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.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

We have had the rare honor of hosting His Holiness the Dalai Lama four times in Atlanta, most recently in October 2013 in conjunction with Emory University. 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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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 1992. 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 has been an invaluable resource for the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative in 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. 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.

Currently, Geshe Dadu-la is the senior resident teacher for Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc. in Atlanta and has been working as one of the lead translators for the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative at Emory University.

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.

See also:

Distinguished Visiting Teachers

Past Resident Teachers

Western Teachers & Scholars

Tibetan Medical Doctors


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