First Female Geshe: Ven Kelsang Wangmo


updated September 14, 2013: here’s the link to a 2012 interview with Geshe Wangmo that appeared in Mandala magazine.

(source: email forwarded by Ven Tenzin Lhamo)

Great News!

Yesterday, the Institute for Buddhist Dialectical Studies [IBD] conferred a Rimey Geshe degree upon Ven. Kelsang Wangmo and her remaining classmates!

Thus, Geshe Kelsang Wangmo (a native of Germany) is the first woman to be awarded that recognition. Please SPREAD THE NEWS!

The diploma itself specifies that it is the equivalent in Tibetan Buddhist tradition of Ph.D. in Buddhist Philosophy.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama authorized IBD to confer the Rimey Geshe degree. Rimey highlights the non-sectarian character of IBD’s advanced Buddhist philosophy program. Those who qualified for the diploma (in additional to completing rigorous annual exams and submitting a dissertation per current requirements for higher Geshe degrees at the three great monastic universities in south India) studied the philosophical presentations of all four major Tibetan traditions. Additionally, Geshe Kelsang Wangmo studied Tantra in the final two years of IBD’s program.

As you may be aware, Geshe Kelsang Wangmo has been teaching Advanced Buddhist Philosophy Courses in English at IBD for several years on Monday, Wednesday & Fridays (4:00 – 5:30 p.m.). You can see photos with explanatory text on our course blogspot here.

The blogspot post GESHE Kelsang Wangmo links to more photos which you can link to on Flickr here.

It is traditional to offer khatag to new Geshes with whom one has a connection, etc. We’ll arrange an occasion for that and publish it here.

** The IBD website has recordings and hand-outs (in English) related to on-going classes such as Abhisamayalamkara, what an incredible resource!

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