Geshe Sherab Biography

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Geshe Sherab was born in Nepal of Tibetan parents, and received his education at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, the spiritual centre of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). He completed his studies at Sera Je Monastic University and at Gyume Tantric College in India. He has lived in the USA working at the FPMT Central office and several nearby Dharma Centres in Taos, New Mexico. He returned to Nepal after several years in the U.S.A. to become Headmaster of Kopan Monastery.  Geshe-la has retired from the Headmaster role in order to have more time to devote to meditation and to teaching internationally.  For the last few years, he has been travelling and teaching at FPMT Centres in USA, Canada, Mexico, Asia and Europe.

Mandala magazine has a story of Geshe Sherab here.  You can download and listen to several recordings of Geshe Sherab teaching here.

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Several community members have met and studied with him personally and two share their impressions of him below...

Suzanne Rhodes met Geshe Sherab at Kopan Monastery where he ran the English reading groups that she participated in with the young monks.  She writes...

"He's amazing, warm hearted, generous, accessible, and articulate.  He also spent an afternoon going through the Eight Verses of Mind  Training that he zipped through in 2 hours!  He's extremely concise yet so humorous.  He kept punctuating the important bits by stopping and asking ‘did you get it? did you get it?’ while laughing.  This happened so much throughout his teaching that it became our own way of underlining stuff in our discussion group as it really seems to stamp ideas and concepts onto the mind.  He is so easily understandable as his English is great and we really enjoyed him as a teacher because of his light hearted presentation".

Florence Sicoli also met Geshe Sherab at Kopan during a meditation retreat there. She writes....

"I offer here two brief personal observations about Geshe Sherab. During his teachings, a quality that really impressed me is his enthusiastic intellect. This surfaced when students asked questions, particularly difficult questions. Geshe-la seemed to delight in engaging students in heart-felt debate, very much in the style of the animated monks’ daily debates in front of Kopan’s main gompa. This is not to say that he presented himself to us as all knowing. On the contrary, he  frankly admitted if he did not know the answer to a question and quickly added he would consult with his colleagues. Then he would return the next day to tell us what he and the senior monks had discussed about the question. I really admired Geshe-la’s dynamic approach to explaining and discussing dharma".

"Also, during a private meeting when I sought advice from him on a family issue, I found Geshe-la to be very approachable and conducted himself  with a wise, gentle demeanour. He quickly grasped my issue, and his counsel helped me develop the compassionate mindset necessary for me to find positive, respectful ways to approach this ongoing issue."

Here is a portion of an interview with Geshe Sherab taken from the online edition of The Hindu, one of India's national newspapers.

"Love and compassion will help destroy the ‘inner terrorist’ of each person and this purging of negativity from individuals is the only lasting solution to hatred, bigotry and terrorism", Geshe Lama Thubten Gurung (Geshe Sherab) of Kopan Monastery (Nepal) has said.  He was speaking after inaugurating the Pre-Parliament Summit of the Parliament of the World’s Religions to be held at Melbourne, Australia, in 2009. The Summit was organized here on Sunday by the School of Bhagavad Gita.

"Rules and regulations can bring only an outer peace, that too temporarily. If there is hatred and the feeling of revenge inside man’s mind, it is bound to come out some time and then outer peace will disappear. Real peace has to come from a person’s mind", he said.