Rigsel – known affectionately as Lama Lhundrup – is abbot of Kopan
Monastery in Nepal, the first monastery established by Lama
Yeshe and Lama Zopa
Rinpoche in 1969. At Kopan since 1972, Lama Lhundrup is mother and
father to the 300 young monks: Tibetans as well as Sherpas, Manangpas,
Tsumpas, and others from the mountains of Nepal. He also takes care
of the 200 Tibetans nuns of nearby Khachoe
Ghakyil Nunnery, who also study at Kopan.
has also touched the hearts of the thousands of travelers who have stayed
at the Kopan monastery over the years. Lama Lhundrup – "My main job
is to make sure that all the monks have a good education and develop
a good attitude, then we are fulfilling Lama Yeshe's wishes. So in the
end, all these young boys, after they have finish classes, after fifteen
years, they know at least Tibetan language, writing, reading, also general
philosophy, so then they can become translators, teachers, whatever.
I want them to be of good quality, to have a good heart; yes this is