers, Bath, N.Y.
Hammond Museum, N.Y.
Wagner College, Staten Island, New York City

Smithsonian Festival in Washington, D.C. 
AAAC in New York City  
Amitabha Foundation, Rochester, N.Y.  
Tibetan Museum of Art, Staten Island, N.Y.

St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.
Rotunda Art Gallery and N.Y./ Newseum in New York City
Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, N.Y.

Horace Mann, Poly-Prep and New Dorp high schools in New York City
Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, N.Y.
Cleveland Institute of Arts, Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
Asia Society, New York City
Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, N.Y.
Universal Studio, Los Angeles, Calif.

Gandan Monastary in UB Mongolia

Wind Star Foundation, Aspen, Colo.
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Calif.


Tibetan (modern and classical)
English (fluent second language)
Hindi (fluent second language)

1990-1991 Researcher and Translator for text "The Wheel of Time Sand Mandala."
1992-Published by Harper Collins.