In early May 2016, the Buddhist world lost a dedicated, sincere practitioner when the abbot of Phelgyeling Monastery in Nepal, Venerable Gen Chodrak, entered clear light. He remained in tukdam meditation for almost two days before his current incarnation left us permanently.
Gen Chodrak was a great Tantric master and practitioner. Our friends from the monastery shared that, hours before Gen Chodrak entered clear light, he assembled his most trusted monks in his room to give them instructions on managing the monastery in his absence. Gen Chodrak’s funerary ceremony was conducted with much respect and tradition, and prayers were made for the swift return of this accomplished practitioner.
Several weeks later, the new abbot of Phelgyeling Monastery was elected. At the request of the monastery’s administrators and monks, Venerable Geshe Jampa Losang accepted the position and a ceremony to officiate his appointment was held on 30 May 2016. In attendance were representatives from Gangchen Ladrang, Dagom Ladrang, the Manjushri Association of Nepal and monks from Nepal’s Segyu Monastery.
Geshe Jampa Losang was born in 1946 in the Nyanang district of Tibet. At the age of seven, he joined Phelgyeling Monastery in Tibet as a novice monk.
When he was 13 years old, along with many other Tibetans, he traveled south to Nepal, where he continued his monastic studies in the newly established Phelgyeling Monastery in Nepal. For the next four years, he studied under Pemba Geshe Rinpoche from whom he learnt the Lamrim, Tibetan grammar, Tibetan medicine, mathematics, and other essential subjects.
Between the ages of 17 to 50, Geshe Jampa Losang focused primarily on his studies, travelling to various places to receive teachings from erudite masters. While in Phelgyeling Monastery, he studied the art of making sand mandalas, thangka painting and throat chanting.
He also traveled to Sera Mey Monastery in India where he studied the five major treatises of Buddhist philosophy – (1) Prajnaparamita or perfection of wisdom, (2) Madhyamaka or middle way, (3) Pramana or valid cognition, (4) Abhidharma or phenomenology and (5) Vinaya or monastic discipline. Upon achieving the Geshe Lharampa degree, he then joined Gyutö Tantric College where he completed his studies on the Tantric path.
His illustrious gurus include His Holiness Kyabje Ling Rinpoche, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, His Eminence Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, His Eminence Rato Rinpoche and His Eminence Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche, while his philosophy teachers include Sera Mey’s Gyalrong Kensur Rinpoche Ngawang Thekchok, Sera Jey’s Kensur Rinpoche Jampa Thekchok, Venerable Geshe Rabten of Sera Jey Monastery, His Eminence Geshe Yeshe Wangchuk of Sera Mey Monastery, and Drepung Loseling’s Dardo Rinpoche. While in Gyutö Monastery, his Tantra teacher was His Eminence Choje Losang Nyima.
As one of the senior monks of Phelgyeling Monastery, Geshe Jampa Losang travelled between Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and America between 1996 and 2016, giving many teachings on Sutra and Tantra.
Having Phelgyeling Monastery entrusted to the spiritual guidance of Khen Rinpoche Jampa Losang is a great fortune for the monastery. With his knowledge and practical teaching experience, he is an excellent choice for the position of abbot and uniquely qualified to proliferate the teachings and lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa in Nepal.
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