VENERABLE GESHE LOBSANG
Venerable Geshe Lobsang
"I was born in 1971 in a village called Kargong in the Eastern Tibet. My parents, Pema Rinchen and
Tsepak Choetso have three daughters and four sons and I am the youngest child. I went to the local
school at the age of thirteen, and four years later in year 1991, I left my home country for India to
The arduous journey to India took me twenty-five days on foot, crossing over ranges of rugged snow-capped mountains and hills to Nepal, and then finally in 1992, I reached the Sera Monastery in South India. At the monastery I joined House 15 of the Tehor Khangtsen under the guidance of Geshe Doga and the late Geshe Norbu Dorje who were my in-house teachers.
Relying upon the late Abbot of the Sera-Je monastery, Geshe Lobsang Palden, and Geshe Shakya Sonam as my academic teachers, I commenced an intensive study of Buddhism in accordance with the Sera Monastery curriculum. During the course of studying Prajnaparamita (Perfection of Wisdom), as selected by the monastery, I had the very special privilege of being able to demonstrate my debate skills at the gathering of the entire monastic community, and was awarded the prestigious Rigchung certificate. I took the novice ordination vows from the late Khensur Ougyen Tseten Rinpoche and the full ordination vows from His Holiness The Dalai Lama.
When Geshe Norbu Dorje sadly passed away in 1998, Ven. Tsering Dorje took on the role of managing the welfare and financial responsibilities of all the House-15 monks. I was entrusted to pastoral care of the monks, as well as to support them with monastic discipline and education. At the same time, I continued my major studies of the Buddhist classics of Prajnaparmita (Perfection of Wisdom), Madhyamika (Middle Way School), Abhidharmakosha (Treasury of Knowledge), Vinaya (Monastic discipline), Pramanavartika (Buddhist epistemology or logic) and so forth. Then, having completed my study of these topics in 2008, I began to prepare for the Gelug Geshe Examination which continued for the next six years. In 2014 I successfully completed the Geshe Course (equivalent of Doctor of Divinity) and was awarded the Geshe Lharampa Degree, the highest geshe degree. After that I studied Buddhist tantra at the Lower Tantric College for a year. In total, I spent twenty four years (1992-2015) studying the major Buddhist corpus relating to sutra and tantra.
On the completion of my studies at the Lower Tantric College I returned to Sera Monastery and supported the House 15 monks with their education and monastic discipline at best as I could. In addition, on the recommendation of the Monastery, I was appointed as a teacher of Buddhism at the local Tibetan Government School.
In the meantime, our Most Venerable Geshe Doga, in consultation with Lama Zopa Rinpoche,
advised me to come over to the Tara Institute. Without any doubts on my part I gladly accepted the
invitation and arrived here in order to support kind Geshe Doga as he grows older, and also to make
a small contribution to the flourishing of Buddha Dharma. I will endeavour to do my best to follow
Geshe-la’s advice and contribute to the welfare of Tara Institute."
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Lama Zopa said: My point here is for you to understand what we are doing and what you are helping with. This is so that you can rejoice. It really is unbelievable, incredible, what you are helping with, and this creates so much benefit for the world and for sentient beings. This actually creates the cause to liberate so many beings. This is an incredible opportunity for you to rejoice, and if you rejoice and then dedicate the merits, it is amazing.