Khensur Rinpoche's Arrival Enriches Namgyal Institute's Buddhist Studies Program

The following article is from the Spring, 1996 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.

With the April arrival in Ithaca, New York, of Khensur Rinpoche (Geshe Wangdak), the former Abbot of the parent monastery, a concentration on advanced studies in Tibetan Buddhism will be the focus of the Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies program. At the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Khensur Rinpoche will spend three years in Ithaca as Abbot and resident senior teacher at the Ithaca Monastery and Institute. Three other monks from Namgyal Monastery comprise the teaching staff along with two resident Western scholars, a resident translator and traditional artist, and visiting adjunct faculty, along with special teaching by visiting scholars from the four lineages of Tibetan Buddhism.

Namgyal Programs

Registration is still being accepted for the Gyalwa Gyatso (the highest yoga tantra practice of Avalokiteshvara) initiation and teachings to be given by Khensur Rinpoche at Namgyal's one-week retreat August 11-18 (details below).

The Namgyal program combines intensive training in colloquial Tibetan and literary translation, as well as the curriculum designed by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama for the monks of Namgyal Monastery. For those interested in the Namgyal program, the Get Acquainted with Namgyal retreat to be held this year from August 4-11 is an excellent opportunity to try out the Namgyal program and to meet privately with the monks. The fall semester application deadline is July 31,1996. The Institute accepts full- and part-time students and the program follows a typical university semester schedule.

Senior students at Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies have completed three years of intensive language training as well as foundational classes in preparation for advanced study. Currently, after a brief presentation on Collected Topics, senior students are working on Lo-Rig (Mind and Awareness) using the Tibetanlanguage text Presentation of Awareness and Knowledge. Composite of All the Important Points. Opener of the Eye of New Intelligence by Ge-shay Jam-bel Sam-pel along with Snow Lion's publication Mind in Tibetan Buddhism by Lati Rinboche and Elizabeth Napper. Other translation classes are working on the commentary instruction on Gaden Lhagyama, Hundred Gods of Tushita in conjunction with Mig Tisema prayer to Venerable Lord Je Tsongkhapa and the Tibetan-English text Lectures on Tibetan Religious Culture by Geshe Lhundup Sopa. Two other classes include commentary on the patience chapter from Shantideva's Bodhisattvacharyavatara (A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life) and foundational practices of Tibetan Buddhism. Instructors include: Craig Preston, Ven. Tenzin Yignyen, Ven. Tsering Namgyal, Ven. Tenzin Lhunpo, and Lotsawa Palden Choedak Oshoe.

Tenzin Tethong Accepts Appointment as Board Member

Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies is also delighted to announce that Tenzin N. Tethong has accepted a position on the Monastery-Institute's Board of Directors. Tenzin Tethong has for over two-and-a-half decades designed initiatives that are at the core of operation of the Tibetan government-in-exile and has earned appointment to prominent positions, including Chairperson (Kalon Tropa) of the Kashag, the Cabinet of His Holiness the Dalai Lama Among his activities, in government service he was Minister (Kalon) and member of the Kashag for five years; Chairperson of the Planning Council of the Central Tibetan Administration which prepared the first five-year Integrated Development Plan of the Tibetan community in exile; Special Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Washington DC (1987-90) and at the Office of Tibet (from its inception in 19731987). Tenzin Tethong was a founding member and President of the International Campaign for Tibet, founding member of Tibet House, and founding member and President of The Tibet Fund. He organized the first visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the United States in 1979 as well as subsequent visits to the US and Canada, established Potala Publications, was founding member of the U.S. Tibet Committee, Editor of Tibetan Review, founding member of the Tibetan Youth Congress and member of the first Central Executive Committee, and Convener of the first Tibetan Youth Conference in Dharamsala in 1970. ä_æ

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