Gankar Tulku Rinpoche

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to Gankar Tulku Rinpoche

Gankar Tulku Rinpoche is a celebrated Tibetan spiritual leader and head of the Dzindu Monastery in Tibet. At the age of four he was formally recognized as the third incarnation of Gankar Tulku, the great master of the Dzindu Monastery, whose second incarnation was killed in the atrocities committed by the Chinese after they invaded Tibet in 1950. At five, Gankar Tulku Rinpoche was ordained a novice monk, and his care and education were entrusted to a great Buddhist master, Tara Tulku Rinpoche. At ten, he entered Drepung Loseling, the largest Buddhist monastery in the world, where many of the greatest Buddhist scholars have been trained. When he was twenty-one, he was ordained by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. In 1996 he was awarded the Geshe Lharampa degree, the highest academic honor attainable in the Buddhist world. He has completed his advanced studies at the Gyuto Tantric University, graduating with the highest honors, and now continues studying directly under His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.
Rinpoche is presently based in India at the Drepung Loseling University but travels yearly. He leads tours with groups of monks, some of whom are scholars, musicians, and artisans, and participates in many public events, forums, and conferences. He is the founder and director of Khacholing Center in Minnesota and Tardo Ling Center in San Francisco, and continues to work for the rebuilding of the Dzindu Monastery in Tibet.

Spreading messages of peace, harmony, and fellowship wherever he travels, Rinpoche is sought after for his spiritual teachings and is a world ambassador for Buddhism.


“Every day, think as you wake up,
Today I am fortunate to have woken up,
I am alive; I have a precious human life.
I am not going to waste it,
I am going to use all my energies to develop myself.
To expand my heart out to others,
To achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings,
I am going to have kind thoughts towards others,
I am not going to get angry, or think badly about others,
I am going to benefit others as much as i can.”

H.H. The XIV Dalai Lama




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