Born in Bhutan, Ven. Lharampa Geshe Pema Tshering entered monastic life in India at the age of 15. After 18 years of studying and practicing, he was awarded the degree of Lharampa Geshe (Doctorate in Buddhist Philosophy) at Gelugpa University in 2003. He also earned Honours degrees in Pramana, Perfection Sutra, Madhyamaka, Abhidarma, Vinaya, and Four Classes of Tantras.
Ven. Lharampa Geshe Pema Tshering taught at Gaden Jangtse Monastic School from 2005 to 2006. He taught Tibetan Grammar and Buddhist Philosophy such as Pramana, Perfection Sutra, and Madhyamaka to monks of Dohra Khangtsen in Gaden Jangtse monastery. He has also taught Buddhism in Tibetan refugee settlements in India, as well as in Buddhist centres around the world, including in New Zealand, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Canada.
In addition to being highly knowledgeable in Buddhist philosophy, debate, and historical texts, Ven. Lharampa Geshe Pema Tshering brings an equal commitment to mastering hands-on creation of various offerings. These include creating Sand Mandala Offerings, Troma Offerings, and Butter Mandala Offerings.
Visitors may find Ven. Lharampa Geshe Pema Tshering very approachable. As one student in our free Dharma classes remarked, “Ven. Lharampa Geshe Pema Tshering’s ability to shine clarity on complex ideas and answer questions with insightful and practical guidance helps to illuminate the essence of Buddhism and how to practice through skillful means profoundly. His sharp mind, happy humour, and patience listening and teaching leave us feeling more contented, compassionate, and wise. Last, it is his own deep demonstrated commitment to working hard at practicing in order to benefit all sentient beings that makes the most positive impact”.