Ven. Thubten Dondrub
Thubten Dondrub was born in Adelaide, Australia 1947. After graduating with Honors in History from Flinders University, South Australia he met Buddhism in Australia in 1976 and attended teachings by Lama Yeshe and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche in June 1976 at Chenresig Institute, Queensland.
Ven Dondrub received rabjung ordination from Geshe Thubten Loden in March 1977 in Australia and then started Bodhicitta House in Brisbane. From 1978- 1980 was Assistant Director at Chenrezig Institute. He then received getsul ordination from Geshe Loden in June 1977, and gelong ordination from Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche in Australia in October 1979.
In 1981 Ven Dondrub traveled as attendant with Sera–Je Abbot, Geshe Ngawang Legden to FPMT Centres in Europe. In 1982 he lived at Sera-Je Monastery, and in 1983-1986 he was attendant to Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche. From 1988 –1991 Ven lived in Taiwan, teaching and establishing FPMT Centre in Taipei. From 1991-2000 he was resident at Nalanda Monastery and director from 1992-1993
Ven Dondrub has received teachings and initiations from HHDL, Kyabje Ling Rinpoche, Song Rinpoche, Lama Thubten Yeshe, Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche and other great Masters of the Gelug tradition.
He has taught the month long November Course at Kopan Monastery, Nepal in 1987, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001. As well he has taught in Australia, New Zealand, India, Nepal, Spain, Italy, France, Holland, Germany, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan , the US and Mexico.
Presently Dondrub is the Education Officer of the International Mahayana Institute, the association of monks and nuns connected to the FPMT. And since June 2002 he has been the resident teacher at Hayagriva Buddhist Centre, Perth, Australia.
Ven Dondrub was the contributing editor of the book “Spiritual Friends: Meditations by Monks and Nuns of the IMI, Wisdom Publications, 2001.