Main teacher of Basic Program - Geshe Jamphel Gyaltsen

geshe gyaltsenThe program is taught by our resident teacher, Geshe Jamphel Gyaltsen. Geshe-la was born in 1968 in Zogong in Kham, the eastern region of Tibet. At the age of seventeen Geshe-la ordained as a Buddhist monk at Zogong Monastery, where he stayed until 1989. It took Geshela 28 days to escape from Tibet and cross the border to Nepal, after which he went to Sera Monastery in South India, where he started his geshe studies.

After 23 years of study and debate, he obtained the highest geshe degree of Geshe Lharampa. Lama Zopa Rinpoche advised Geshe-la to go to Nalanda and join our Abbot, Geshe Lobsang Jamphel, in teaching the western monks, nuns, and lay community the Dharma. Geshe-la has a wonderful ability to explain the teachings in a way that enables western students to relate easily relate to them. We feel most fortunate to have such a qualified Tibetan Buddhist geshe among us to teach us all the wonderful subjects of the Basic Program.

The translator - Katy Fradet

hhdl katyThe teachings are given in Tibetan, with English translation by Katy Fradet.

Katy has been interpreter at Nalanda for most of the previous Basic Program and has time and again proved her skills due her perfect understanding of Tibetan which enables her to clearly transmit Geshela's teachings to the students.

We do our best to provide simultaneous translation from English to French.

The teaching assistant - Yael Altaratz

Review classes form a large component of the study program. Yael Altaratz is our teaching assistant. She gives review classes to help students digest and integrate the teachings of Geshe Jamphel Gyaltsen. Yael successfully completed the previous Basic Program and very quickly showed her qualities in explaining difficult points to the other Basic Program students.

Due to the high standard of our Basic Program, a Teaching Assistant skilled in summarizing and clarifying the main points of Geshela's teachings has become indispensable. It is expected that all the students actively participate in these review classes in order to fully understand the study material. The students living in Nalanda are asked to attend all the guided morning meditations on the lam-rim which are led by the Basic Program students.

Christophe, the French teaching assistant and translator, uses the material provided by Yael and leads the French review classes via Skype.

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