Sunday, September 12, 2010

Geshe Wangdak Khensur Rinpoche: Lam Rim Teachings

Lobsang Tenzing Geshe Wangdak, Khensur Rinpoche was born in 1934 in the Kham province in Tibet. At age ten he entered Ba Zingon Monastery and at eighteen joined Loseling College at Drepung Monastery where he studied until 1959. In 1960 he resumed his studies at Buxa and in 1970 moved to the new Drepung Monastic University in south India. Soon after completing his Geshe exams in 1977, he was invited to teach at Namgyal Monastery in Dharamsala, India, where he was senior teacher for fourteen years, teaching both sutra and trantra.

Besides his studies in the core curriculum under his tutor at Drepung, Pema Jetsun, Khensur Rinpoche received tantric initiations from H.H. the Dalai Lama; from His Holiness' two tutors, Ling Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche; and other esteemed scholars including Zong Rinpoche.

While at Namgyal, Rinpoche received tantric initiations and teachings in all four traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. In 1991, he was appointed Abbot of the monastery by H.H. the Dalai Lama, until 1994. In 1995, His Holiness appointed Khensur Rinpoche Abbot and Senior Resident Teacher at Namgyal Monastery in Ithaca, NY. He retired from Ithaca in 1998, and now resides at the Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center in Middletown, Connecticut.

Rinpoche teaches in Tibetan with English translation by Ven. Tsenla.


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