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Venerable Geshe Thubten Tsering
In the year 1934 to the East of Lhasa about three days of journey in the Gungkar district, on the back of Machu River, in the family of new Zimba Trilzin Sarpa, the mother of the family had a dream that Nagini Maltro Sichien gifting her a son.
Thus, a son was born to Mrs. and Mr. Sonam Dorjee after this auspicious dream. The mother named her son “the Gifted Son”.When his parents took the little boy on a pilgrimage to Lhasa, even though he was only one and half year, he was able to recite Tibetan letter “Ka”. At the age of nine his own father started teaching him how to read and Tibetan. He was proving to be a very clever, intelligent boy. So, his parents decided to put him into a Monastery.
In 1943, he was initiated into monkhood and enrolled himself as one of the new entrant at Gaden Shartse Thosam Norling Monastery’s Lhopa Khangtsen under the care of Geshe Gyan Choe Dhar Lak. Then he was initiated into doctrines of Rabjung.
At about 12 years of age with Phukhang Geshe Lobsang Choephel and Ngari Geshe Lobsang Tenzin as his two main tutors. He mastered the logical debating techniques from the basic color definitions.
At the age of 18 years he gave his debating examination in ” Pharchin” in the main hall. His understanding of the Buddhist Scripture was such good that even at this time he was learned enough to teach others. He wasn’t only a learned monk but always a concerned compassionate companion, a very sincere teacher.
During the class of ” Central Path ” (Uma)” he was so good in memorizing that in addition to whatever the general requirement to memorize, he had memorized thousands of additional scriptures by heart and used to stand first among his classmates for many years. When the 14th Dalai Lama was giving his debate exam at Gaden, he was one of the questioners.
In the 1959, when H.H. the Dalai Lama fled Tibet, he was one of 1500 monks who gathered at Bhaksa’s Thosam Thardot Ling to put an initiative in preserving and reviving the Tibetan Buddhism. With blessings from H H the Dalai Lama and the most reverent Szong Rinpoche, Khenpos of the Monastery, he devoted himself in learning Buddhisms and also imparting his knowledge and wisdom to all the younger monks.
He has received many doctrines and initiations from H H the Dalai Lama, Yongzin Ling Rinpoche, Yongzin Trichang Rinpoche, Kyabje Szong Rinpoche, Kyabje Dorjee Chang Rinpoche, Phara Dorjee Chang, Rev Zemet Rinpoche, Drelo Geshe Loden Rinpoche, Gashar Khen Rinpoche Lobsang Choephel, Loselling Khenpo Padma Gyaltsen, Sharhor Khen Rinpoche Neema Gyaltsen. He received his endoctrines at most of the holy places, thus he has tried to put this in writing mainly to keep the old tradition of recording the lectures he received but also to pay his respect and gratitude to his masters.
In the year 1964, as per the directives from H H the Dalai Lama he was one of the Resource Person in the Dharma Teachers, Teachers’ Training conducted at Musssorie, UP, India.
After this he joined and received the Acharya degree in Buddhist Philosophy from Banaras Hindu University, Sarnath. After this he appeared for his Geshe Lharam test at Dharamsala in the presence of monks from all 3 major Monastery. After this, at a Chotrul Monlam at Gaden, he stood first among those appearing for Geshe Lharam at Gaden Monastery.
He joined the Gyuto Monastery to master in Tantric Studies. After this he joined the Banaras University, Sarnath section as lecturer till his last days.His spare times were spend in reading the other Buddhist sects’ text and teaching the students who come to him for his guidance and help. His style of teaching was very simple, clear and precise to the point.
Unfortunately in 1986, he fell ill and since both Tibetan and Allopathic medicines could not give out any marked result he was shifted to Mundgod Gaden Monasery for further treatment and care. But again here also his health did not improve much, thus he was taken to a good Hospital in Delhi where he breathed his last on 17th April 1988.
Thus after his demise, the followers and the disciples prayed and wished for his reincarnation for the benefit of the all human beings and also for the spread of the Dharma. Thus prayers were offered, oracles were consulted as per the prevalent old tradition looked for his Reincarnation.
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