Ven. Geshe Khonchuk Tsultrim
At fifteen years old, Khonchuk Tsultrim joined and ordained as a monk at Gaden Shartse Monastery where he became a student of His Eminence Lati Rinpoche and began his extensive education in Buddhist philosophy. Buddhist philosophy in the Tibetan monastic system involves nineteen years of study in reason and logic through analytical debate that covers the Five Topics of Buddhism. These five topics consist of Pramanawartika (Valid Cognition), Prajnaparamita (Perfection of Wisdom), Madhyamika (Middle Way), Abhidharmakosha (Treasury of Knowledge/Metaphysics), and Vinaya (Moral Discipline and Ethics). Khonchuk completed his studies on the final topic of Vinaya in 2014. During the course of his academic career, Khonchuk also underwent extensive training in performing Tibetan Buddhist religious chants, rituals, and ceremonies.
Khonchuk is a master of various forms of rituals, particularly creating traditional butter sculptures and other elaborate ritual offerings, and Buddhist ceremonial chanting. Other areas of Khonchuk’s expertise include creating sand mandalas, consecration of holy sites and objects, and preparations for Tibetan Buddhist initiations.
Khonchuk has received many sacred initiations and important teachings from great masters such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Eminence Lati Rinpoche. Khonchuk has visited Singapore, Malaysia, and Taiwan on multiple occasions.