Drepung Loseling Teachers  
     
 

The great strength of Drepung Loseling Monastery is the quality of its teachers. Among Buddhist study centers in the West, we are virtually unique in having multiple teachers in residence throughout the year who hold the qualification of the Geshe degree, the highest degree of learning awarded in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Our visiting teachers are among the most highly respected of the Geluk tradition. The Monastery has also had the rare honor of hosting His Holiness the Dalai Lama three times, most recently in October of 2007.

 
     
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama

We have had the rare honor of hosting His Holiness the Dalai Lama three times in Atlanta, most recently in October 2007 in conjunction with Emory University where he was named Honorary Professor. We were fortunate to have our new center inaugurated by His Holiness and our Meditation Hall was blessed with his prescence.

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  Teachers in Residence  
 
 
     
 
 
Geshe Lobsang Tenzin

Geshe Lobsang Tenzin is the president and spiritual director of Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc. He has taught courses since the center’s inception in 1991 and continues to oversee its activities and development. Geshe Lobsang holds both a Geshe Lharampa degree from Drepung Loseling Monastery in India and a Ph.D. from Emory University’s Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts. In addition to teaching, he is engaged in research on mind/body medicine and the connections between meditation, the emotions, and health.

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Gala Rinpoche

Gala Rinpoche was born in Central Tibet in 1975. In 1984, at the age of 10, Rinpoche escaped to India through Nepal. He joined the Tibetan Children’s Village School at Dharamsala, India, and completed his high school education from the same school. In 1991, at the age of sixteen, Rinpoche was recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the 7th reincarnation of Gala Tulku, a reincarnated teacher from the Batha Monastery in Kham Dege, Eastern Tibet. The young Rinpoche was formally enthroned at Drepung Loseling Monastery that same year and started his profound Buddhist studies and practice. He received his novice vow from His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Drepung Monastery in 1992, and also received his full-ordained vow from His Holiness the Dalai Lama at his temple in Dharamsala. He was trained and tutored by the most renowned masters of this age including Rizong Rinpoche Thupten Nyima (current Ganden Throne Holder), His Eminence Denma Lochoe Rinpoche, His Eminence Gungbar Rinpoche and so on. This young Rinpoche pursued his rigorous studies for decades and completed his learning in the Five Main Treatises of Buddhist Studies, which included logic, ethics, and psychology. Rinpoche completed his monastery study in 2009 and got his Geshe degree the same year. Rinpoche also served the Drepung Loseling Monastery in various capacities; he was the editor of DRELOMA (Drepung Loseling Magazine) and the chief member of Loseling New Temple Inaugural Ceremony Preparation Committee. He launched the new Loseling website and created a monastery bio data of the monks. Drepung Loseling Monastery requested Rinpoche to travel to western and Asian countries to teach the Dharma and lead the cultural tours of the Mystical Arts of Tibet. He represented the monastery as spokesperson, group leader, translator and had the opportunity to share Buddhism for western audiences and present a series of lectures and public talks at various universities, museums, festivals, spiritual and community centers. Currently Rinpoche resides in Atlanta and serves as resident teacher at Drepung Loseling Monastery Center.

 
     
 
 
     
 
 
Geshe Dadul Namgyal

Geshe Dadul Namgyal is an exceptional scholar and practitioner with extraordinary English language skills in communicating the Dharma at all levels. He received his Geshe Lharam, the highest degree of learning in Tibetan Buddhism, from Drepung Loseling Monastery in 1993. In addition to serving as the Editor of Lhaksam Tsegpa, a journal produced by the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, and Editor of Dreloma, a Drepung Loseling publication, he has also played a key role over the years as a convener, interpreter, and speaker for numerous conferences and forums exploring the interface of Buddhism with modern science, western philosophy and psychology, and other religious traditions, on both a national and international level. With this unique background and expertise in the interface between Buddhism and modern science, he will be an invaluable resource for the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative, which is developing a comprehensive science curriculum for Tibetan monks and nuns. Geshe Dadul-la also served for many years as the Principal of the Monastic School for Modern Education at Drepung Loseling Monastery, and then as a Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism at the Central University of Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India. In recent years, Geshe Dadul-la has served as the auxiliary English language translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and has traveled extensively in this capacity throughout the world.

 
     
 
 
     
 
 
Geshe Ngawang Phende

Geshe Ngawang Phende was born in Nepal in 1968. As a little boy he became a monk at Drubthob Rinpoche’s monastery in Nepal for two years where he received his initial monastic training. He joined Drepung Loseling Monastery, south India in 1982 at the age of 12, where he successfully completed his monastic education and passed Geshe Lharampa examination in 2001. He then attended Guymey Monastery for further Tantric studies and stayed there for a year. Geshe Ngawang was the resident teacher at the Lam Rim Tibetan Buddhist Center in Johannesburg, South Africa for almost four years. Twice he has been on the Mystical Arts of Tibet tour and now, is one of the resident teachers at DLM.

 
     
 
 
     
 
 
Tsepak Rigzin

Tsepak Rigzin is scholar-in-residence and official translator at the Institute. He also teaches Tibetan language classes. The author of numerous books and articles on Tibetan Buddhism, he also has extensive experience in written and oral translation. A distinguished educator, he has held the highest positions at various Tibetan educational institutions. He received his traditional Buddhist training from the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, his M.A. and B.A. from Punjab University, and his B.Ed. from Annamalai University, India.

 
     
 
 
     
 
See also:

Distinguished Visiting Teachers

Past Resident Teachers

Western Teachers & Scholars

Tibetan Medical Doctors

 
     
 
 
     
     
 
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