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One of Tushita’s happiest developments in recent years has been the deepening of our friendship with Geshe Kelsang Wangmo; Buddhist nun, scholar and teacher – and the first – and currently only – woman to be awarded a Geshe title (only for monastics, it is equivalent to a PhD in Buddhist philosophy), and we were so proud to hear of her recent acknowledgment by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Geshe Kelsang Wangmo attended the August 23 – 26, 2014 teachings of His Holiness in her native country, Germany, where His Holiness found an occasion to ask Geshe-ma (an abbreviated title of respect and affection for a female Geshe) to be an assistant to his German translator, Christof Spitz. Both translators are pictured above, onstage with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Hamburg, taken from HHDL’s online photo gallery.
During the afternoon session of the first day of his three day teaching, His Holiness paused during his teaching to take the opportunity to commend Kelsang Wangmo as the first woman to be granted a Geshe-ma degree. He then announced to the monks, Geshes and general audience that Lord Buddha himself had established Bhikkhuni (the role of ordained female Buddhist monastics), so surely the role of Geshe-ma was in accordance with the Buddha’s intent, and that soon there would be many more…
Despite being very busy with her own study, practice and teaching schedule at the Institute for Buddhist Dialectics, Geshe-ma has been extremely generous with her time, acting as Tibetan – English translator at many of our events (with senior Tibetan teachers such as Jhado Rinpoche, Gen Gyatso, and very memorably, with Khadro-la), and teaching courses such as our upcoming Grounds & Paths: Advanced Course, June 22 – July 4, 2015, and we love and value her dearly – so forgive our pride in her amazing pioneering achievements!
(Thank you for sharing, Dana & Venerable Nordron)
- Guided Meditation on April 29, 2017 9:30 am
- Movie Day on May 1, 2017 2:00 pm
- Guru Puja on May 5, 2017 6:30 pm
- Introduction to Buddhism on May 9, 2017
- Special Lam Rim Retreat on May 10, 2017
- Medicine Buddha Puja on May 10, 2017
- Introduction to Buddhism on May 29, 2017
- HH the Dalai Lama public teaching on June 5, 2017 6:30 am
- Saka Dawa on June 9, 2017
- The Two Truths on June 14, 2017
Tushita is a centre for the study and practice of Buddhism from the Tibetan Mahayana tradition. We're located in Northern India, in the forested hills above the town of McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala - the seat in exile of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
Tushita aims to provide a friendly and conducive environment for people of all nationalities and backgrounds to learn about and put into practice the teachings of the Buddha. With this in mind we offer regular drop-in events and courses on introductory Buddhist philosophy and meditation, as well as intermediate level courses and group retreats for more experienced students.
February to November
Monday - Saturday
9:30 - 11:30am
a break for lunch and then...
12:30 - 4:00pm