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SPIRITUAL LEADER

Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden

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Unbroken Lineage

Born in 1924, Geshe-la became a monk when he was seven. Trained with discipline and dedication rare in today’s world, he embodies an unbroken lineage of the Buddhist teachings dating back to the Buddha himself.
Geshe Loden received his full training at Sera Je Monastery in Tibet when it was one of the three great monasteries in the world. In 1959 China’s invasion of Tibet meant the end of many monasteries and along with many other Tibetans Geshe-la escaped on foot to India to continue his practice and studies.

Geshe Loden is one of the few Dharma teachers in the world to have attained the highest level of proficiency in all the major spheres of Buddhist thought.

He holds the highest possible degree of Geshe Lharampa, a Master’s degree in Vajrayana Buddhism and an Acharya (Master’s) degree from Varanasi Sanskrit University in India.
 

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Coming to Australia

Since coming to Australia to teach in 1976 with no English and only $10, Geshe-la has presented meditation and lecture courses and vajrayana teachings to thousands of students.
Geshe-la founded the Tibetan Buddhist Society in 1979. The sacred temple and tranquil gardens of the Peaceful Land of Joy Meditation Centre in Melbourne reflect his gratitude for the support and shelter he has enjoyed in Australia over the past 30 years.
 

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Major Achievements

Geshe Loden said he feels his life has had three major achievements

  • to have studied and practised thoroughly and with great energy through many hardships to become a Lharampa Geshe
  • to have constructed a traditional Tibetan temple in Australia
  • to have authored seven Dharma books and a prayer book.
He rejoices in his actions since coming to Australia as a refugee – when he had little money or English - by thinking of the great benefit to other living beings.
“For many years I have eaten Australian food, drunk Australian water, had shelter and conditions provided by the Australian people. My activities are to repay the kindness of the Australian people.”

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The Passing of Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden

It is with the greatest sorrow that we advise that our founder and spiritual head, the Most Precious and Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden, Great Treasure of the Tibetan Buddhist Society, our peerless teacher, vajra master and guide passed away on August 24th, 2011.

Geshe-la’s passing will be felt deeply by thousands of people in Australia, India, Tibet and throughout the world. For all those whose lives have been enriched by Geshe-la it is difficult to express how much he will be missed.


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Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden

Read the full biography of Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden
Geshe Loden in Tibet
Geshe Loden in India
Geshe Loden in Australia
Geshe Loden’s books