Balancing Wisdom and Compassion: a public talk by Tashi Lhunpo Abbot

May 4, Thursday

We are delighted to welcome the abbot of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, Khen Rinpoche Geshe Kachen Lobsang Tsetan, to Land of Medicine Buddha. Khen Rinpoche will teach directly in English.  This will be Khen Rinpoche’s first visit to Land of Medicine Buddha. Do not miss this opportunity! Rinpoche is known for his very down-to-earth and practical teaching style.

About Khen Rinpoche Geshe Kachen Lobzang Tsetan

Since his appointment by His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama in 2005, Khen Rinpoche Geshe Kachen Lobzang Tsetan has been the Abbot of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery-in-exile, the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama. Khen Rinpoche began his monastic life at age 7, in his native village of Stok, Ladakh. When he was 15 years old he walked with his father from his home in Ladakh to Shigatse, Tibet to study at the famous Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. They walked the 800 mile trek over the Himalayas for over two months, most of it barefooted.

In the late 1970’s Khen Rinpoche was invited to the United States where he learned English and taught classes at the Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center in New Jersey. He returned to Stok in 1995 and founded the Siddhartha School. It was his wish to give children in this remote Himalayan area a well-rounded education and the skills that will allow them to represent themselves and their culture in an evolving global community.

Since accepting the position as Abbot of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery-in-exile in 2005, Khen Rinpoche has dedicated himself to overseeing and rebuilding this important monastery. Because the lineage of Tashi Lhunpo goes back many centuries in Tibet, it is important to reaffirm and re-establish this symbolic monastery’s place in its new home in Bylakuppe, Southern India, as well as to strengthen its predominance and influence in the Tibetan Buddhist community and in the world at large.

The Tashi Lhunpo Monastery is seat to the second most important spiritual leader of Tibet, the Panchen Lama, who carries the spiritual responsibility of finding the next Dalai Lama and mentoring him in Buddhist philosophy. The original monastery (in Tibet), founded in 1447 by His Holiness the First Dalai Lama, was a great learning center for Tibetan Buddhists. Unfortunately, the monastery was destroyed in 1959 by the Chinese during the invasion of Tibet, killing thousands of monks. In 1972, the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery was then reestablished in Bylakuppe, South India by displaced monks who fled the invasion. It is located on one of the many Tibetan settlements granted by the Indian Government.

Date(s): May 4, Thursday
Times: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Instructor/Leader: Khen RInpoche Geshe Kachen Lobzang Tsetan
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Number of sessions: 1
Level: All levels
Participation: All are welcome!
Location: Main Gompa
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