The Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama, was established in 1447 in Shigatse and was one of the four great monasteries of Tibet . During the lifetime of the 4th Panchen Lama, Lobsang Choekyi Gyaltsen, there were more than 3,000 monks in the Monastery and by 1959 there were 5,000, with another 2,000 monks affiliated to the monastery living outside Tibet . Re-established in Mysore District, South India, in 1972, the monastery currently has about 300 monks, including many new refugees from Tibet . The influx of new refugees is putting a strain on the monastery which faces difficulties supporting the existing monks. The novice monks who need sponsorship all come from a remote, improvised village near Zanskar in Ladakh , India . Nearly all their families are subsistence farmers. Tashi Lhunpo Monastery seeks to provide the best possible modern education, along with a deep and intimate understanding of the heritage of Tibet . We aim to become a contributing member in spreading the virtues of honesty, compassion and sacrifice, as taught by Lord Buddha. But, we are somehow lacking from a financial point of view. So, we appeal for your help anyway you can.
Lobsang Choejor, born August 5, 2000 in Ladakh, India. He is very hardworking from poor family background. Lobsang joined he monastery to do further Buddhist studied. Presently he is also learning modern school syllabus and also with Buddhist studies. He has to undergo so many years to complete is full courses. Ven. Kachen Thukjee Wangdue is his private teacher and he takes care of him in all aspect.
Lobsang Tashi, born April 17, 2003 to a poor farmer family at Gangtok, Sikkim State of North India. From the tender age of four, he studied in their village school. When he turns eight, he joined Tashi Lhunpo monastery for further Buddhist studies. Presently doing basic studies and also going to monastic school for modern education. Ven. Jamyang Ngodup is his private teacher and he takes care of him in all aspect.
Lobsang Norbu, born May 2, 2001 is from Nomad family. He was born to a family who were completely depending upon animal, He did not receive any education. He joined Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Year 2012. Presently he is learning modern education and monastic studies. Ven. Kachen Thukjee Wangdue is his private teacher and he takes care of him in all aspect.
Lobsang Tsedup is from Nomad family. He was born January 7, 2004 to a family who were completely depending upon animal, He did not receive any education. He joined Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Year 2012. Presently he is learning modern education and monastic studies. Ven. Kachen Thukjee Wangdue is his private teacher and he takes care of him in all aspect
Tenzin Yonten was born April 25, 2002 to a poor family at Zanskar, Ladakh, India. He joined local school, the place where is staying is not safe as there used to have war between two border countries. Year 2013 he joined Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. Presently he is learning modern education and monastic studies. Ven. Kachen Thukjee Wangdue is his private teacher and he takes care of him in all aspect.
Tenzin Lhakpa, born April 25, 2003 from Ladakh. He was send to school at his local village, when he was six and studied there for three years. Year 2013 he joined Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. Presently he is learning modern education and monastic studies. Ven. Kachen Thukjee Wangdue is his private teacher and he takes care of him in all aspect.
Lobsang Sherab, born April 25, 2000 joined the monastery in Year 2012 with consent from his parents; he was seven years old at that time. The administration office of the monastery has appointed Ven. Kachen Thukjee Wangdu to look after him. Lobsang Sherab is from poor farmer family based in Zanskar, Ladakh Himalayan region, North of India. His family is from Buddhist background.
Tenzin Tashi, born July, 19, 2007 from Padum, Ladakh, India. He was send to local village school for only 6 months. Year 2014 he joined Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. Presently he is learning modern education and monastic studies. He has to undergo so many years to complete is full courses. Ven. Kachen Lobsang Thukjee is his private teacher and he takes care of him in all aspect.
Lobsang Yonten, born 2009 from very poor family, born 2009 in Lhou Tawang region in Arunachal Pradesh in north eastern India. He is the youngest monk of the monastery and even not able to tell his biography. He was admitted to the monastery along with his brother in Year 2014. The monastery has given full support and appointed Ven. Tenzin Sangpo as his care taker and teacher.
Lobsang Choedak,born January 3, 1956. He joined the monastery in Year 1977, when monastery itself is five years old. During those days there is very less education facility at his home town area in Charasa, Ladakh. He became a monk at young age but joined the small monastery at his home town. He got ordination from His Holiness and studied Buddhist philosophy. During those long years in monastery he served in different sections of the monastery. Presently due to his heath condition, he can’t take any more responsibility.
Lobsang Norbu joined Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in 1980, when he was only eight years old. He was born at Shar Khumbu, Nepal in 1972. He studied all the basic monastic education and he has special knowledge on chanting and has good voice for performing prayers. He served as chanting master of the monastery for very long. He has leg problem since birth. He takes care of his aged mother in Nepal. He also takes care of younger students.
Lobsang Jangchup is from Ladakh, born August 15, 1969. He is really a simple monk with poor family background. At age ten, he becomes monk. He joined Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Year 1983 and started his Buddhist education. From childhood he is interested in Tantric College, so he joined tantric section of the monastery and started learning about its culture. He specialized in chanting and making butter sculptures. He serves as a care taker of the main temple of the monastery.
Ngawang Zotpa was born January 8, 1975 to a peasant family at Dumra village, Ladakh. Being a Buddhist family background his parents made him a monk and sent to local monastery. In 1980 he joined Tashi Lhunpo Monastery and studied Buddhist philosophy studies, he completed all basic courses and also graduates International Geluk exam with good marks. He has a degree of Geshe Larampa. Presently he is teaching younger monks and also in charge of Kachen Choera, which means looking after entire monk’s debate session.
Lobsang Shenphen, born March 7, 1979 from Zangskar area of Ladakh. He was send to local monastery to study Buddhist monastic education. As an ordained monk he joined Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in year 1991. He has done full studies here and obtained Kachen Degree years ago. Presently he is the in charge as care taker of the student of philosophical studies. He is active in participating in all form of activities.
Kunchok Tenzin was born December 12, 1983 in Shigatse, Tibet. Year 1992 he escapes from Tibet, when he was only ten with many difficulties and specially leaving his family behind. Immediately after arriving to India, he joined Tashi Lhunpo monastery. Till now he has learned an excellent Buddhist philosophy and even obtained Kachen degree in year 2014. He also served as Library and clinic in charge. He took interest in electronics and design making. Presently he is one of the active members of the monastery.
Lobsang Choklang, born February 5, 1982 from Dumra area of Ladakh. He became a monk at the age of ten. He joined Tashi Lhunpo monastery in year 1992 and completed all basic Buddhist philosophy and obtained Kachen degree in year 2014. The monastery is looking forward for his services.
Lobsang Dhondup, born 1982 from Dumra area of Ladakh. He became a monk at age ten and joined Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in year 1992. He’s very intelligent and always tops the class. Presently, he’s preparing to take part in International Gelugpa exam and soon he will obtain Kachen degree.