The Abbot (Khen Rinpoche) holds the highest rank in the monastery officially appointed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama after the final selection of prospective candidates by the prominent election committee members is submitted. He maintains the overall responsibilities of the monastic welfare both spiritually and internal issues.
Geshe Lharampa Lobsang Gyaltsan, born in Wakha, Ladakh in 1966 was appointed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the 80th Abbot of Great Monastery, Drepung Gomang Monastery. At age of 11, He joined Likir Monastery, Ladakh and studied there for three years. In 1978, he also received his Getsul vows (novice ordination vows) from Kushok Bakula Rinpoche. In order to study further in Buddhist Philosophy, he joined Drepung Gomang Monastery in south India in 1979 and pursue traditional monastic studies of Five Major Treatise of Buddhist Philosophy under Venerable Khensur Geshe Lobsang Samten and Venerable Khensur Geshe Tsultrim Phuntsok, since 1992, he has been sincerely providing teachings to young monks and is one of the reputed Buddhist teacher of this monastery. In 1999, he was awarded with Geshe Lharampa Title after achieving first rank and passing the six year Gelug Board Examination conducted by the Gelug University Board. In 2002, he was elected as the Head Discipline Master (Gegu) of this monastery. In 2003, he studied at Gyumed Tantric College to complete one year mandatory course in Tantric. In 2004, for three years, he served as the Supervisor of Gelug University Examination Board.
The official Enthronement ceremony will be held on the auspicious day of 25th October 2015 (13th day of Ninth month of Tibetan Lunar Year 2142) as per the traditional monastic customs practiced in Tibet.