Asral NGO centre was honoured and delighted to receive three special visitors this summer.

On the 08 July the current and 79th Abbot of Drepung Gomang Monastery, South India H.E. Khen Rinpoche Geshe Yonten Dhamchoe received a warm welcome at the Asral centre.

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Khen Rinpoche spoke to members of staff, volunteers and visitors to the centre and was interested to learn more about the centres day to day activities and how they benefit the local community.

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Some information on Khen Rinpoche for more info visit
www.drepunggomang.org

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has appointed Geshe Yonten Dhamchoe as the 79th Abbot of Drepung Gomang Monastery, South India.Born at Amdo Taktsang Lhamo (Tibet) in 1940, he escaped to India after invasion of Tibet by China 1959, he is one of the 60 monks who re-established the monastery here at present location after shifting from Buxar. Day and night he and other monks worked hard in the field for crops, sometimes writing texts and scriptures so to provide monastic education to young monks who enrolled during that time, so that the study of monks goes on without hindrance and traditional monastic curriculum survives. Conferred Geshe Lharampa title in 1984 after passing Gelug University Examination with great result, Khen Rinpoche has been spending many hours of his day teaching the Buddhist sutras to the monks of this monastery. His Eminence Khen Rinpoche has visited France, Mongolia, United States of America on projects related to the monastery.

On the 09 July Sengye Rinpoche was warmly welcomed at Asral centre. The dharma students and staff of the centre requested Sengye Rinpoche to gave oral transmission of Hayagriva mantra to its students. 56 fortunate Dharma students’ attended the teaching in the shrine room and hall at Asral center. Sengye Rinpoche is currently studying in Sera Je Monastery India and is the reincarnation of Geshe Senge Rinpoche a Mongolian Lama who was the Abbot of Sera Me and Sera Je monasteries in Tibet.

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On 06 August had the pleasure to recieve the 76th Abbot of Drepung and the current throne holder of Drepung Monastic University Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Tenpa.
Khensur Rinpoche spent the afternoon talking to everyone involved in the daily activities of the centre. He was very pleased to be informed about Asral’s work to help improve the lives of the local community and the volunteer contributions in the provision of english classes during the summer months.
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More information on Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Tenpa.
The current Drepung Tripa (The Throne Holder) and former Abbot of Drepung Monastery, Khensur Lobsang Tenpa, was born in the year 1938, in Amdo province of Eastern Tibet. He became a monk at the age of 11 and was ordained at Taktsang Lhamo monastery. At the age of 18, he traveled to the south of Lhasa where he joined Drepung Gomang monastery. In 1959, he fled Tibet when the Chinese invaded following H. H. the Dalai Lama into India. He stayed at a transit camp for ten years. In 1970, he entered Varanasi University, Central Institute of Higher Studies, where he obtained the Acharya degree with remarkable and excellent results. In 1973, he returned to Drepung Gomang Monastery where he studied the Abhidharma and the Vinaya. In 1982, he sat for the Gelug examination in which he rank first of all the candidates from the three great monasteries. Rinpoche was chosen by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to be the Head Abbot in 1989. Rinpoche has visited United States of America, Taiwan, Russia and Mongolia and also to Europe as head of the Gomang European tour. Having attained great distinction in the Buddhist Sutra and Tantra doctrines, Rinpoche is an important inspiration to the people.