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Tashi Lhunpo and the Panchen Lama: Past, Present, and Future

Tibetan Buddhist Studies Lecture: Khen Rinpoche Lobzang Tsetan, Abbot of Tashi Lhunpo

Tuesday, April 17, 2007
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Herbert Morris Seminar Room
Royce Hall 306
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Khen Rinpoche Lobzang Tsetan was recently named by the 14th Dalai Lama as the Abbot of Tashi Lhunpo monastery in Karnataka, India. He is also the Founding Director of the Siddhartha School Project, which sponsors a school for Ladakhi children, and of the Panchen Lama - Tashi Lhunpo Project. Born in the village of Stok, Ladakh, India, Khen Rinpoche began his studies to become a monk at Stok Monastery. As a teen, he walked over the Himalayas to study at Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Shigatse, Tibet. He left Tibet for India, in 1960, and completed his Geshe degree (Ph.D. equivalent in Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy) at Drepung Monastery in Southern India. He traveled to the United States in 1978, where he lived and taught at the Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center in Washington, New Jersey for 22 years. Since his arrival, he has been teaching and lecturing at many distinguished universities, colleges and Dharma centers in the United States and overseas. He has also published and lectures on Tibetan art and furniture in ritual practice.

In his talk, Khen Rinpoche Lobzang Tsetan briefly reviews the history of the link between the monastery, the Panchen Lama and the Dalai Lama. It discusses the practice of recognizing reincarnates and their implications for the future of the Dalai Lama as well as the Panchen Lama. He will also discuss the role that his monastery now has to play in preserving and protecting key Tibetan Buddhist institutions, for the Gelukpas in particular. Lastly, Khen Rinpoche shares his own reasons, both historical and related to the Dharma, for not participating in planned protests calling for the release of Tibetan religious leaders, despite many invitations to do so.

A reception will follow the presentation.

Seating is limited. RSVP required by April 10: or (310)206-3072

Cost : Free.


Sponsor(s): Center for Buddhist Studies

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