Ven. Geshe Jampel Thardo
( 1924 - 2008 )
The ven. Geshe Jampel Thardo was born in the Wood Mouse year of the Fifteenth cycle (1924/25 ce) in the Tsang region of central Tibet. He entered Namgyal Monastery -- the personal monastery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama -- at the age of nine. When he was seventeen he entered the Loseling College of Drepung Monastic University where he commenced his studies towards the degree of Geshe (Doctor of Religious Philosophy -- pronounced "ge-shay"). Having completed his course work, he was studying for his concluding exams when the failed uprising against the Chinese occupation took place in Lhasa in 1959 and was subsequently imprisoned by the Chinese. After several months, members of his family managed to secure his release from prison following which he made his way to Nepal and eventually joined his fellow Drepung monks in exile in the Buxadur refugee camp.