Geshe Lharampa Jampa Choeden
Geshe Jampa Choeden is well-loved and respected in Singapore for his great passion in teaching, as well as his most humble demeanour. Geshe-la is a very pure practitioner, at all times we observe him to be always calm, patient and gentle, definitely an example for all of us to learn from.
Geshe Jampa Choeden was born in 1969 in the region of Dagyab, in Tibet. Geshe-la received primary school education before 9 years old. From 9 onwards, Geshe-la enrolled in the prestigious Gaden Shartse Monastery, one of the three great monasteries in Tibet. As a young monk, he engaged in the memorization of texts and was very diligent in his studies.
When he reached 16, Geshe Jampa Choeden made his way to India on foot to pursue the best monastic education and teachers who were in exile, in India. Geshe-la’s main teachers were the late Khensur Rinpoche Jampa Yeshe, as well as the esteemed Khensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche. Apart from his two main teachers, Geshe-la also had 5 to 6 other teachers at the same time who trained him in debate.
Top in Studies
Over the years in Gaden Shartse Monastery, Geshe-la completed the studies of the Five Great Treaties – which encompassed the elaborate study of more than 100 volumes of important Buddhist classics and sutra texts.
After years of rigorous and disciplined study, Geshe-la’s education culminated in a 6-year Gelug examination, whereupon he emerged Top amongst many other great scholars. At the young age of 33, Geshe-la received his Geshe Lharampa honorary degree – the highest honorific title in Buddhist monastic school (comparable to PhD in universities). After which, Geshe-la advanced to study in Gyuto Tantric Monastery for one year, and graduated with the ‘Geshe Ngarampa’ degree, with highest honours once again.
Outstanding Scholar and Teacher
Over the past 10 years, Geshe-la made great contributions to Gaden Shartse Monastery especially in the area of education. In 2006, Geshe-la was nominated to undertake the role of ‘Debate Supervisor’ whereupon it was his responsibility to teach and guide all monks in daily debate. Debate is a very important subject in the monastery.
Over the past few years, Geshe Jampa Choeden was also selected to be one of the ‘Main Examiners’ of the critical 6-year Gelug examination – he had undertaken this important role for 4 times now. Geshe-la had also been selected as ‘Main Debate Teacher’ for the important annual scholars meet – ‘Jamyang Gonchog’ Debate Seminar. This annual event was organized to bring together all distinguished scholars of the three great monasteries (Gaden, Drepung and Sera), to learn from one another.
Geshe Jampa Choeden is an extremely outstanding Buddhist scholar. He is also very passionate about teaching, and spends most of his time teaching the younger generation of monks. Many monks in the monastery are Geshe-la’s students. Geshe-la is also the Spiritual Assistant of high lama reincarnate – His Eminence Zong Rinpoche. Geshe’s role is to guide Zong Rinpoche in spiritual studies.
Geshe-la is one of the best and most capable young teachers in the monastery. We are fortunate in Singapore to be able to host Geshe-la for adhoc teachings whenever he visits Singapore once every two years.