Resident Teacher- Toronto
We are very fortunate to have the highly esteemed scholar and teacher Geshe Thubten Samdup, also known as Gomde Lharampa, as our resident teacher in Toronto. He brings with him great wisdom and understanding of the Buddhas’s teachings, combined with a heartfelt wish to be of service and benefit to the people of today.
Geshe Thubten Samdup, first joined joined Sera-je monastery in South India in 1972. He achieved the highest degree given by the Gelugpa Tradition, the degree of Geshe Lharampa (an equivalent of PhD in Buddhism) in 1972. This was followed by Tantric studies at the Gyuto Tantric College in Bomdila, East India.
In 1995, the Spiritual Director of the FPMT organization, Lama Zopa Rinpoche invited Geshe-la to teach at Vajrapani Institute and two other centers in the United States. He taught in the States for three years and then eventually moved to Canada. On October 29, 2009, during the Dalai Lama’s visit to Vancouver, he directly appointed Geshe-la as a spiritual teacher to the Tibetan community (TCCC, Tibetan Canadian Cultural Center), Gangjong Choedenling in Toronto, Canada where he taught from 2010 to 2017.
In 2016, His Holiness the Dalai Lama encouraged Geshe-la to engage in the exchange of ideas with western academics and professionals. Geshe-la’s extensive understanding of Buddhist philosophy and practice combined with the experience he has gained from having lived in North America for more than two decades gives him a depth and breadth of understanding that makes him an ideal person to hold such discussions. It is with the aspiration of finding areas of mutual benefit and understanding in the fields of secular ethics and universal education that Geshe-la has begun these conversations. Presently, he is teaching at Lama Yeshe Ling at the request of Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
For more detailed information on Geshe Samdup and to see videos of his teachings here is the Lama Yeshe Ling Toronto website.
David and Arunas kindly volunteer to facilitate our weekly discussion group in Burlington.