Lobsang Tenzin combines the knowledge worlds of both East and West
in a way that exemplifies Drepung Loseling Monastery’s mission.
Born in northern India, Geshe Lobsang was chosen at age fourteen to study at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, the private school of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala. In 1985 he entered Drepung Loseling Monastery in Karnataka, Southern India, to continue his studies, and in 1994 he received the Geshe Lharam degree, the highest level of learning in Tibetan Buddhism. At the suggestion of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Geshe Lobsang also completed a Ph.D. at the Institute for Liberal Arts at Emory University in 1999 making him one of a handful of scholars who holds both a Geshe Lharam degree from a Tibetan Buddhist monastic institution and a Ph.D. from a western institution.
As Founder and Spiritual Director of Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc. in Atlanta GA, Geshe Lobsang has overseen its development since its inception in 1991. He has taught courses in Buddhist philosophy, psychology and meditation, and has succeeded in bringing some of the most highly respected scholars in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition to visit and teach. This has led to a complete range of programs at the Monastery for all levels of students and practitioners.
Geshe Lobsang is also active at Emory University, where he is a Professor of Pedagogy at the Department of Religion and executive director of the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics dedicated to the realization of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s vision for compassion-based ethics in education. In 2004, he developed CBCT ® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training), a secularized contemplative program based on Tibetan Buddhist mind training practices that deliberately and systematically works to cultivate compassion, used in a number of research studies for a variety of population including medical students, cancer survivors, veterans with PTSD and school children. He continues to engage in collaborative research on meditation and its impact on health. A paper based on this research was published in the Fall of 2008 in Psychoneuroendocrinology, an academic journal dedicated to the study of human behavior and psychiatric illness.
To download a copy of the article "Effect of compassion meditation on neuroendocrine, innate immune and behavioral responses to psychosocial stress" please click here.
Lobsang is committed to community service and outreach activities.
He is regularly invited to lecture around the country, and is a
frequent participant in interfaith dialogues.