Meet our Team

A Dzokden Community in Austria

Spiritual DIRECTOR 

We are very fortunate to have Rinpoché as inpiration and guidance on the Kālachakra Dharma towards enlightenment and for manifesting conditions for a Golden Age of Peace and Harmony on this earth.

Shar Khentrul Rinpoché Jamphel Lodrö

Shar Khentrul Rinpoché Jamphel Lodrö

Spiritual Director — General Assembly Kalapa, Dzokden Board

Rinpoché is a non-sectarian master of Tibetan Buddhism. He has devoted his life to a wide variety of spiritual practices, studying with more than twenty-five masters from all of the major Tibetan traditions. While he has genuine respect and appreciation for the variety of spiritual systems, he has the greatest confidence and experience with his personal path of the Kālachakra as taught in the Jonang-Śhambhala Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

Rinpoché spent the first 20 years of his life herding yaks 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 identified as the reincarnation of the realized Kālachakra Master Ngawang Chözin Gyatso. Moreover, Rinpoche is considered the 7th emanation of Bodhisattva Akaśhagarbha.

Since 2013, he has travelled 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 Kālachakra Path to enlightenment. By teaching people how to cultivate a flexible mind and remove bias, Shar Khentrul Rinpoché aspires to create compassion-based communities, transforming this world into a golden age of global peace and harmony.

Our board 

Our community is essentially important to us. We want each one of you to feel welcomed when you come to practice at Dzokden Kalapa.

Tamás Schieszler

Tamás Schieszler

Board Member — President

Tamás from Budapest, born in 1969, is a seasoned master coach, consciousness facilitator, and advocate for compassion. His mission is to nurture individuals through transformative journeys, fostering compassion for themselves and their immediate surroundings. With over a decade immersed in the teachings of Vajrayāna Buddhism and coaching practices, Tamás firmly believes that compassion lies at the heart of our true humanity. Having guided more than a hundred clients in reflecting on their inner worlds and reshaping their inner narratives, he brings a wealth of real-world experience to his work. With a background in engineering and business leadership, including an MSc in Informatics and an MBA, Tamás has held roles as an IT engineer, IT architect, team leader, and Chief Organizational Officer. In his thirties, he co-founded a consulting company specialising in project management and organisational development. Transitioning into coaching in his forties, Tamás achieved certification as a Professional Certified Coach in 2013 and later as a Master Certified Coach in 2021, developing a coaching style that merges systemic coaching, Solution Focus, Gestalt Coaching, and Buddhist Psychology. 

Stella Katharina Klell

Stella Katharina Klell

Board Member — Treasurer

Stella from Graz currently works as an occupational therapist in a mental health clinic in Austria. As a lifelong Buddhist, Stella is dedicated to Dzokden’s principles, values, and activities. Growing up with buddhist parents, she has followed the creation and development of the Kalapa Retreat Center since her early childhood. Stella’s first contact with Shar Khentrul Rinpoché was in 2016 when he gave teachings in Graz and the Kālachakra Empowerment at Kalapa. She intensified her volunteer work in 2021 when she joined the German-speaking translator Team of Dzokden as a translator and interpreter, later becoming the coordinator for all German translations. Stella also lived and worked in Dzokden Kalapa in 2023 as a short-term resident volunteer. In April 2024, Stella joined the board of Dzokden Kalapa.

Thomas Mocka

Thomas Mocka

Board Member — Secretary

Thomas, of German and Colombian origin, lives in Berlin, Germany, where he works as a photographer and videographer. During a trip to India, he discovered an interesting object in a shop. Intrigued and fascinated by it, he conducted research to learn that it was a three-dimensional Kālachakra maṇḍala. Coincidentally, a few weeks later, Shar Khentrul Rinpoché was conducting a Kālachakra Empowerment in Vienna. Lacking any spiritual background, the ritual initially confused him; however, after studying the book series “Unveiling Your Sacred Truth” as advised by Rinpoché, he received a solid foundation in Buddhism. Meeting various inspiring teachers in the practice groups and courses served as further motivation to transform his professional life and to continue on the path, with strong faith in the Kālachakra teachings.

Retreat center OPERATIONAL Team

All of our retreat center team are followers of Rinpoché who have chosen to offer devotional service to our community as long-term residents. The team is supported by additional short-term residents and volunteers.

Rafa Lobsang Dorje

Rafa Lobsang Dorje

Operational Team — Program Coordinator, Kālachakra-Ngondro Teacher, Retreat Leader. [For Dzokden: Coordination and Edition of new Translations English-Tibetan.]

