Tarab INstitute international

Is the umbrella organisation, setting guidelines for the national institutes.

Foothills of Gongbo traditional home of Tarab Rinpoche

brief history

Welcome to the website for Tarab Institute International

Early days Tarab Tulku

Dr Tarab Tulku XI, Lharampa Geshe (1934-2004), was deeply engaged in the ancient inner-sciences, Sutras and Tantras in Tibet. Already seen as one of the best Tibetan scholars of our time, when he fled to India in 1959 at the age of 24.

In 1962 he was invited to Denmark where he started a long academic career as University Lecturer and Research Librarian, where his Lharampa Geshe degree was meliorated to a PhD.

Rinpoche Danmark 1962 SQ

Unity in Duality

During this period he managed alongside his official work to continue his personal research, identifying the universalities of his cultural heritage, which developed into an extraordinary education under the name “Unity in Duality (UD).”

The Dalai Lama and Samdhong Rinpoche (Right hand to His Holiness) have both noted the great importance of Tarab Rinpoche’s new and insightful way of presenting the ancient wisdom, based on Interrelated nature, Pratityasamudpada (Tendrel).

Dalei Lama _ Tarab Tulku

Lene Handberg and TII

The following years he and his student and close associate, Lene Handberg, taught and further developed UD for a modern audience. Shortly before the all too early passing of Dr Tarab Tulku XI the full responsibility for Unity in Duality Education was given to Lene Handberg.

In 2007, in order to maintain the integrity of UD Education, she took the initiative with Tarab Institutes and Tarab Ling to establish an umbrella organisation “Tarab Institute International”.

Tarab Tulku en Lena RundL SQ

Fonden Tarab Institute International (F-TII)

(The Foundation Tarab Institute International)

F-TII is a tax-relieved, non-profit organisation. It is a coordinating umbrella organisation of the legally and financially independent Tarab Institutes and Tarab Ling Institute.

FTTI board

Fonden Tarab Institute International (F-TII)

Cecilia Innanen


Representative TI-FIN
Chairman Tarab Institute Finland,
Psychiatric Nurce and Psykoterapist

Frances Nijssen

Secretary and Treasurer

Representative of Gratuates to TII-Board
Organisational psychologist, supervisor and core-energetic therapist, partner of the Perspectiefgroep

Carin Muhr

 member FTTI board

Representative TI-S
Chairman of Tarab Institute Sweden
Professor in Neurology at Uppsala University and the University Hospital

Educational Board

helping out on the UD Educational aspect

Lene Handberg v3 portrait

Lene Handberg

educational director

Lene Handberg is psychotherapist, studied Psychology and Tibetology at Copenhagen University. She holds a Semrig Thablam Rabjam degree

Christine Klett-Esters

Member Educational Board

Christine Klett-Esters is having her private psychotherapeutic practice. She has professional qualifications (apart from her specialist medical training) mainly in-depth psychology-oriented therapy, Gestalt therapy and family therapy


Member Educational Board

Heading exam committee
Caroline Vossen is Dutch with a master degree in psychology, followed by a four-year post-doctoral education, making her registered clinical psychologist and psychotherapist.

Faculty F TII

Our UD and workshop teachers

Lene Handberg v3 portrait

Lene Handberg

educational director

Lene Handberg is psychotherapist, studied Psychology and Tibetology at Copenhagen University. She holds a Semrig Thablam Rabjam degree

Sandrine Gousset


Assistant Teacher UD Training +all.
Sandrine Gousset is Ph.D. in Sociology and Political Science, she has been working in universities in the U.S. and France for a few years before graduating in Psychology and Psychotherapy.


member Faculty TII

Assistant Teacher UD Training +all.
Caroline Vossen is clinical psychologist and psychotherapist. She is supervisor of the VGCT, the Dutch Association of Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

Academic advisory board

Our guarantee for quality

Juergen Knop

Prof.Dr Jürgen Knop

member Academic advisory board

He was postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute, Freiburg and the Department of Microbiology, University of Adelaide. Later, becoming Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Dermatology, University of Münster.

Prof.Dr Carin Muhr

member Academic advisory board

Associate Professor of clinical Neurology, Uppsala University, Sweden and Honorary Professor, Universidad San Martin de Porres, Lima, Peru

Samdhong Rinpoche portrait

Prof.Dr Samdhong Rinpoche

member Academic advisory board

Chancellor of the Sanchi University of Buddhist-Indic Studies in Madhya Pradesh.

Prof.Dr Michel Bitbol

member Academic advisory board

Professor Michel Bitbol, Ph.D., is Directeur de Recherche at the CNRS, in Paris, France. He is presently based at the Archives Husserl, a center of research in Phenomenology. He received successively his M.D., his Ph.D. in physics, and his “Habilitation” in philosophy in Paris


Research into issues in connection with UD theory and practice

Lene Handberg v3 portrait

Lene Handberg

educational director

Lene Handberg is psychotherapist, studied Psychology and Tibetology at Copenhagen University. She holds a Semrig Thablam Rabjam degree

Dr Liliane Borel


Director of Research at the CNRS, co-director of the team Sensory and Cognitive Rehabilitation.

Dr Madhavi Maganti


Madhavilatha has a background in Developmental Psychology with a post-doctoral specialisation in Developmental Cognitive Science.

Tarab institutes around the world

Currently there are ten countries where a Tarab Institute is located.
The contact details can be found via the button below.

our founder

Tarab Tulku Rinpoche

1934 – 2004

Tarab Tulku Ngawang Losang. Lharampa Geshe and Dr Phil. (1934-2004).
Tarab Tulku, Tibetan Reincarnation Lama, concluded his studies in Indo-Tibetan Psychology, Philosophy/Inner-science of Mind and Existence in Tibet with the highest academic degree of Lharampa Geshe.

Tarab Rinpoche fled from Tibet in 1959, he was Director of Tibet House in New Delhi, India (1963-1965), a lecturer at Copenhagen University and Research Librarian at the Royal Library of Copenhagen (1960-1963 and 1965-2000).

our co founder

Lene Handberg STR

UD Educational director

Lene Handberg is the co-originator of the Unity in Duality Training and Educational Director of Tarab Institute International, an organisation with branches now in Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Sweden, Holland, Slovakia, Spain and India, devoted to advancing the universalities of ancient Indo-Tibetan personal and spiritual wisdom

A native of Denmark, Lene Handberg was a student and protégé of Tibetan Buddhist lama, Lharampa Geshe/Ph.D. Tarab Tulku XI, a contemporary scholar of the Dalai Lama, who developed a very complete Modern version of advanced Indo-Tibetan teachings, he called Unity in Duality, Tendrel, by extracting the universalities that apply to anyone beyond culture and faith. Together with Ms Handberg, he founded the Tarab Institutes and developed the presentation of the Unity in Duality Training to disseminate this knowledge and investigative practice oriented tradition.

Lene Handberg v3 portrait