Western Monk Participates in Rik Chung Debate


Venerable Tenzin Gache (Brian Roiter) is a student of Ven. Choden Rinpoche, and he has been studying at Sera Je monastery. In an inspiring and articulate article he describes his experience studying at Sera Je and in particular his recent participation in a special debate called rik chung in which only the top debaters are selected to participate in. He share an insider’s perspective as to how the monks prepare for and carry out debates.

I met Ven. Gache briefly at the closing prayer ceremony of the 2012 Jang Chub Lam Rim teachings with His Holiness at Drepung Loseling. We happened to end up sitting next to each other. I was impressed that he could chant all of the prayers, and now I know why.

The article appears in Mandala Magazine.

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