Rafa Lobsang Dorje (Rafael Nassif) began his contact with Buddhism in 2008, after practicing in other systems of spiritual practice in his homeland Brazil. In Europe, India, and Tibet he had precious opportunities to receive teachings, transmissions, and empowerments from masters from all schools of Tibetan Buddhism as well as from the Theravāda Tradition, taking part in different group and solitary retreats. He was fortunate to meet his precious Guru Jamphel Lodrö (Shar Khentrul Rinpoché) in Austria in 2015, from whom he has been receiving a vast and profound wealth of Dharma, from the foundational subjects thorugh the Kālachakra Vajra Yogas. Since 2016 he has been teaching Lu Jong (Tibetan Healing Yoga). In 2018 he received authorisation from Rinpoché to teach the Kālachakra-Ngöndro. Since 2020 he reduced his professional activities as a composer in order to serve the altruistic ideals of Rinpoché as a resident at Kalapa. He supports the community in various areas based on his previous professional background as a cultural entrepreneur, artistic director, curator, editor, publisher, performer, and educator in the music field.

Lhundrub Wangmo

Lhundrub Wangmo

Operational Team — Organization Activities, Artistic Painting. [For Dzokden: Hungarian Translations, Rinpoché's Global Tours].

After completing an education in the field of cultural management, Lhundrup Wangmo (Kati Varadi) first worked at the Autism Foundation and then at the Waldorf Foundation in Budapest. She was introduced to Buddhism in 2009 and in the following years attended numerous Dharma teachings within the communities of different Buddhist traditions, at the Buddhist University in Budapest, and at the holy places of Kathmandu. Lhundrup Wangmo has been a student of Shar Khentrul Rinpoché since 2014, following him on multiple pilgrimages and teachings in Tibet and around the world. She has been a regular dedicated member of the Hungarian translation team for many years. Joining the resident team at Kalapa in 2021, after working in Europe on Rinpoché’s many Dharma activities in Europe, she took on in 2024 an additional role as a Global Tour Manager for Rinpoché and began studying traditional thangka painting in Nepal in order to better use her skills to support Rinpoché’s aspirations.

Kerstin Chöwang Drolma

Kerstin Chöwang Drolma

Operational Team — Office, Business & Project Management; Yoga Teacher.

Born in Vienna, Kerstin has studies in International Management & Administration, and a Master of Arts in Intercultural Competencies. She has worked for international organizations as a Program Manager, Advisor & International Peace worker within the fields of Education and Human Rights. She became acquainted with Buddhism in 2012 at the Institute Vajra Yogini (France) and attended an introduction to Buddhism at Tushita in Dharamsala. Afterward she attended various teachings and retreats at different Buddhist Centers worldwide. In 2022 she had the opportunity to visit the Dzokden Kalapa Center while volunteering. After receiving empowerments with Shar Khentrul Rinpoché and being introduced to the Kālachakra Path, she made the decision to deepen her path accordingly. Kerstin became a Resident Volunteer at Kalapa in 2023 and supports her Guru’s vision and mission by offering the knowledge and experience from her professional background, as well as by guiding a weekly Hatha Yoga class at Kalapa.

General assembly

The members of our General Assembly assist the Board

Yeshe Wangmo

Yeshe Wangmo

Advisor — Dzokden Board, Kalapa Webmaster

Yeshe Wangmo (Chloe Bregman) has over 20 years of experience in Corporate leadership, Product Design, and Agile Transformation. Previously, she was an Enterprise Agile Transformation Coach for a Fortune 500 company and Dir. Design at Onelogin. She brings her experience building teams and technology products to Shar Khentrul Rinpoché’s global community. Yeshe Wangmo has over 680 hours in yoga teacher training. She has completed two years of meditation teacher training with Culadasa of the Mind Illuminated. In 2016, Yeshe Wangmo created Rimé Kālachakra for supporting Shar Khentrul Rinpoché’s Sangha activities in the US and later founded Dzokden in 2018. Since 2019 she works full-time creating Dzokden according to Rinpoché’s vision while at residence at the Tibetan Buddhist Rimé Institute in Australia. She is Shar Khentrul Rinpoché’s main secretary and an advisor to the Dzokden Kalapa board as well as Dzokden Shambhala. Her active contributions to Dzokden Kalapa include the redesign of the Kālachakra Temple, which she conceived together with Rinpoché in 2022.

Daniele De Val

Daniele De Val

General Assembly — Book Keeping Auditor for Dzokden Kalapa; [for Dzokden: Italian Translation Team — texts and live interpretation]

 

Born in Trieste, with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in communication, Daniele embarked on his spiritual journey in 2015, exploring various wisdom traditions. Soon after, he encountered Buddhism, which marked a significant turning point in his life. His path took a transformative turn in 2018, when he met Shar Khentrul Rinpoché in Rome and embraced the profound practice of Kālachakra. Since then, he has been committed to following this precious spiritual path. From 2020, he began volunteering for Dzokden, with the aim of helping to spread this invaluable path. Dedicated to translating Dzokden’s online events, prayers and Rinpoché’s books into Italian, he strives to make these teachings accessible to the Italian-speaking audience

Dalina Georgescu

Dalina Georgescu

General Assembly — Book Keeping Auditor for Dzokden Kalapa; [for Dzokden: Romanian Translation Team]