Geshe Lharampa Gowo Lobsang Pende

Geshe Lharampa Gowo PhendelaGeshe Lharampa Gowo Lobsang Pende was born in Bawa, Tibet. He studied at a local primary school and later joined Ba Zingon Monastery for Buddhist studies in Tibet. He escaped into exile in 1992 and joined the Drepung Loseling Monastery in southern India to further his Buddhist studies. He was honoured with a Prajnaparamita Phar-shing Ramjam (Bachelor’s in Buddhist Philosophy) in 2002, Madhyamika Uma Ramjam (Master’s in Buddhist Philosophy) in 2005 and Vinaya Dul-wa Ramjam in 2009 hence completing his formal education from Drepung Loseling Monastery. After enrolling at Geden University in 2011, he was honoured with a Karam Degree (MPhil degree) in 2013 followed by a Lopon Degree in 2015 and finally, he was honoured with a Geshe Lharam degree (PhD in Buddhist philosophy) in 2017.

In 2011, he formally commenced his community service, having been elected twice as the President of the Regional Tibetan Freedom Movement, Mundgod, followed by serving consecutive terms as the Deputy Secretary of the Local Tibetan Assembly, Mundgod. From 2011 to 2017, he concurrently held the position of executive member in the Central Dhokham Chushi Gangdrug for two consecutive terms, undertaking a multitude of responsibilities, including presidency of the Chugang Charity Foundation.

In 2016, Geshe Lharampa Gowo Lobsang was elected to the 16th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile from the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Throughout his tenure, he actively participated in numerous official visitation programs and Tibet advocacy campaigns across India and internationally, including in the USA, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Additionally, he served on both the Standing Committee and the Public Accounts Committee of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile.

In 2021, he was re-elected as a Member of the Tibetan Parliament, now serving his second term in the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile. Presently, he holds membership in the Standing Committee and serves as a member of the specially constituted Parliamentary Rules and Regulation Review Committee. Their primary task is to review the rules and regulations of the Central Tibetan Administration, including the Tibetan Charter of the Tibetans-in-Exile.

Geshe Lharampa Gowo Lobsang PendeIn December 2021, he met with political officers of different embassies in Delhi including the USA, Canada, Taiwan and the Czech Republic to advocate Tibet.

He participated in both the 7th and 8th World Parliamentarians Convention on Tibet in Riga, Latvia in 2019 and Washington DC, USA in 2022. Geshe Lharampa Gowo Lobsang Pende also took part in the 2022 Congressional hearing on Tibet titled ‘Tibet: Barriers to Settling an Unresolved Conflict’ in the US Capitol by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. (CECC)

In June 2023, he travelled to Toronto, Canada, aiming to raise awareness and advocate for the preservation of unique Tibetan Buddhism, cultural practices, and language, which currently face challenges amidst China’s concerning actions. Similarly, in December 2023, he engaged with political officers from various Embassies in Delhi, including those of Switzerland, Rome, and Japan, advocating for the cause of Tibet.

In 2024, he assumed the presidency of the 2024-2025 Budget Estimate Committee. This role involved evaluating the consolidated budget presented by the Department of Finance (DoF) of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) for the fiscal year 2024-2025. Subsequently, a revised consolidated budget proposal was submitted during the Budget session in March 2024.