Khen Rinpoche Geshe Thubten Chonyi
Geshe Chonyi has been the resident teacher of Amitabha Buddhist Centre since 1999. He was born in Nepal in 1962 and ordained by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 1974, at the age of twelve.
Geshe Chonyi holds a Geshe Lharampa degree, which is the highest Tibetan Buddhist doctorate awarded to monks, from Sera Je Monastic University. This degree requires at least 20 years of intensive study and debate and only the most outstanding students qualify to sit for the exams.
After graduating as a Geshe in 1997, Geshe-la joined the prestigious Gyurme Tantric College for a year to further his studies on tantric Buddhism. He was awarded first position in his group for the highest Tantric Ngarampa (Master of Tantra) degree. He then returned to Kopan Monastery where he taught Buddhist philosophy.
With the support of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Khen Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup (the abbot of Kopan Monastery), Geshe-la started teaching the Five-Year Basic Program at ABC in August 2003.
Besides being perfectly qualified to teach such a study program, Geshe-la is also renowned for his ability in developing the students' analytical skills through discussions, debate and written assignments. Geshe-la is held in great esteem for his illustrious conduct, vast learning and great kindness.
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