Ven Lobsang Phende

Ven. Abbot Geshe Lharampa Lobsang Phende

The Venerable Abbot Geshe Lharampa Lobsang Phende was born on 1941 in central Lhasa, near Gaden Monastery in Tibet. At the age of 12, he was admitted to Gaden Shartse Monastery, later receiving the fully-fledged novice vows from Kyabje Song Dorje Chang, along with many other young monks, some of whom are now throne holders or supreme leaders of well known monasteries and Dharma centers in Asia and in the West.

He embarked on monastic training and studied all fields of Buddhist Studies including the Five Principal Subjects of Buddhist Philosophy as a pupil of Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, Song Rinpoche and Zemey Rinpoche. After fleeing from Tibet in 1959, like many Gaden monks, he temporarily resided in Buxar, in Northeast India, where he continued to keep the momentum of focus on studying Sutra and Tantra.

Most of the major Geluk monasteries were reestablished in South India with Gaden and Drepung Monasteries in Mundgod, while Sera Monastery was reestablished in Bylakuppe, Mysore. He voluntarily got involved in the restoration of these monasteries at the earliest stage in South India. At that time, monks ploughed all the fields for whole days and nights, pulling wooden ploughs hanging around their necks. This tale is still told and heard from older monks. Then he was appointed as a new General Secretary of the Lama Society for nearly a half decade, which was purposely founded in the service of both Gaden and Drepung Monasteries.

Again, the monastic community of Gaden Shartse had chosen him as their new Secretary, but he could not finish the actual term of office, so he had to leave his duty in the middle of the service and instead focused on Sutric and Tantric studies, as Khensur Lati Rinpoche suggested. Shortly afterwards, he was officially conferred a prestigious Geshe Lharampa Degree (doctor in Buddhist philosophy). His unique abilities in monastic rituals and versatility made him the most eligible candidate for the Chant-Master of Gaden Shartse, which has a term of 5 years.

As anticipated, he was chosen as the new Chant master of Shartse Monastery and the enthronement ceremony was held on that same day on the monastic premises. During his service, he made the common and uncommon monastic rituals and recitation traditions even more accessible and comprehensive by extensive analysis of the original compositions of Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Song Rinpoche. He expended all his capabilities, hardwork, etc to preserve and promote this precious tradition that has survived over the centuries.

After the successful completion of 5 years’ duty as Chant Master, he has occasionally visited many countries such as: Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Mongolia and many more, giving discourses on vital points of Buddhism and spreading Je Tsongkhapa’s pure doctrine to as many people as possible, regardless of politics, religion, race, etc, only aiming to benefit needy and suffering people around the world.

At present, he holds the post of supreme spiritual head and instructor of secular matters at Shar Gaden Monastery.

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One Response to “Ven Lobsang Phende”
  1. VYGirl says:

    I noticed that all great practitioners and masters always start their spiritual journey and meet qualified teachers very early in their lives. This I am sure must be due to the good merits, clean samaya and strong aspirational prayers to be of benefit to others in the past. If we are serious about our practice, creating the causes now for this to happen for us by doing our practice sincerely and purely is the key.

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