Drepung Loseling Monastery is one of Tibet’s largest monastic universities. Located in the hills in the outskirts of Lhasa, it was established in 1416. With the destruction of most of Tibetan cultural and religious institutions by the Chinese, several hundred Loseling monks escaped to India, where they worked diligently to preserve their spiritual, cultural, academic and artistic traditions and re-establish their monastery in 1971 in South India, Karnataka State. The majority of monks depend almost entirely upon the monastery for their support. Two-third of the monks are new refugees from Tibet and a number of young monks are orphans. Special Senior Monks Program: Each of the senior monks offered for sponsorship here were members of Drepung Monastery in Lhasa, Tibet and escaped from the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959. With the re-establishment of their monastery in India, these monks continued their studies and most obtained their higher Geshe degree. All served as teachers; some are abbots and many of them serve as the managers. Some of the monks are still responsible for raising funds and running the monastery, which has currently over 3000 monks. They lead a content and religious life that sets an example to the younger generation.
Geshe Tenzin Khetsun was born on August 12, 1940. He is seventy five years old. During the prime of his life, he has served the monastery in many capacities alongside his studies and spiritual practice. The service he rendered for these years was completely voluntary. He is now retired from voluntary service. Unfortunately, he has developed a high blood pressure and, as a sign of old age, painful knees too. He is currently in Dharamsala for herbal medicine treatment.
Geshe Phuntsok Rabten, 78 eight years old. At the early age he joined the monastery in his native village in Tibet. Three years after joining Drepung Loseling Monastery in Tibet, he had to flee to India. For over ten years, he stayed in the temporary monastery at a place called Buxa in northern India. In the year 1970 he moved with about 300 monks from Tibet to south India where he has been studying and practicing Buddhism. Alongside his traditional studies, he volunteered to serve the monastery in various capacities including administrator and construction supervisor. It’s been four year years since he retired from the voluntary service to the monastery.
Geshe Kalsang Tenpa, 85 years old now. For so many years after completing his formal studies, he was engaged in voluntary teaching of Buddhist philosophy to a group of students. However, he had to stop the teaching service due to a litany of health problems.
Ven. Lobsang Tsultrim wa born on January 15, 1935 in Dherong district of Dhokham, Tibet. He joined Drepung Loseling Monastery in Tibet in 1953 to study Buddhism. However, following Chinese invasion over Tibet in 1959, he fled to India and resumed his studies for about ten years at Buxa, a temporary monastery in West Bengal state and then at this relocated monastery in South India. After completing his studies at the monastery, he has served at the monastery in various capacities including that of administrator and an assistant for disciplinarian.
Geshe Jampa Wangchen is 49 years old from Tehor, Tibet. For many years he was on medication for gastroenteritis and Hepatitis B. After seeing local doctors for almost a year, he had to eventually go to a bigger hospital in Hubli for treatment. Much to his shock, his both kidneys have failed and that he was urgently in need of dialysis. He was lucky that one of his relatives offered to donate a kidney. The transplantation was successful. However, for nearly four months after the transplantation, he remained under the close observation of the doctor. Being a poor monk, he had to borrow a huge amount of money to pay for all the tests and the transplantation. A generous sponsorship to alleviate his burden of the debt will be greatly appreciated.
Geshe Thupten Chodak, born at a small village Serchu Tengzong in Tibet in 1986. Due to Chinese constant interference in the activities of the monks in the monastery, he came into exile in year 1998, he arrived in India after ardous journey of over three months through Himalayan passes. He joined Drepung Losel Ling Monastery and engaged in the rigorous study program of the monastery. He has successfully completed his studies at the monastery. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with cancer in the neck about two years ago. Due to poor financial background, he was not in a position to afford treatment for the cancer. He sought loans from various people to be able to pay for the treatment. He even underwent Chemotherapy. On the advice of the doctor, he still visits the doctor every six months to rule out the possibility of the cancer coming back. A sponsorship to help him ease the financial burden will be greatly appreciated.
Geshe Gedun Soepa, 81 years old from Lhoka, Central Tibet. He moved to Lhasa in Yr. 1955 and joined Drepung Loseling Monastery to pursue further studies. After the Chinese invasion in Tibet 1959, he came into exile and spent 11 years in Bauxa, a transit camp in North India. He moved to Drepung Losel Ling Monastery South India. He successfully completed monastic core curriculum and earned Geshe lharampa degree and title in year 1988. He has had many health issues including diabetes and wind disorder over the past few years. Please help to support him through this financial difficulty.
