ENG 2019 Ganden Tripa 2

Visit of the 104th Ganden Tripa
Kyabje Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo

600th Commemoration of the Parinirvana of Lama Tsongkhapa

2019 is the six hundredth anniversary of the ascension to Parinirvana by Lama Tsongkhapa (1357–1419), the founder of the Geluk lineage.

To commemorate this event, Nalanda Monastery is extremely pleased and honoured to receive Kyabje Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo, the 104th Ganden Tripa, on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th of September. Rinpoche being the Throne holder of Ganden and currently the head of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism.

Visit by Ganden Tripa Rinpoche to Nalanda - schedule

On Monday 23rd September:

7pm: Teaching on "In Praise of Dependent Arising", one of the most influence text by Lama Tsongkhapa (download text)

On Tuesday 24th September:

10am: Guru puja and tsog (details to be confirmed)
7pm: Jenang (subsequent permission) of Orange Manjushri, Buddha of wisdom.

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.

The Ganden Tripa lineage

Lama Tsongkhapa was the first Ganden Tripa. The lineage has been held by the Ganden Tripas. This function is not a reincarnation lineage. There is a traditional Tibetan saying: “If a beggar’s child has the ability, there is no stopping him becoming the Throne Holder of Ganden.” The post is obtained on merit alone and occurs once every seven years. This title is bestowed alternately on each of the two ''Chojeys'' - ''Sharpa Chojey'', the former abbot of Gyuto Tantric College, or ''Jangtse Chojey'' - the former abbot of Gyume Tantric College.

Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo, the 104th Ganden Tripa

The appointment of Jangtse Choejey Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo as the new Ganden Tripa was made by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama on 24 June 2017. Rinpoche was enthroned on August 4th and 5th, 2017, at Ganden Tri-Thok-Khang (Geluk International Foundation) in Mondgod, South India. 

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Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo's short biography

Kyabje Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo was born in Tibet in 1934, Rinpoche was ordained as a monk at the age of seven. At the age of seventeen, Rinpoche entered Sera Jey Monastery where he was enrolled into Tsangpa Khangtsen. Rinpoche followed His Holiness the Dalai Lama into exile in 1959. Following his rigorous study of the Buddhist philosophies, he obtained the highest honour of Geshe Lharampa, in 1979 he completed his debate examinations, attended by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other senior Buddhist scholars. After receiving the Geshe Lharampa degree, he entered Gyume Tantric University and two years later became a master of discipline. Rinpoche also studied the esoteric teachings of the Mahayana tradition extensively while he was there at Gyume Tantric University. In 1985, His Holiness the Dalai Lama appointed him as the abbot of Gyume Tantric University, a position he held for 6 years.
Since then he has taught widely in India and the West, including Nalanda Monastery and Vajra Yogini Institute. He was also the Spiritual Director at Do Ngak Kunphen Ling dharma center based in North America. He was appointed to the position of Jangtse Choejey in 2010.

Lama Tsongkhapa's short biography

Kunga Nyingpo was born in1357, in a small hamlet Tsongkha in Amdo, Eastern Tibet. The new-born infant was destined to be the greatest reformer known as Je Tsongkhapa Lobsang Dragpa, who established the Geluk school, a new system in Tibetan Buddhism at that time. It is said that the Buddha Sakyamuni spoke of his coming as an emanation of the Bodhisattva Manjushri in the short verse from the Root Tantra of Manjushri:

After I pass away
And my pure doctrine is absent,
You will appear as an ordinary being,
Performing the deeds of a Buddha
And establishing the Joyful Land, the great Protector,
In the Land of the Snows.

At a very young age of 3 years, the great scholar Karma Rolpei Dorje introduced Kunga Nyingpo to preliminary Buddhist practices. Since then, for a whole 26 years, he was under the guidance of the most eminent Buddhist scholars of Tibet, and studied all aspects of Buddhist studies.

At the age of 29, he wrote his first major work on Buddhist views – “Golden String of Elegant Saying”, and besides writing books providing his views on various topics of Sutra and Tantra, he also gave many religious discourses and teachings. The profound and clear views expressed in his books and teachings were accepted and followed by Tibetans. Consequently, a new section in Tibetan Buddhism came into existence.

The great Tsongkhapa launched the construction of Ganden Monastery (Tushita, the great seat of Tsongkhapa) at Dhog Riwoche near to Lhasa. Ganden Monastery was later counted as one of the 3 great monasteries of Tibet, the others beings Drepung and Sera.

Lama Tsongkhapa died in 1419 at the age of sixty-two.


Tsongkhapa promoted the study of logic, encouraged formal debates as part of Dharma studies, and instructed disciples in the Guhyasamāja, Kalacakra, and Hevajra Tantras. Tsongkhapa's writings comprise eighteen volumes, with the largest amount being on Guhyasamāja tantra. These 18 volumes contain hundreds of titles relating to all aspects of Buddhist teachings and clarify some of the most difficult topics of Sutrayana and Vajrayana teachings. Tsongkhapa's main treatises and commentaries on Madhyamaka are based on the tradition descended from Nagarjuna as elucidated by Buddhapālita and Candrakīrti.

More details on https://www.lamayeshe.com/teacher/lama-tsongkhapa

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