Geshe Jampel Thardo, a Lharampa Geshe (the highest level of learning in Buddhism) from Drepung Loseling Monastery.  Geshe-la, originally from Lhasa, Tibet, traveled to the United States in 1972 at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to teach Buddhism.  He was the resident Lama of the Jefferson Tibetan Society since 1983.  He has  taught  numerous  Americans  the precious Buddhist teachings of compassion, love and wisdom. He also taught in New York, New Jersey, California and Hawaii among other locations.

Geshe-la exemplified the ideal H.H. Dalai Lama emphasizes of living a life as a simple Buddhist monk.  His dedication to this ideal and profound pursuit of daily spiritual practice was a great inspiration to his students.  Geshe-la taught every Wednesday evening at the Jefferson Tibetan Society Temple in Charlottesville until his passing from this world.