Sifu Yeshe Gyatso

About the Master

Master Yeshe Gyatso received his Buddhist name from The Venerable Geshe Damcho Yonten, the first Lama from whom he received teachings.

From a very early age the Master had a keen interest in the arts of the East, which began at the age of five when he had dreams of sitting in front of an old man high in the mountains, which he felt to be Tibet. Later, in 1976, these dreams took on a great significance when he was to meet this Master in the form of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, the Head of The Nyingmapa School of Buddhism.

At the age of eleven, he took up the practice of Judo in Cardiff South Wales, continuing for eight years. During this time he was introduced to the Zen practice of sitting and the art of resuscitation (Katsu).

In his late teens he took up the study and practice of the Zen-Shin-Ryu style of Karate, in London. After two years of practising this style, he returned to Cardiff and took up the study of Shotokan Karate with the Budokan Wales & West and Japan Karate Association. He continued studying this style for twenty-four years, eventually attaining the rank of Sandan (3rd Dan Black Belt).
During this time he also trained in many other martial arts including, Ju-jitsu, Aikido, Mantis Wu Shu and Tai-Chi.

Throughout this period, Master Yeshe Gyatso also expanded his spiritual knowledge and was privileged to receive teaching from more than forty Masters or teachers, including:

  • H.H. 16th Karmapa (Supreme Head of the Karma Kargu tradition)
  • H.H Sakya Trizin (Head of the Sakyapa Tradition)
  • Sogyal Rinpoche (Author of the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying)
  • Geshe Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche (A Bonpo Abbott and Dzogchen Master)
  • H.H The Dalai Lama
  • Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche (The Great Dzogchen Teacher, his Root Master and Author of "The Crystal and the Way of Light").

Whilst studying Tai-Chi he met a Chi-Kung Master called Dr. Pak Hong Lam, a Doctor of Chinese Medicine. Dr. Lam invited the Master to study at his clinic, which he did for two years, learning the Theory and Diagnosis of Chinese Medicine, Tui-Na (Chinese Massage), Moxabustion, Cupping, Medical Chi-Kung, Martial Chi-Kung and Chi-Kung Healing.

In 1992, Master Yeshe, at the request and with the encouragement of Dr. Lam, developed the Eagle in the Nest system of Chi-Kung from "The Nine Circles" and the "Yin & Yang Secret Transmission" systems of Chi-Kung given by Master Pak Hong Lam. During the creation of this system, Master Yeshe applied his knowledge of movement derived from his Martial arts' training, whilst also incorporating yoga and meditation techniques and principles derived from his many years of study and practice of Tibetan Tantric traditions.

Master Yeshe Gyatso currently runs a clinic of Chinese Physiotherapy, Massage and Chi-Kung Healing in Cardiff, Wales. He also tours both home and abroad conducting Eagle in the Nest Chi-Kung seminars.


Footnotes

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Geshe Damcho Yonten

Spiritual Head of Lam Rim Buddhist Centre, Pentwyn Manor. Penrhos, Raglan, Monmouthshire.

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Nyingmapa

Nyingmapa means "Ancient Ones". A name given to the original school of Tibetan Buddhism that came into being during the reign of the Tibetan King, Trisongdetsen.

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Shotokan

Shotokan means, Shotos' Hall. Shoto was the nickname of Funakoshi Gichin, the first teacher to bring Karate to Japan from Okinawa.

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Karmapa

Name given to the first recognised incarnating Lama in the Tibetan tradition. Emanation of the Buddha of Compassion.

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Dzogchen

The Supreme Vehicle of Practise and Realisation in the Tibetan Tradition. Found in Buddhist and Bon traditions. Means Great Perfection.

Our publication

Sifu Yeshe Gyatso
Mgr. Pavel Simon

Eagle in the Nest
Foundation level

Eagle in the Nest - Foundation level

Our Society has published in year 2003 the book Master series , volume 1. More details here.