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Hlarampa Geshe Jinpa Sonam

Photo of Geshe Jinpa Sonam "Geshe-la" as his students call him, is currently our resident teacher. Geshe Jinpa Sonam is a Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy Scholar. He comes from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in south India. Geshe-la was born on May 25, 1955 at place called Ladhak Zhangskar, Tibet (now under Indian territory). His father Ngawang Rabgay and mother Dolma Palzom have five children including himself. In 1967, he became a monk at Ladhak monastery named Thak-Ri-Mo Monastery. He studied in this monastery for six years. Among the four different followers of Buddhism namely: Kargyu, Nyingma, Gelug and Sakhya, the monastery follows the Kargu Buddhism. Then on 1973, the novice joined in Drepung Gomang Monastery, Mungood, located south of India. Drepung Gomang Monastery is follower of Gelugpa. In this monastery, he studied all the five different levels of intensive Buddhist text and philosophy for 16 years. From 1993 to 1996 (three years), he worked as the chanzoe (administrator) of the monastery.

After the finish of his responsibility to work as a Chanzoe for three years of the monastery, he again studied the text and philosophy of Buddhism. Finally, in 1999 he passed the Gelupa Board Examination for Geshe Hlharampa Degree and honored him the Geshe Lharampa Degree (Which is equivalent to the Doctorate of Philosophy of this modern education). On the same year, he was deputed to Tibetan Culture Centre (TCC), in Bloomington, Indiana, with three other monks for the teaching and highlighting of the Buddhism to the peoples around that place before going back to India. Through the infinite kindness of Hee-Soon Blanchet and George Soister, he was brought back to the United States where was resident teacher at the Gomang Meditation and Dharma Center of Independence, Kentucky before coming to Indiana.