OFFICIAL MANDALA GROUP OF DREPUNG GOMANG MONASTERY TO RUSSIA
KHAJOK TULKU alias GESHE JAMPA DHONDUP
Born to mother Tsedon and father Sophe Tsewang, Khajok Tulku alias Geshe Jampa Dhondup was born in 1975, from age 8-13 he studied at school in his native place. In 1988, he received his novice ordination vows (Gelong) from Khensur Rinpoche Tadin Tsewang. In 1991, he enrolled in Drepung Gomang Monastery and studied Buddhist Philosophy for 17 years. On 1st April, 1999, he was recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of Khajok and also received his Gelong ordination vows from His Holiness the Dalai Lama that same year. In 2008, he enrolled for the highest examination of Gelug University (Gelug Gyuktoe) and in 2014, was honored with Geshe Lharampa title after coming in first division in all six years. As customary tradition for Geshe Lharampas, he appeared for customary debate during Monlam Ceremony. In 2015, he joined Gyumed Tantric College as one year mandatory Tantrayana course for Geshes. After all his academic achievements, Rinpoche has been providing teachings to the young novice monks. Rinpoche will be giving religious teachings/jenang/lectures beside performing 'divination;mo' when requested.
GESHE JAMYANG SANGAY (former chant master of Drepung Gomang Monastery)
The Former Chant Master of Drepung Gomang Monastery, Geshe Jamyang Sangay was born in 1977, at the age of eleven he joined this monastery. After completing extensive courses and curriculum of this monastery, he was honored with Geshe title in 2012. From 18th May, 2008, he was appointed as the Chant Master (chenmo la) of Drepung Gomang Monastery. Beside his religious obligations, Geshe Jamyang Sangay has visited Russia, Poland and USA for religious purpose after receiving invitations from various dharma centers. Geshe la is very well versed with all the prayers/chants/rituals of the monastery and will be doing prayers when requested.
GESHE SONAM RINCHEN
Geshe Sonam Rinchen was born on 1975, at the age of 10, he became monk at othok Monastery. After studying elementary texts, he later joined Drepung Gomang Monastery in 1995. He received his novice ordination (Getsul) vows from Gen Lobsang Jampa in 1992 and full ordination vows (Gelong vows) from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2003. After completion of all curriculum of Drepung Gomang Monastery, he was honored with Geshe Tsokrampa title in 2014.
VEN. SOEPA GYATSO
Soepa Gyatso was born in Dehradun. He became monk at the age of 16 at his native place and received his novice vows from Amchok Tsondue, studied reading of Buddhist texts at his native place. In 1998, he joined Drepung Gomang Monastery where he started studies on the elementary monastic texts on Buddhist Philosophy. In 2000, he received his Gelong vows (vows of fully ordained monk) from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He is at present studying in Kyab Bog Class (the sixteenth Grade –of 16 year of monastic curriculum) on Five Major Treatise on Buddhist Philosophy.
VEN. KALSANG YESHI,
Ven. Kalsang Yeshi, born in 1984. At the age of nine, he became a monk at the Chergi monastery in Tibet and received his novice ordination vows (Getsul) from H.E. Kalsang Wodeer Rinpoche in 1993. After joining Drepung Gomang Monastery in 2004, he studied Buddhist Philosophy and has reached Karam Bog (Vinaya 2nd year). In 2009, he received Full ordination vows (Gelong) from His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
VEN. TSULTIM DHARGYAL,
Ven. Tsultim Dhargyal, born in 1985. He became monk at the age of 10 and joined Drepung Gomang Monastery in 1996. He received his novice ordination vows (Getsul) from Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Tenpa (current Drepung Tri Rinpoche) in 1996. Studying Buddhist philosophy classes of monastic curriculum, he has reached Karam Sarpa (vinaya ).
VEN. ALDYN KHEREL NORBU (SHERAB)
Ven. Aldyn Kherel Norbu (Sherab), Tuva monk student of monastery will be accompanying the group as the interpreter for doctor. He has assisted with translation in past tours as well as here in the monastery.
Dr. Tonpa Kyab was born in Amdo, Tibet in the year 1975.He has done his primary, secondary and Higher secondary studies from Tibet and came to India in the year 1994. He has further studied for 2 years in Sahara Institute, Dharamsala on the History of Tibet, Buddhist Philosophy and languages. Appeared for entrance examination of Tibetan Medicine in 1997, studied Tibetan Medicine at Mentsekhang for five years and did internship of one year as per the mandatory rule of Mentsekhang. Thereafter, he was appointed as a Tibetan Medicine Doctor by TMAI (Tibetan Medical and Astro. Institute, Dharamsala) and was dispatch to various Tibetan Medical clinics in different cities, Mumbai, Kolkatta, etcs and different Tibetan settlement to serve the people and societies as a whole. He has worked under Men-Tse Khang for 10 years in a clinical practice and 2 years as a Researcher in Literary Research Department of Men-Tse Khang. During 12 years in his medical field, he has been invited to different Centers in Switzerland, Germany, New Zealand and Singapore. He will be visiting Russia with Drepung Gomang official Mandala Tour group 2015, 2016 to extend his service to people in Russia and other areas.