Geshe Tenzin Namdak
The trustees of Jamyang London are delighted to announce that Lama Zopa Rinpoche has appointed Geshe Tenzin Namdak to be our next Resident Teacher.
Geshe Namdak is the first Westerner ever to complete the full, formal, twenty-year course of studies at one of the “three seats” – Ganden, Sera and Drepung monasteries – and to sit for the final geshe examination there. We feel extraordinary fortunate that Jamyang has the opportunity to host a teacher and scholar who combines such a high level of dharma study and commitment with a Western scientific education, in addition to his fluency in English.
Geshe Namdak has very kindly agreed to take up residence in The Old Courthouse from June 2019 for approximately six months each year. This will enable him to fulfill Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s advice to spend the other half of the year in retreat.
Biography of Geshe Tenzin Namdak
Venerable Geshe Tenzin Namdak first worked as an environmental researcher having graduated from Van Hall Larenstein University in the Netherlands with a degree in hydrology. He started studying Buddhism at Maitreya Institute in 1993 and took ordination from His Holiness the Dalai Lama before engaging in his formal studies in Buddhist philosophy and psychology at Sera Jey Monastic University (SJMU), South India, in 1997. He completed the entire twenty-year Geshe programme at SJMU in 2017, the first Westerner to do so.
Geshe Namdak was a founding teacher of Sera Jey Monastic Translators Training Program for six years, has been a member of SJMU’s Education Department since 2013, was one
of the founding trustees and teachers of CKSL, a (FPMT) center that teaches the Nalanda tradition of Buddhism, Bangalore, and the founding director of Shedrup Sungdrel Ling, a house for western monks studying at SJMU, for fifteen years. He has received a great number of explanatory teachings, transmissions and instructions from more than 25 highly respected teachers and lineage masters and has done many retreats during the study breaks. He is an experienced teacher in practical and philosophical aspects of Buddhism and teaches with great clarity and a good sense of humour.
You can read about Geshe Namdak’s Geshe examination here. See also the article in last year’s Mandala magazine