Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Tharchin (1921 - 2004) was
born in Lhasa, Tibet in 1921 and entered Sera Monastery
there at an early age. He proceeded through the rigorous 25
year program of monastic studies under the guidance of
Pabongka Rinpoche and Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. Upon
successful completion of public examination by the best
scholars of the day, Rinpoche was awarded the highest degree
of Hlarampa Geshe (doctor of philosophy) with honors, and is
one of the last living Hlarampa Geshes educated in Tibet. He
proved to be the best debater of his graduation year in all
of Tibet, making him the "First among the First."
Khen Rinpoche then entered Gyu Mey Tantric College, where he
completed its course of advanced tantric studies and
attained a high-ranking administrative position. In 1959
Rinpoche escaped from Tibet into India along with His
Holiness the Dalai Lama. He became actively involved in
resettlement, and compiled a series of textbooks used in the
Tibetan refugee schools.
Khen Rinpoche came to the United States in 1972 and became
Abbot of Rashi Gempil Ling Temple in New Jersey. After going
to South India in 1991 and serving as Abbot of Sera Mey
monastery for some time, he returned to the United States.
Khen Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Tharchin was a lifetime director
and an abbot emeritus of Sera Mey monastery, as well as
founder of the Mahayana Sutra and Tantra Center, which has
branches in New Jersey and Washington, DC. He was also the
spiritual director of the Asian Classics Institute, the
Asian Classics Input Project, Diamond Abbey, and Godstow.
We note with immense sorrow and a profound sense of loss
the passing of Sermey Khensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche
(1921-2004), eminent lama and renowned scholar of the
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