Geshe Ngawang Theckchock
Geshe Ngawang Theckchock was born in Tibet in the year 1970.
He began learning to read and write Tibetan from his parents at a very young age. At the age of 15 he was enrolled into Phelgey Ling monastery and began his training in Buddhist ritual and prayers, culminating in his receiving ordination.
He began his formal studies in the five treatises of Buddhist Philosophy at the monastery under the tutelage of well-known masters like Venerable Lobsang Nyima, the 100th Gaden Throne Holder, Venerable Lobsang Tenzin, the 103rd Gaden Throne Holder and Venerable Namgyal Wangchen. In 1992 he received full monk ordination from His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama at Drepung monastery.
After successful completion of his studies in this monastery in the year 2007, he went on to study for Geshe Lharampa degree. By dint of his hard work and perseverance, he successfully completed Gelug board examination and earned the much coveted Geshe Lharampa degree in 2013. Thereafter he went to Gyuto tantric monastery to study and practice tantra for one year.
He has been teaching Buddhist Philosophy in Drepeung monastery voluntarily for many years. He has also served as a member of the monastery Examination Board.
At present, Geshe la has been the resident teacher at Thosamling for over a year.
Geshe-ma Dawa Dolma
She was born in Tibet in 1982. She came to India in 1993 in order to join Dolmaling Nunnery in Sidhpur, Dharamsala. She studied all the Buddhist topics as part of a study program of Buddhist Philosophy that results into the Geshema degree. Moreover, she attended classes on Tibetan Language and grammar, Tibetan History, modern science, composition, and learnt how to make mandalas. She studied for 3,5 years Sanskrit and Hindi at Sarah College near Dharamsala as well as Varanasi University where she also attended a teacher training course as well.
At Dolmaling Nunnery, she successfully completed the seventeen year course in Buddhist and Tibetan studies as well as the four-year Geshema Degree Program (the latter being conducted from 2015 to 2018. Then having successfully presented her thesis, she was conferred the Geshema Degree (PhD in Buddhist Philosophy) at Khachoe Gakhyil Ling in Nepal on November 5th 2018.
Subsequently, she entered Gyuto Tantric Monastery, Sidhbari, Dharamsala as an external scholar and received tutorials on the major texts as part of a study program of the Tantric teachings. She passed well in both the dialectical debate examination as well as the written examination and on the 15th of February 2020, she obtained the highest grade.
From 2014 she joined Thosamling Nunnery for International Buddhist Women in Sidhpur. She worked as a conversation partner as part of the Tibetan Language Program and taught the Tibetan Language during several Dharma courses.
Venerable Lhundup Jamyang
Venerable Jamyang, who is originally from the Netherlands, came into contact with Buddhism in 1997 at Tushita Meditation Center in Dharamsala. She soon realized she had a strong connection with both Buddhism and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Over the next few years she did several retreats and took ordination as a nun in 2000 at Kopan Monastery, Nepal. She has completed the five-year Basic Program and the seven-year Masters Program in Advanced Buddhist studies, including the retreat requirements. In between these studies, from 2007 until 2009, she worked at Buddha House, Adelaide, as SPC and teacher.
She is currently teaching in India, New Zealand, Australia, and the US. Students say that she is an engaging teacher with a knack for clearly explaining complex topics. Ven. Jamyang is the main writer of the study manual for the Middle Way subject of the Masters Program of the FPMT, and has been painting tangkas for more than twenty years.