Changes at Thubten Dhargye Ling

During his lifetime, our beloved teacher Ven. Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen, who was the founder and Spiritual Director of Thubten Dhargye Ling, often spoke of the close connection between his Center and his monastery, Gaden Shartse. So it was only natural that Ven Geshela expressed the wish to have Gaden Shartse Monastery provide spiritual guidance to the Center after his death.

The students of Ven Geshe Gyeltsen also feel close to Gaden Shartse Monastery, which has shared with us some of their finest teachers, foremost among them being the late great Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, and of course Ven. Geshela himself. Arrangements were made between the Center and the Monastery for the eventual time when Gaden Shartse would step in to provide spiritual guidance to Thubten Dhargye Ling.

Over the past 18 months, the Center has been undergoing the process of change initiated by Ven. Geshela’s passing in February 2009. This transition has culminated in the Center being renamed Gaden Shartse Thubten Dhargye Ling. GSTDL will continue under the spiritual directorship of the Abbot of Gaden Shartse, currently Venerable Khen Rinpoche Geshe Jangchup Choeden.

With this transition a new staff of monastics has been appointed to GSTDL. Venerable Geshe Phuntsok Gyaltsen is the Resident Spiritual Teacher, Venerable Geshe Lobsang Tsultrim is the Director, and Venerable Lobsang Tsultrim is Ritual Attendant. You are warmly invited to come to meet our new Spiritual Friends.