Everyone very much enjoyed the wonderful weekend of teachings and meditation with Khenpo Gyurme Tsultrim in April 2013.

Lojong, is an ancient tradition of training the mind so that compassion arrises naturally in our hearts. Based on the famous 8th century text “The Way of a Bodhisattva” which is one of the great classics of Mahayana Buddhism. Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche asked Khenpo La to teach Lojong saying this is what will help people the most in this day and age. The study of Lojong presents us with timeless advice on how to deal with our everyday fears and emotions. These fears often stop us from reaching out to help people. These teachings give us a way to see the world in a different light, for as Shantideva explains   “All the happinessthere is in this world comes from thinking about others, and all the suffering comes from preoccupation with yourself.”

Khenpo Gyurme Tsultrim was born in the Mugu district of western Nepal in 1969 where he studied reading and writing with his uncle. When he was thirteen, he met Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and became one of the first monks at Shechen Tennyi Dargyeling Monastery in Nepal. In 1985, as the Shechen Philosophical College was not yet built, Khyentse Rinpoche sent him to the Dzongsar Monastic College in India for higher studies. He studied there for six years and then completed the last three years of his study at the Palyul Nyingmapa College in Mysore, India.

He became the first monk of Shechen Monastery, Nepal, to attain the rank of Khenpo, the equivalent of Ph.D. in 1996. Presently Khenpo Gyurme Tsultrim is the vice-abbot of the monastery, and teaches at its College. He speaks excellent english, has traveled to Europe a number of times to give teachings and he oversees many of the activities of Shechen monastery in Nepal and the rebuilding of the main temple in Derge, Kham in Eastern Tibet.