Lobsang Tenzin is the founder and spiritual director of Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc., in Atlanta, GA., the North American seat of Drepung Loseling in south India. A six-hundred year old monastic university renowned for its scholars, Drepung Loseling was reestablished in exile after the invasion of Tibet in 1959. He is a Professor of Pedagogy in the Department of Religion at Emory University and the Executive Director of Emory’s 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.
Born in Kinnaur, a remote Himalayan region adjoining Tibet, Geshe Lobsang Tenzin is a former monk. He began his monastic training at The Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Dharamasala, India and continued his education at Drepung Loseling Monastery in south India, where in 1994 he received his Geshe Lharampa degree. He completed his Ph.D. at Emory University in 1999, making him one of a handful of scholars who holds both a Ph.D. from a western institution and a Geshe Lharam degree from a Tibetan Buddhist monastic institution.