2019 ENG ganden tri

With great joy we announce the coming of Ganden Tri Rinpoche, Lobsang Tenzin.

Several years has passed since Rinpoche's last visit to Nalanda. In the meantime His Holiness the Dalai Lama has appointed him to be Ganden Tri (throne holder of Ganden), the highest-ranking position in the Geluk school of Tibetan Buddhism. During a teaching tour in Europe, Rinpoche has graciously accepted our request and taken time out of his busy schedule to come and teach at Nalanda and the nearby Buddhist centre Vajrayogini.

The exact dates and the topic of the teachings are yet not determined. They are likely to take place between the 21th and 30th of September. More information will follow on the website when we know for sure. During his previous two visits to Nalanda Rinpoche taught on Lama Tsongkhapa's Ocean of Reasoning, an important Tibetan commentary that clarifies the meaning of Nagarjuna's Fundamental Verses on the Middle Way, one of the most influential texts of Buddhist philosophy. It is not certain that Rinpoche will continue this cycle of teachings or if he will teach on another topic.

The teachings will be translated into English and into French. They are free of charge but please consider making a donation to cover the costs of the organization. Please bring your own radio if you need French translation.


If you like to attend the teachings please write an email and register at spc@nalanda-monastery.eu. Let us us know 1. your name, 2. preferred choice of translation, 3. if you want to eat and/or sleep at Nalanda during the time.


Born in Tibet in 1934, Tri Rinpoche was ordained as a monk at the age of seven. He entered Sera Jey monastery at seventeen and obtained his Geshe Lharampa degree in 1979. Following this, he entered Gyume Tantric University and two years later became Master of Discipline.

In 1985 His Holiness the Dalai Lama appointed him abbot of Gyume Tantric Monastery, a position he held for 6 years.

Since then he has taught extensively in India and the West.

In 2010 he was appointed to the position of Jangtse Choje, which placed him second in line for the position of Ganden throne holder (Ganden Tripa).

In June of 2017 His Holiness the Dalai Lama appointed him as the 104th Ganden Tripa, the head of Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism.

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