Wisdom Quotes

"The sage do not wash away sins with water, neither do they remove sentient beings‘ suffering with their hands; nor can they transfer their own realisations to others. They liberate beings by revealing the truth of suchness."

Lord Buddha

Ven. Geshe Tenzin Dhargye

Ven. Geshe Tenzin Dhargye

Venerable Geshe Tenzin Dhargye is a sincere and genuine spiritual master in the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and a renowned scholar in Buddhist science, philosophy and religion. He is the rector of Tibet Center Institute and the spiritual director of TDC - Tibet Dharma Center. In 2005 he was nominated by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to be in charge of setting up and running the Tibet Center project in Hüttenberg, Austria. Since then he is fully responsible for Tibet Center Institute.

Geshe Dhargye was born in India, as his parents were forced to leave Tibet and flee into exile after the Chinese invasion in 1959. At the age of nine Geshe la entered the Sera Mey monastery in South India for his spiritual education under the guidance of His Eminence the late Youngzin Ling Rinpoche, the 97th Throne Holder of the Gelugpa Tradition and senior tutor of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Since then he proceeded through extensive education and training in all five divisions of the Buddhist science, philosophy and religion, "Logic", "Perfection of Wisdom", "the Middle View", "Metaphysics" and "Ethical Discipline".

At the age of eighteen he had already mastered his studies sufficiently to become a teacher to the Sera Mey monks (from 1986 to 1995) - even while he was studying there himself. He was also requested by the Gyumed Tantric monastery to teach a number of classes to the Gyumed monastic students while staying at the Gyumed monastery from 1995-1996.

After having studied for 18 years, in 1995 at the age of 27, he completed the final exam for a "Geshe Lharampa" and received his Geshe Lharampa degree (equivalent to PhD), the highest level awarded on the completion and the profound of Buddhist sutra studies within the Gelugpa tradition. Furthermore in 1995 he entered the Gyumed Tantric monastery, where he successfully passed the exam and received the advanced degree of Ngagrampa (the highest degree in Buddhist Tantra studies) from this renowned Tantric monastery.

Meanwhile, his outstanding qualities are recognized and cherished at the three most famous and renowned monasteries (Sera, Drepung and Gaden) in the Gelugpa tradition in India; he is - due to his clear and precise way of logical debate - known to be one of the greatest Buddhist practitioners of modern times and an expert on Buddhist inner science and philosophy.

In 1996 Geshe Dhargye made his first visit to the Western world and conducted various teachings on Buddhist science, philosophy and religion in a number of countries in Europe. While he was travelling through Europe, in 1997, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama asked Geshe la to come to Dharamsala and nominated him to be a Buddhist spiritual teacher (Lama). He was requested to perform Buddhist teaching programs for the Tibetans in exile; for that reason he taught in the Tibetan communities and at the schools; he taught staff members of the Tibetan government in exile, the general public of Mcleod Ganj, the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, the Upper and Lower Tibetan Children's Villages school, the Tibetan Sogar Transit school, at the monasteries (Namgyal Monastery ‘Monastery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama' and Gadhong Monastery) and at the Gadhen Chöling nunnery until 2000. At the same time he continued travelling in order to teach Buddhism, its science and knowledge, to many people throughout Asia, Europe and USA.
From 1999 to 2000 Geshe Dhargye served as a visiting professor at the University of Virginia, U.S.A., where he collaborated with Professor Jeffrey Hopkins.
In the year 2000 he was nominated by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to be the spiritual teacher at the She Drup Ling Buddhist Center in Graz, Austria, where he gave numerous Buddhist teachings including the Kalachakra Tantra. At the same time he also participated in organizing the October 2002 Kalachakra event in Graz, Austria, as a spiritual director. That event was a great success, hosting participants from more than 72 countries.
In the year 2003 Geshe Dhargye founded the Thekchen Dhongag Choeling (TDC) Buddhist Center in Salzburg, Austria, which became a Buddhist order in 2005.
From 2003 to 2005 Geshe la was travelling throughout the globe to give further spiritual teachings and as a sign of his true practice of compassion and love he travelled to Taiwan in 2003 to give Buddhist teachings and help to the people in a country devastated by a severe epidemic.

In 2005 His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama requested him to travel to Austria and take over full responsibility for Tibet Center Institute in Hüttenberg. Thus Geshe Dhargye, who shares the Dalai Lama's vision of global human values and ethics, had a lifelong mission of bridging cultures bestowed on him. The Tibet Center - International Institute for Higher Tibetan Studies - in Austria is a unique institution in the Western world that offers authentic education of Tibetan Medical therapies and Tibetan Buddhist science and philosophy. Geshe Dhargye is now residing there as a regular teacher of Buddhist Science & Philosophy and as the rector of Tibet Center Institute.



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