Nalanda's 40th Anniversary

Honouring our Former Generations

This year we’re celebrating 40 years of existence of Nalanda Monastery and it is a wonderful opportunity to honour the former generation and appreciate our achievements. We would like to keep Nalanda’s history archived for the future, as Lama Zopa Rinpoche instructed the FPMT centers, projects and services to do.

1981 - 2021

40th Anniversary's Special Guests

Ven. Elisabeth, who bought the property for Nalanda and Ven. Chantal Dekyi

Happened on June 15, 2021

Ven. Elisabeth (1949, Yeshe Choying) is currently director of Kalachakra Buddhist Centre in Paris & Saint-Cosme-en-Vairais, and was the director of nearby Institut Vajra Yogini in 1981. It was Ven Elisabeth who served her teachers and bought Nalanda on April 30, 1981, as guided and inspired by Lama Yeshe. 

Ven. Chantal Tenzin Dekyi (Chantal Carrerot) ordained in 1986. She studied extensively with Khensur Jampa Tegchok at Nalanda Monastery in France and at Sera Je Monastery in India. She has offered service in a variety of FPMT centers and has also taught in various countries. Since 2009 she has been resident teacher at Institut Vajra Yogini and currently the director of Dorje Pamo Monastery

Ven. Gyatso - the very first monk and the director of Nalanda

Happened on June 27, 2021

Ven. Thubten Gyatso (1943, Dr. Adrian Feldmann) is currently living at Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery near Bendigo, Australia, which he also started. Ven. Gyatso was the first monk who arrived at Nalanda in 1981 after being invited by Lama Yeshe. Therefore he was also the first director of Nalanda Monastery, serving from 1981 to 1985. He also wrote an autobiography about his early Buddhist and ordained years, which is published in a book called ‘A Leaf in the Wind’. 

Geshe Jamphel - abbot of Nalanda Monastery

Happened on September 7, 2021

Geshe Losang Jamphel has been a teacher at Nalanda since 2000, for 21 years at this moment. Geshe-la will tell about his background in Tibet and India where he studied in Sera Monastery. Also, how he ended up in Nalanda and his experience as a Tibetan Geshe in the monastery in the West.

Ven. Steve Carlier - Nalanda's monk and assistant for Geshe Thekchok in the 80s

Happened on September 15, 2021
Venerable Steve, born in England, became a monk at a young age, and lived at Nalanda Monastery in the 80s. He was translator for Geshe Thekchok, who was abbot at that time at Nalanda. Ven. Steve has been living for more than 15 years at Land of Medicine Buddha in California, USA, where he is also a teacher. Ven. Steve will share his own journey and experience of translating and being assistant of Geshe Thekchok at Nalanda and later at Sera Monastery in India.