Resident Teacher– Geshe Lobsang Yonten Geshe Lobsang Yonten was born in Zanskar, a remote part of northern India that is traditionally and ethnically Tibetan. At the age of 10 he chose to end up being a monk joining the regional abbey and studying there for 5 years. Upon completing the tests at his local abbey he travelled to South India to start the twenty-six year program of academic study to become a Lharampa Geshe at Drepung Gomang Monastery. This degree is the highest monastic degree in the Gelug School of Buddhism. Throughout these 26 years he was evaluated on his knowledge of Buddhist viewpoint in front of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Geshe Yonten is a member of a small group of monks picked by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to study English, western approach, and science so that he might teach, work together and study with scientists, theorists, educators and others throughout the world. Geshe Yonten is specifically appointed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to be Tibetan Buddhist Centre Local Instructor.
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Professor Geshe Ngawang Samten Vice Chancellor, Central University of Tibetan Researches, Sarnath, Varanasi Professor Samten has an unusual combination of the education on contemporary lines as well as the Tibetan monastic education system. He had his monastic education at Gaden Shartse Monastery at Mundgod in Karnataka. He obtained Geshe Dhorampa and later Geshe Lharampa degree, comparable to Ph.D. degree in the contemporary system.
He started his scholastic career as Research study Assistant at Sarnath Institute, and became Head of the Research Department committed to the restoration of the lost Buddhist texts into Sanskrit, based on the classical Tibetan translations made in ancient times jointly by the Indian and Tibetan Pundits. This unique research activity evinces his erudition both in the classical Tibetan and Sanskrit languages as well as the uncommon translation skills. As a result of his impressive achievement in his field, he was promoted to the position of Teacher of Buddhist Viewpoint. He is likewise actively engaged in Hindi translations of Buddhist texts in Sanskrit and Tibetan. Teacher Samten, with his special interest in the philosophy of Nagarjuna, published the definitive important edition of the Ratnavali with its commentary as the outcome of his post-graduate research study. He is credited with crucial publications, such as a vital edition of Abhidhammattha Samgaho, a crucial edition of Sanskrit and Tibetan versions of the Pindidrita and the Pancakrama of Nagarjuna, and co-authored The Ocean of Reasoning, an annotated English translation of the commentary on Nagarjuna’s Mulamadhyamaka Karika by the Tibetan master thinker Tson-Kha-Pa, released by Oxford University Press. The Ocean of Thinking is acclaimed everywhere.
Desi Rinpoche The Sixth Desi Rinpoche: Ngawang Lobsang Choeki Nyima His Eminence, Desi Rinpoche Ngawang Lobsang Choekyi Nyima is the sixth version of Desi Sangye Gyatso, who got special care and patronage from the Great Fifth Dalai Lama and became, perhaps, the most prominent scholar of Tibet with his scholarship on Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan medication, Tibetan astrology, nonreligious sciences and administration being unparalleled and unique. Desi Sangye Gyatso later became the third regent (Desi) of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama and was instrumental in the building and construction of the Potala Palace. Desi Rinpoche studied at the Drepung Loseling Monastic University, thought about the Tibetan version of the ancient Nalanda University in India. He was awarded the Geshe Lharampa Degree after completing effectively the 6 year incorporated Common Gelugpa Assessment and having represented argument in the three centres of excellence in Tibetan Buddhist research studies, viz Sera, Drepung and Gaden Monastic Universities. Presently, Desi Rinpoche serves in the Private Office of His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama at Dharamshala