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Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa

Venerable Geshe Lobsang Dhargye

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Geshe Lobsang Dhargye, Our Resident Teacher and Scholar

Geshe Lobsang Dhargey is a resident teacher at Do Ngak Kunphen Ling (DNKL) and a teacher at Sera Mey Monastery in Bylakuppe, India. He was born in 1969 in Bomdila, India. His father, Gelup Thupten, was recruited as a guard for the elder brother of the Dalai Lama for a trip from Lhasa to India to solicit C.I.A. support for the Tibetan cause. He remained in India and married Lobsang’s mother, Pema Chodron, who had fled nearby Sonam with her family.

The boy began school at age seven. After his parents divorced, he was sent at age 10 to Sera Mey Monastery and put under the guidance of Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa. Books were rare, so Rinpoche chanted Buddhist texts to the boy every morning as they made offerings or did chores. He followed Rinpoche, memorizing his words. The two shared a room for seven years until his father built them a house where they were joined by his half-brother Tashi.

Geshe Dhargey undertook 20 years of uninterrupted study of the entire monastic curriculum: Buddhist logic, reasoning, conduct, philosophy, moral code, cosmology and scripture. He received his novice monk’s ordination in 1982 from His Eminence Ling Rinpoche, 97th Throne Holder of the Gelugpa tradition. In 1994, he received his bikshu vows from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. In 1989 he received the honorable Rigchung degree, which marks the completion of the Prajnaparimita Treatise.

His final five years involved special training for the highest Geshe Lharamapa degree which he received in 1996. For his final examination, he participated in philosophical debates at all three of the major monastic seats under the scrutiny of high-ranking scholars. In 1998, he achieved First Rank among those awarded the final advanced Ngagramapa degree in Buddhist Tantra from the Gyumed Tantric College while Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche was serving as its abbot.

From 1999-2001, Geshe Dhargey worked in the Sera Mey Office of Education Development to improve its overall education standards, available texts and examination materials. His international work began in 2003 when he accompanied Khensur Rinpoche on a teaching visit to Singapore and Malaysia followed by a 2005 teaching tour across the United States. In 2006 he came to live at DNKL with Rinpoche as a resident teacher. In 2010 he spent one year back in India when Sera Mey appointed him Discipline Master responsible for adjudicating issues pertaining to monastic rule.

Presently, Geshe Dhargey alternates between teaching at Sera Mey and serving as the resident teacher of DNKL while tutoring young monks at Sera Mey via Skype. He has earned the esteemed qualifications to conduct Buddhist rituals and ceremonies, and to teach all levels of Buddhist philosophy and practice. He skillfully combines his teaching duties with meditation and contemplative practice. His knowledge and skills are enriched by over thirty years of close study and collaboration with his venerable teacher Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche.


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