Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tenzin
Rinpoche Lobsang Tenzin, Geshe Wangdak, was born in 1934 in
the Kham province in Tibet. At age ten he entered Ba Zingon
Monastery. At 18, Rinpoche journeyed to central Tibet and
joined the Loseling College at Drepung Monastery near Lhasa,
where he studied until 1959. In 1960, after fleeing to India,
he resumed his studies at Buxa, where a temporary monastery
was established. In 1970, he moved to the newly relocated
Drepung Monastic University in Mundgod, South India. After
two years of intensive study and practice he moved to Sarnath,
studying there until 1977. Rinpoche returned to Drepung to
take his Geshe exams, and his scholastic achievement earned
him the Geshe Lharampa degree.
Soon after completing his Geshe exams, he was invited to
teach at Namgyal Monastery in Dharamsala, India, where he
was senior teacher for 14 years, teaching both sutra and tantra.
While at Namgyal, Rinpoche received initiations and teachings
of tantric practices of all four traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.
In 1991, he was appointed Abbot of the monastery by H.H. the
Dalai Lama, a position he held until 1994. In 1995, His Holiness
appointed Khensur Rinpoche Abbot and Senior Resident Teacher
at Namgyal Monastery in Ithaca, NY. He retired from Ithaca
in 1998, and now resides at the Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist
Center in Middletown, Connecticut.
Besides his studies in the core curriculum under his tutor
at Drepung, Khensur Pema Gyaltsen, Khensur Rinpoche received
tantric initiations from H.H. the Dalai Lama and many other