Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden
Venerable Geshe Choden
The Sydney centre will miss our teacher Venerable Geshe Choden who passed away on Monday morning 25th August 2014, he was 86 years of age. Geshe.la had been our resident teacher since 1998. All his students will miss him greatly but we are very grateful to have had the wonderful opportunity to benefit from his wisdom, teaching, his humour, compassion and his continuous generosity.
Geshe Choden was born in Kham in eastern Tibet in 1928 into a nomadic family. At 13 years old he entered the Lab Monastery in Kham Prefecture, Tibet and remained there until he was about 22 years of age. He then traveled to Lhasa and entered Sera-je Monastery where he remained for about 3 years before the Chinese occupation of Tibet. He left for India in 1959. After spending one year in a transit camp in Assam he moved to the refugee camp at Buxar in North India where he stayed for 9 years. From the Buxa camp he eventually went to the rebuilt Sera-Je Monastery in Mysore in South India. He achieved his Geshe level qualifications whilst in South India. In 1998 Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden invited Geshe Choden to come to Australia to teach at the Tibetan Buddhist Society centres in Australia. He settled in the Sydney Centre and in 2004 became an Australian citizen.
Next Retreat – to be advised
This meditation retreat is conducted over 4 sessions during the day. Lunch, morning and afternoon tea are provided. Commencing at 9.30am and concluding at 4.30pm.
If you are interested in attending this day retreat please telephone Rod Lee on 0411 473 584 or email firstname.lastname@example.org More>…
Weekly Thursday evening class at 7.30pm. All Welcome
This Thursday evening class combines both meditation and Buddhist philosophy. The text being taught is the Graduated Path To Enlightenment an anthology of Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden’s teachings drawn primarily from Je Tsong Kharpa’s Great Exposition of the Stages of the Path and Phabonkha Rinpoche’s Liberation in the Palm of your Hand.