Ven. Geshe Ngawang Dharghey

The following article is from the Winter, 1986 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.

The Ven. Geshe Ngawang Dharghey trained in the monastic tradition of Buddhist philosophy, debate and meditation from early childhood and grew up to become one of the most learned and respected members of his generation.

After the Chinese takeover of Tibet in 1959, he fled to India along with the hundreds of thousands of his countrymen who followed His Holiness the Dalai Lama into exile.

In India he completed his studies, graduating with the highest degree (lharam).

At the request of the Dalai Lama, Geshe Dharghey was appointed principal teacher at the Tibetan Library in Dharamsala, a village in the Himalayan foothills where the Dalai Lama established his Government-in-exile.

For eighteen years Geshe Dharghey taught thousands of Western students every aspect of sutra and tantra with great love, compassion and understanding.

In 1982 he travelled abroad to take up a visiting professorship at University of Washington in the United States. This was followed by a year-long teaching tour at the invitation of Buddhist centres throughout the world.

Geshe-la presently lives in New Zealand where he is the resident lama at the Dharghey Dharma Centre in Dunedin.

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Geshe Ngawang Dharghey

At the conclusion of a very successful six-week lecture tour of New Zealand, in 1983 Geshe Dharghey agreed to return here to establish a Buddhist centre of learning. In June 1985 he arrived in Dunedin accompanied by two Tibetan monk attendants and a translator. The Dharghey Dharma Centre was set up as a charitable trust. A beautiful historic mansion was acquired and is now the centre and the residence of Geshe Dharghey and his party. Several of the centre's supporters also live in the house. There is a large meditation room where regularly scheduled teachings and meditations are held.

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