Geshe Lhundrup Rigsel

Recorded at Gyalwa Gyatso Buddhist Center
Saratoga, California
April 27, 2002


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Geshe Lhundrup 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.

Lama Lhundrup 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 my aim."