Geshe Wangdak Khensur Rinpoche

Khensur Rinpoche was born in 1934 in Kham, eastern Tibet. He pursued the traditional studies of a monk and was enrolled at the great Drepung University near Lhasa until the 1959 exodus from Tibet. As a refugee in India, he continued to study intensively, preserving the ancient traditions of Tibetan Buddhism at re-established universities where he earned the highest academic honors. He was then invited to Namgyal Monastic University, the seat of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama until 1995.

Then, the Dalai Lama appointed Rinpoche as abbot and senior teacher at Namgyal Monastery in Ithaca, New York. He now teaches at Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center in Connecticut.

View photos of Rinpoche blessing the Abbey land during his first visit.