The following article is from the Spring, 1990 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.

The Venerable Tara Tulku Rinpoche

The Venerable Tara Tulku Rinpoche taught on The Roots of Tibetan Buddhist Practice at the Gaden Choling Centre in Toronto, Canada from April 13 to May 3, 1990. The highlight of his teachings was the two-day Guhyasamaja Initiation, given for the first time in Canada. This was followed by four evenings of commentary on the practice of Guhyasamaja. Rinpoche also gave Mahakala and Lama Tsongkhapa initiations, and will teach on The Buddhist Road to Peace, The Four Levels of Tantra, and The Practice of Guru Yoga.

Venerable Tara Tulku Rinpoche's Background

Born in Tibet in 1925, the Ven. Tara Tulku Rinpoche was enthroned as a high incarnation at Drepung Monastery near Lhasa at the age of six. He completed the Geshe Lharampa degree with highest honors in 1955, then proceeded to Gyuto Tantric College for advanced practice of contemplation and training in the ritual arts (making him one of the last monks to receive a complete training on his native soil).

Great tantric institute GyutoTantric Monastery(GyutoDratsang) preservation great Teacher Tsongkhapa, accomplished masters of Tibet.

Gyuto Tantric Monastery (Gyuto Dratsang)

Escaping from the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959, Tara Rinpoche reestablished the Gyuto monastery in India, serving an unprecedented three terms as its abbot. After a teaching tour of the United States in 1983-84 (during which he was the Henry R. Luce Professor of Comparative Religious Ethics at Amherst College), Rinpoche returned to India. Having retired from his post at Gyuto, he was appointed abbot of the Mahayana Monastery in Bodhgaya by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Renowned for both his spiritual teaching and community leadership, Tara Rinpoche is especially loved in both east and west for his knowledge, eloquence, and inspiring presence.

The Gaden Choling Mahayana Buddhist Meditation Centre

This was his first visit to Canada.

The Gaden Choling Mahayana Buddhist Meditation Centre, located in downtown Toronto, is under the direction of the Ven. Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, who founded it in 1980.

Events in 1990 also included visits by Ven. Lati Rinpoche, who gave the Heruka and Vajrayogini initiations and commentaries (August 7-21, '90); and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who was expected to visit Toronto in late September (dates were to be determined).

Contact information:


637 Christie St
Toronto, ON
M6G 3E6
(One block south of St.Clair on Christie)


(416) 651-3849


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