ISAL requested Khensur Lobsang Delek Rinpoche to give a teaching on a famous text “Eight Verses for Training the Mind”
by Geshe Langri Thangpa. We are very delighted and humbled that Rinpoche agreed. Please find below Rinpoche’s biography
and a link to where you can download the Eight Verses for Training the Mind booklet.
Khensur Lobsang Delek Rinpoche’s biography
Khensur Lobsang Delek Rinpoche (KLDR), or, as many call him, Khensur Rinpoche, was born in Karze, Tibet, in 1939. A lifetime of successive appointments to eminent Tibetan Buddhist positions marks Khensur Rinpoche as a scholar of very special standing within the monastic community, where he is commonly referred to as Gen Uma Jugpa. Rinpoche earned this nickname when, at the very young age of six, he was able to recite by heart the well-known Madhyamaka text called Uma Jugpa (Entering the Middle Way) in Tibetan.
Khensur Rinpoche was ordained as a monk at the age of seven in his native Karze Monastery, where a year later he received ordination as a getsul, or novice monk. Khensur Rinpoche remained in Karze for his formal training in prayer rituals and Buddhist philosophical texts until the age of seventeen, when he left his native monastery for the capital, Lhasa, to pursue the study of advanced Buddhist philosophy at Sera Jey Monastery.
In 1959, along with fellow monks from Sera Jey, Khensur Rinpoche followed in the footsteps of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in making the difficult decision to leave his homeland and take refuge in India, in part to continue and advance his Buddhist philosophical studies. Khensur Rinpoche’s Buddhist education continued in India, in West Bengal, at the refugee camp in Buxa that had been specifically set up at the time as an interim base to preserve Tibet’s unique religion and culture, including the Buddhist studies tradition of Sera Jey. In 1965, Khensur Rinpoche received the gelong (bhikshu) ordination, that of a fully ordained monk, from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
In the early 1970’s, Khensur Rinpoche moved to South India with a group of some 200 Sera Jey monks from Buxa to re-establish Sera Jey Monastery in Bylakuppe, Karnataka State. In the ensuing years, Khensur Rinpoche had the good fortune to study under the tutelage of a number of scholastic luminaries, including then abbot of Sera Jey, Lobsang Wangchuk, and Gyudmed Khensur Dorje Tashi. In 1987, Khensur Rinpoche graduated with top honors and was conferred the degrees of Karam (Masters equiv.), Lopon (M. Phil equiv.), and Lharampa Geshe (Ph.D equiv.).
Since then, Khensur Rinpoche has committed his entire life to teaching at Sera Jey Monastery. In 1994, he was appointed Chief Disciplinarian of Gyudmed Tantric Monastery, one of the two main tantric monasteries of the Geluk tradition.
In 2002, His Holiness appointed Khensur Rinpoche as Gyudmed Tantric Monastery’s Lama Umze, the monastery’s second highest position. Three years later, Khensur Rinpoche assumed the highest position at Gyudmed when he became its abbot for the traditional three-year tenure. Following the successful completion of his abbotship, Khensur Rinpoche fully dedicated the next three years to teaching philosophy at Sera Jey Monastery.
In 2011, His Holiness appointed Khensur Rinpoche as the abbot of Sed-Gyued Monastic Institute of Buddhist Studies in Salugara, West Bengal, and then, very shortly afterward, appointed him as abbot of Sera Jey Monastery, where he was enthroned on 6 May 2012 as the monastery’s 74th abbot, thus receiving the title of Khen Rinpoche (precious abbot).
As a teacher, Khensur Rinpoche’s outreach has been prolific. He has given initiations and teachings to tens of thousands of people, and has also prepared hundreds of monastic scholars to become geshes, many of whom received the degree of Geshe Lharampa (the highest in the Geluk school). Many of these geshes are now promulgating Buddhist philosophy around the world.
Due to his vast knowledge of the sutras and tantras, and his years of practice, combined with his down-to-earth demeanor, Khensur Rinpoche, who is regarded as a very special and unique personality within the Geluk world, is as loved as he is revered. Known for his caring nature, Khensur Rinpoche, who is now 82 years old, regards his Buddhist education and experience as a gift and a privilege, which carry with them the lifelong responsibility to share Buddhism with as many being as possible, until his very last breath. Since handing over his abbotship responsibilities at Sera Jey in July 2016, Khensur Rinpoche has traveled far and wide to share and guide all those who support the noble values of Buddhism that are based on ethics, compassion, and wisdom.