Our Teachers

sharing wisdom for a happier life

Shar Khentrul Jamphel Lodrö Rinpoche

Shar Khentrul Jamphel Lodrö Rinpoché spent the first 20 years of his life herding yak and chanting mantras on the plateaus of Tibet. Inspired by the bodhisattvas, he left his family to study in a variety of monasteries under the guidance of over twenty-five masters in all the Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Due to his non-sectarian approach, he earned himself the title of Rimé (unbiased) Master and was identified as the reincarnation of the famous Kalachakra Master Ngawang Chözin Gyatso. While at the core of his teachings is the recognition that there is great value in the diversity of all spiritual traditions found in this world; he focuses on the Jonang-Shambhala Kalachakra tradition. Since 2014, he has traveled to more than thirty countries guiding students to realize their own sacred truth of limitless potential through a clear, systematic step-by-step presentation of the Kalachakra Path to enlightenment.


Ven. Tenpai Gyaltsen

Ven. Tenpa’i Gyaltsen and his root teacher, the Jonang Kalachakra Master Khentrul Rinpoche Jamphel Lodrö, have authored many English books from the basics of meditation up to the advanced yogic practices of the Six Vajra Yogas. Tenpa’i Gyaltsen is currently based at the Tibetan Buddhist Rimé Institute in Belgrave, Australia, and is the president of the Dzokden Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the study and practice of the Kalachakra Tantra


Julie O'Donnell

At an early age, Julie searched for a deeper meaning to life until finally at the age of 22 found the precious Buddhist path of Dharma.  She dedicated her life to the practice, living in temples and serving teachers from around the world practicing the Buddhist teachings and living according to its principles. Julie has spent the last 34 years practicing this ancient path and for the past twelve years has lived at the Tibetan Buddhist Rime Institute in Tecoma helping the resident teacher Khentrul Rinpoche.

Julie is now one of the senior teachers at the temple giving classes on meditation and basic Buddhist principals that can be applied to our everyday lives. Julie also manages the temple and arranges a program of courses, tours and fundraising activities to support the temple.


Jackie Bao

Jackie met Khentrul Rinpoche in 2010 and learnt meditation directly from Rinpoche. She attended his teachings on the Uttaratantra Shastra and the Zhentong Madhyamaka in the following years. In 2012, She practiced Kalachakra preliminary and received a Kalachakra empowerment at the end of that year from Khentrul Rinpoche. She practiced deity generation in the following years. In 2015 she received higher Kalachakra empowerment in Tibet to practice the three-isolation meditation. In 2019 she received higher Kalachakra empowerment and teachings in Tibet to get the permission to practice the first branch of the six vajra yoga.


Tanya Gyatso

Tanya found the precious dharma in her early 20’s and has had the great fortune of meeting her root lama Khentrul Rinpoche in 2004 and has studied under his guidance since then. She has attended several empowerments and retreats across the globe in India, Indonesia and Tibet and has had the great fortune to study and practice the completion practices of the 6 Vajra Yogas of Kalachakra.

Tanya has met and studied under the guidance of several great masters including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Chogyi Trichen Rinpoche, HE Kathog Rigzin Chenpo, Khenpo Sherab, Khalkha Jetsun Dhampa, Tulku Jamyang Zhinpa and Lama Nanthong. As a devoted volunteer of the Tibetan Buddhist Rimé Institute, Tanya assists with many activities that support the temple including fundraising, communications, social media and assists as a casual teacher in TBRI’s regular scheduled classes.


Vanessa Mason

Influenced by Buddhist principles since her late twenties, Vanessa came to the Tibetan Buddhist Rime Institute in 2012. After attending teachings by Khentrul Rinpoche, and sincerely applying what she had learned to her own life, her mere interest in Buddhism shifted to one of life changing momentum.

Since then, Vanessa has taken part in numerous retreats and empowermentsfrom Khentrul Rinpoche in India, Indonesia and Australia. She has also had the great fortune to attend other Kalachakra empowerments by renowned Lama’s such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tulku Jamyang Zhinpa and Lama Nanthong. Vanessa has worked as an assistant editor on several of Khentrul Rinpoche books and been activity involved in the many projects at Rime. Happily devoted to Rinpoche, she currently teachers beginner’s meditation where she hopes to help others experience the transformative effects of the precious Dharma path.


Caron Hill

Caron has been engaged in practice and study at the centre since 2012 and has attended a number of retreats such as Bardo, Chod and Tara and received empowerments in - Innate Kalachakra, Samaya Tara and Jambhala. For the last 2 years Caron has focused on Buddhist Philosophy and practice in the Six Perfections, engaging in the Bodhisattva path.

Caron is also a Reiki Master/Teacher/Practitioner and Founder of Makoto ReikiDo which focuses on the spiritual aspect of Reiki Practice. Caron offers treatments and a range of classes and workshops at the a Temple and has an active Reiki community Sangha. She also volunteers in a range of centre activities.