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DEMISE OF KHENSUR RINPOCHE GESHE YONTEN DAMCHOE

With heavy heart, we inform you all the demise of His Eminence Khensur Geshe Yonten Damchoe today at his residence. Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Yonten Damchoe was the 79th Abbot of Drepung Gomang Monastery and one of the senior monks who worked hard to re-established monastery here in exile. Khensur Rinpoche has been ailing for some time. Drepung Gomang Monastery express it deepest condolence to all the disciples and offer prayers for Rinpoche’s swift rebirth

His Eminence Khensur  Rinpoche Yonten Damchoe  was born in Amdo ( Tibet ) in 1940, became monk at the age of 11 and took novice ordination vows(Getsul vows) at Taktsang Lhamo monastery from Tsultrim Gyatso. At the age of 18, he traveled to the South of Lhasa where he joined and studied at Drepung Gomang Monastery in Tibet, one of three Great Gelug Monastic University.

On 1961, Khensur Rinoche received his Gelong Vows (Bhikhu ordination vows: full ordination) from His Holiness Kyabje Yongdzin Ling Dorjechang Rinpoche, the Senior Tutor to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Khensur Rinpoche received his Geshe Lharampa in 1984. 

In 2009, Khensur Rinpoche was chosen by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to be then 79th  Head Abbot of Drepung Gomang Monastic College. Rinpoche has also traveled Russia, Mongolia, Europe, USA, Japan to give religious discourses. Having attained great distinction in the Buddhist sutras and tantra. Khensur Rinpoche, blessed with a simple demeanor casted a very special and unique personality that was revered by all. Khensur Rinpoche passed away on 30th Dec 2017 at his residence after prolong liver illness.

Monastery offers prayer for his swift rebirth to help all the sentient beings to path of enlightenment. 

82nd Birthday celebration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Drepung Gomang Monastery

Drepung Gomang Monastery celebrated His Holiness the Dalai Lama 82nd birthday with morning prayer session and 'sang sol' in front of prayer hall temple. Monastery and all its monks sincerely prays for His Holiness the Dalai Lama long healthy life. Two day special holiday was observed at the monastery.

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Felicitations/Gratitude ceremony honoring the Senior monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery

 

On 18th September, 2017, a Grand ceremony was held at Drepung Gomang Monastery’s Prayer Hall temple where in presence of His Holiness Gaden Tri Rinpoche Kyabje Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo, His Eminence Jangtse Choeje Gosok Rinpoche and His Eminence Sharpa Choeje Lobsang Dorjee Rinpoche, our senior monks were presented with memento by the monastery to express gratitude for the wonderful support, hard work and carrying forward the vision of H.H. the Dalai Lama to the next generation.

The credit for what we see today is all because of great hard done by our senior monks, who worked hard to re-establish this monastic community in present location. When the monastery was re-located here in 1972 to the present location, only 60 monks were there. They worked hard to clear the forest to create land for house and fields to live on. Working days and nights to uproot the numerous trees to make the area usable for farming and housing, some even had to work in couples to pull the plough in the field when monastery hadn’t had any oxen to do that. Beside all these hard work endured, our senior monks were able to keep up the great work of preserving the religious tradition by teaching the novice monks.

The monastery express its deepest gratitude to all our senior monks, past and present for their pure dedication, determination and devotion to this monastic sangha who will always remember their gratefulness.

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'Thuk Choera', Inter-class debate congregation.

Ignorance is the root cause of suffering, and wisdom is the antidote to ignorance. Through learning, one eventually becomes established in wisdom. Just as a lamp illumines a house so that one can see colors and shapes, so learning and wisdom enable one to see the nature of phenomena.

Drepung Gomang Monastery holds this unique distinction of having a special curriculum called Thuk Choera, an inter class annual monastic debate congregation that has been started from 13th June till 23rd June 2017. It is hold every year at the monastery. The practice of debate is the most important way to learn Buddhist Philosophy in the monasteries, it is an effective means of expanding the mind, increasing mental sharpness, developing analytical capacity and gaining internal clarity. The duration of this special ‘Thuk’ debate at Drepung Gomang Monastery will last for more than a week.

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His Eminence Drepung Tripa Khensur Rinpoche 80th Birthday celebration.

 

The 80th birthday celebration of His Eminence Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Tenpa was observed with prayers and offerings, attended by Khen Rinpoche and Khensur Rinpoches, Tulkus, Geshes, common monks and lay members of the settlement.

Born in 1937, Rinpoche became monk at the age of 11 at Taktsang Lhamo Monastery in Tibet, at 18 traveled to Drepung Gomang Monastery in Lhasa, Tibet. Khensur Rinpoche was one of the sixty monks who worked hard to re-established Drepung Gomang Monastery in South India. He was chosen by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to be the head Abbot of Drepung Gomang Monastery in 1989 and later as Drepung Tripa (Throne holder of Whole Drepung Monastic University) in 2007.

Drepung Gomang Monastery and its monks sincerely offer prayers for the long healthy life of H.E. Khensur Rinpoche. 

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