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Biography of Lharampa Geshe Ngawang Choden

Lharampa Geshe Ngawang Choden

Lharampa Geshe – Ngawang Choden

Dr. Ngawang Choden was born in 1963 in Markham, East Tibet. His father was called Pema Gyatso and mother Atsom Lhamo. In 1981 he entered Ganden monastery in Lhasa where he became a novice monk and commenced his studies in the Gelugpa rituals, recitations and monastery traditions.In 1984, he took the vows of a fully ordained monk from H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama.

After a visit and teachings from Panchen Rinpoche he was inspired to travel to India.  With no form of transport and in very cold weather, he walked all the way and often slept on the roadside. For the most part, he even went without food during his journey over the Himalayan Mountains. Yet he overcame these hardships and difficulties to reach Dharamsala in India and achieve his goal of furthering his studies of Buddhism. To his great delight he met with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, who suggested he enter the monastery of Drepung Loseling to study Dharma. Here he studied Buddhism with the finest teachers: H.H. Dalai Lama, Khenpo Pema Gyaltsen, Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Dorje, Nyima Gyaltsen and so on, and always achieved the highest possible marks.

The period where Geshe la learnt the Madhyamika texts

In 1986, His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited Drepung monastery where he listened to debates on each of the five treatises, from monks of the two great Drepung colleges; Losaling and Gomang. Dr. Ngawang Choden represented Loseling College and Yongzin Losang represented Gomang College. They answered questions with perfect logic, and had a wonderful discussion regarding Madhyamika philosophy in front of many thousands of monk scholars from three great monasteries and great throne holders. Dr. Ngawang Choden answered questions very clearly, logically and precisely; with the power of a lions roar. He received a wonderful burst of applause during this highly respected debate. His Holiness was very pleased and when commenting he said that Ngawang Choden had mastered the great treatises, including mastering the extensive studies: the Gelug Gyudro.

Becoming renowned in front of His Holiness the great 14th Dalai Lama

Becoming renowned in front of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Drepung Monastery

On entering Gyuto tantric college he received all tantric transmissions and quickly realised the four tantras to become a renowned master of Tantra. Whatever questions he was asked on the vast and profound aspects of the complex treatises, he answered just as profoundly as the question required, and in accord with students of higher, middling and lower intelligence. In such a way he was known to be highly qualified in giving a unique perspective on the holy Dharma.

Dr. Ngawang Choden studied in the monastery of Drepung where he achieved maximum grades. In the top geshe degree exam, he obtained the highest score for the Galupa geshe exam known as “Lharampa”. He became very famous in Gelupa monasteries because of His clear and perfect logic.

Entering the tantric colleges to study instructions on Tantra

How Geshe la found his students under the advice of HH Dalai Lama

In 2003 Dr. Ngawang Choden visited Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia where he taught the basis, path and fruit according to the great exposition of Lam Rim and many people received great benefits from his teachings on Buddhism. Ngawang Choden geshe la is currently resident in Canada, and works tirelessly to promote the teachings of the Buddha, where his main goal is to promote to people the many benefits of Buddhism.