Geshe Thubten Norbu is from a small village called Dhetsa in Kham Lithang, Tibet in the year 1964. He escaped into India in Yr. 1960 to join Drepung Losel Ling Monastery. He has since been engaged vigorously in studying the core curriculum of the monastery. He successfully completed his formal study and earned Geshe degree and title in the year 2013. However, in the past few years he has faced a lot of difficulties in getting timely treatment for his health problem, he had Tuberculosis and has been undergoing treatment for gastroenteritis. A sponsorship to support him financially for his medication and supplementary nutrition will be greatly appreciated.
Tsering Tashi was born on February 5, 2005 at a small village in Mon, Arunachal Pradesh, India. His father, Sangye Tsering and mother Tsering Dolma are farmer by occupation. Being poor his parents have sent him to study Buddhism in Drepung Loseling Monastery. He was enrolled into this monastery in the year 2014. Since he was too young to begin his study on Buddhist philosophy, he joined the monastic school where he began to study the basics on English, Tibetan, Maths, etc. While at the monastery he is under the care of a senior monk Passang Tsering. His hobby is playing football and riding bicycle.
Sonam Lepcha, born November 15, 2002 in Sikkim, north east India. His parents Bhaichung Lepcha (Father) Mamta Lepcha (Mother) are a simple, traditional farmer. They subsist on the meagre yield from farming. From the very tender age of 4-5 he had expressed strong desire to join monastery. Even though the parents were quite reluctant at first to send their son so young to the monastery they had to give in to his insistence. So, he joined Drepung Loseling Monastery in the year 2014. He is currently studying in the 2nd grade of the monastic school, studying Tibetan, English, Mathematics, Social Science and Scriptural memorization. His hobby is reading story books and drawing.
Lobsang Chopa was born on February 5, 2005 at a remote place called Kinnour in Himachal Pradesh, north India. His father Pawan Kumar and mother Sujata Kumari are farmer. He enrolled in this monastery in March 2015. He is an under-age for the monastic mainstream curriculum. So, he has joined the monastic school where he is currently studying in the upper kindergarten. His favorite subject is English. His hobby is reading comics.
Gigmey Rabten, born November 3rd, 2004 at Chimburawa in Tibet. His parents Damdul (father) and Lhadon (mother) are farmer. He came to India in 2010 with some elderly people from his native place. To cross Indian border secretly, his group chose to walk only during night to avoid being seen and caught by the Chinese police. It took him nearly one month to reach India. At the time of his enrollment into this monastery he was too young to join the monastic mainstream curriculum. So, he took the opportunity to study at the monastic school in grade II, studying English, Tibetan, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, and doing Scriptural memorization practice. He is under the care of his mentor Ven. Ngawan Phuntsok. He likes reading story books.
Kunsang Dorjee was born at Spiti, a small village in Himachal Pradesh India on October 11 2006. His father’s name is Dorjee Rabten and mother’s Yeshi Wangmo. His native village is so remote it is quite difficult to get there. The modern transportation and communication system there is very poor.
He enrolled into this monastery in the year 2014. He is currently studying in the kindergarden level at the monastic school. Once he reaches 14 years old he can join the mainstream monastic curriculum. His hobby is playing football and video game.
Pempa Tsering is from a very remote village called Lho Chemi Gyatso in Nepal, born January 11, 2004. His parents are farmer. He joined the monastery in year 2014. and presently he’s at the monastic school to study modern subjects like Tibetan, English, Social Studies, Science and Mathematics. He is in upper kindergarten class. He loves to draw picture in his free time. His favorite subject is English. A generous thought to support him financially through his studies and practice will be greatly appreciated.
Thupten Namgyal was born at Zanskar in Ladakh, northern India on September 15, 2004. His father Tsering Gyudmet and mother Rinchen Dolma are farmer. He joined the monastic school in year 2014 and currently studying in grade II. He loves to read story books and his favorite subject is English.
Tenzin Choephel, born to a farming parents at Zanskar, Ladakh on November 19, 2004. He is under the care of Ven. Yeshi Thapkye, his mentor. He joined the monastery in Year 2012, currently studying in class I in the monastic school. He studies Tibetan, English, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science and does a few other practices like calligraphy and drawing. His hobby is playing video-games and reading story books.