Update on Khensur Rinpoche


Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche returned to Sera Mey monastery in South India on December 27, 2007. He went to Drepung Loseling to receive the Dalai Lama’s teachings, and right after the Dalai Lama’s teachings finished, he attended Dhakpa Rinpoche’s teachings (also at Drepung Loseling monastery). Dhakpa Rinpoche was told by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to give some important teaching transmissions to young Ling Rinpoche.

Rinpoche has about 12 students at his house, ranging in age from 8 to 36. In the monastic tradition, teachers practice generosity by caring for their students. Therefore, Khensur Rinpoche is responsible for housing, feeding, and clothing each of his students. Teachers are not paid for this task. Instead, they rely on the generosity of others to help them accomplish this. Thanks to generous donations from many students living both in India and in the West, construction on the Thewo Khamtsen new building is now complete. He also has a new vision to build a prayer hall at Khamtsen. In addition to this, Rinpoche teaches a variety of classes to his students on a daily basis, such as Buddhist philosophy and Pharchen.

Khensur Rinpoche and Geshe Losang Dhargye participated in the Monlam prayers at Thechen Choeling in Dharamsala and are currently attending His Holiness’s Spring teachings in Dharamsala. The subject is the 34 Jataka Tales. Approximately 4,000 sangha members are attending the teachings, along with hundreds of other devotees. He returned once again to Sera Mey Monastery on March 4, 2008, where he will give regular teachings.

Rinpoche plans on returning to Virginia in mid-May. On June 6-8 he will giving the Avalokiteshvara initiation and commentary at Namgyal Monastery (the North American Seat of the Personal Monastery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama) in Ithaca, New York. These teachings are given at the request of Namgyal center in Ithaca.

– Posted by Ven. Tashi

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