Our Resident Lama of the last 25
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
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 in September.