VEN. GESHE LOBSANG DELEK

Ven. Geshe Lobsang Delek

Ven. Geshe Lobsang Delek

Born in the year 1939 at Khantse Pantso (Karze) in Tibet to Tsewang Pantso (father) and Dhonyo Lhamo (mother). At a very young age of 7, he was initiated at his native Karze Monastery in Tibet. And it was at this monastery, he received his initial education in Tibetan language and formal training in prayer manuals and later on higher Buddhist texts.

At the age of 8, he took the Getsul (Sramanera) ordination from the previous incarnation of Trungsar Rinpoche, at his native monastery in Karze.

On reaching the age of 17, he left his native monastery and went to Lhasa, to pursue higher studies in Buddhist philosophy at Sera Jey Monastery.

In the year 1959, he with fellow monks escaped Tibet and took refuge in India, following His Holiness The Dalai Lama’s arrival in India. He continued his studies and practice at the special rehabilitation camp in Buxa – West Bengal, which was specifically created as the interim base to preserve the unique religion and culture of Tibet.

In the year 1965, he took the Gelong (Bikshu) ordination from His Holiness The Dalai Lama at Dhramsala. And in the early 1970’s moved to South India with the group of 200 native monks of Sera Jey – temporarily based at Buxa, to re-establish Sera Jey Monastery at Bylakuppe (Mysore District). He had the good fortune to study under the tutorship of renowned scholars – the then Abbot – Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Wangchuk and Gyudmed Khensur Dorjee Tashi.

He graduated the Karam (Masters) Lopon (M. Phil) and Lharam Geshe (Ph.D) with first position. He received his Lharam Geshe (Ph.D) graduation in the year 1987.

Following the Lharam Geshe graduation, he committed his entire time to teachings at the monastery. In 1994, he was appointed as the Chief Disciplinarian of Gyudmed Tanric Monastery, one of the two main Tantric Monasteries of Gelug tradition. And later in the following year, he was elected as the Chief Disciplinarian of Sera Jey Monastery.

In 2002, he was appointed the Lama Oze (the highest position next before the Abbot) of Gyudmed Tantric Monastery – Gurupura, by His Holiness The Dalai Lama. After completing the three year tenure of Lama Oze, he was appointed to the Abbot of Gyudmed Tantric Monastery by His Holiness The Dalai Lama. He successfully completed the three year Abbot tenure in 2008.

In the year 2011, he was appointed the Abbot of Sed-Gud Monastic Institute of Buddhist Studies – Salugara (West Bengal) by His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

He was enthroned to the seat of Abbot of Sera Jey Monastery on 6th May 2012. His successive appointment to eminent positions marks a very special significance within the monastic tradition. For the vast knowledge of the Sutras that he possess and years of practice, blessed with a simple demeanour has casted a very special and unique personality that is revered by all.

As a Buddhist scholar and teacher and as the abbot of the monastery, he is obliged to travel far and wide to share and guide devotee communities on the knowledge and wisdom of Buddha’s noble philosophy.

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