Geshe Jampa Phelgya
Geshe Lharampa Jampa Phelgya is a bonafide Buddhist scholar monk of Gaden Shartse Monastic University. He was admitted to Gaden Shartse Monastery at the age of 16 and received his novice vows a year later from His Eminence Kyabje Lati Rinpoche. At the age of 20, he received his full Bhikkhu (fully-ordained monk) vows from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
During his 20 years pursuing the study of Buddhist Philosophy, he memorized volumes of Buddhist scriptures and studied in depth the five major fields of Pramana Vidya (Logic), Prajna Paramita (Perfection of Wisdom), Madhyamika (Middle Way), Abhidharma (Treasury of Knowledge/Metaphysics), and Vinaya (Monastic Discipline). He was consistently one of the top students in his classes, passing all examinations with First Division Honors. Additionally, he is well-versed in Tibetan, Tibetan History, and Culture.
In 1999, Geshe Jampa was accepted into the prestigious 6-year intensive Gelug Lharam Highest Buddhist Program (equivalent to a Ph.D. program) along with 56 other students. Of the 12 students who completed the prestigious program successfully in 2004, he was one of the few who received First Division Honors. In 2005, he presented his final debate thesis in the presence of approximately 10,000 monks from the three major Gelug monastic universities.
The following year, he studied Buddhist Tantra in Palden Gyuto Monastery for a year and graduated with First Division Honors, receiving the Ph.D. equivalent in Buddhist Tantra. During this period, he also accepted the responsibility of lecturing the young Gyuto monks in Buddhist Philosophy.
Despite being a student at the time, Geshe Jampa’s excellence in his studies led him to become appointed as the monastery’s lecturer in Buddhist Logic, Tibetan Language, and Tibetan History from 1997 to 2004. He also dedicated time towards teaching Tibetan and Tibetan Buddhism to Pre-University Students from the Central School for Tibetans in Mundgod. He became a very popular teacher with monastic and lay students due to his teaching expertise.
Geshe Jampa re-visited Tibet in 2007 and completed a course in Tibetan Astrology from the reputed Tibetan Medical & Astronomy Institute in Lhasa.
July 2008 to July 2012, he enrolled in the special English Language Course, organized by the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Dharamshala, India. The course also included studies in western philosophy, science, and world religions.
From 2013 to 2014, Geshe Jampa led a team of 5 monks on a 14-month tour to the United States of America, travelling across many states to introduce Tibetan religion and culture. He was invited as a visiting professor and gave numerous speeches on Buddhism in universities such as Drake University, Slippery Rock University, University of South Dakota, and Buena Vista University.
Upon Geshe Jampa’s return from his successful tour to the United States of America, he was appointed as the monastery’s representative to attend and make his research presentation at the prestigious Tantric Conference on the Glorious Guhyasamaya in Palden Gyuto Monastery, where His Holiness the Dalai Lama was the Special Guest of Honor.
In 2015, Geshe Jampa went to Taiwan and taught Buddhist Philosophy for 6 months at the invitation of Fa-Shiang-Shan Dialectics Monastery.
From 2015 to 2016, Geshe Jampa was the Disciplinary Master of the Monastery. Elected by the monks, he was responsible in overseeing the general conduct of all the monks in the monastery.
Geshe Jampa was again elected by the monks of the monastery as the Principal of Gaden Shartse Monastic University for a tenure of 2 years from 2017 to 2018. During his service, he oversaw the education of more than 600 students from 23 different classes including Kindergarten classes, preparatory classes, and Buddhist Philosophy classes from the Collected Topics (Duedra) Class to the Vinaya Class until they complete their education as a Geshe.
Geshe Jampa was appointed as the Director of Gaden Shartse Clinic from 2019 to 2020. Tasked with the responsibility to improve the healthcare facilities for the monastery, he secured financial support for medical expenses of monks who are on long-term medication for high blood pressure and diabetes. He also procured supplies of masks and hand sanitizers for distribution to all the monks during the pandemic.
Due to his passion to teach and impart knowledge, Geshe Jampa has been teaching from 1995 (while he was still a student) to the present. He would dedicate time to teach even while serving the monastery in other positions.
In February 2022, Geshe Jampa became the resident meditation teacher of Gaden Shartse Chenresig Center in Westminster, California.
Geshe Jampa is a well-rounded practitioner who excels in both academic and spiritual practice. Having received many teachings and initiations from the unbroken lineages of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Gaden Tri-Rinpoche, His Eminence Lati Rinpoche, and many other great practitioners, he internalized the teachings by completing several meditation retreats. As a recognized scholar, he is often assigned to represent Gaden Shartse Monastery in various Buddhist Philosophy seminars and workshops. Geshe Jampa has devoted significant time and effort studying and researching Buddhist Philosophy over the years.