Tharchin, Lobsang

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Lobsang Tharchin
Title Prefix Geshe
Name Prefix Khen
Name Suffix Rinpoche
Birth:   1921
Death:   2004
Place of birth:   Lhasa, Tibet

Tibetan calendar dates

Contact information

Website:   Mahayana Sutra & Tantra Press


Primary Language:   Tibetan
Religious Affiliation


  • Geshe Lharampa from Mey College of Sera Monastery
  • Gyu Mey Tantric College

Biographical information

Khen Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Tharchin (1921 - 2004) was born in Lhasa, Tibet, and he entered Sera Monastery there at an early age. He successfully completed the rigorous 25-year program studying under great teachers directly in the lineage of Je Tsongkapa. After his final public examination by the best scholars of the day, Rinpoche was awarded the highest degree of Hlarampa Geshe (doctor of philosophy), and he graduated with the highest honors in his class of 10,000 monks.

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 and the Asian Classics Input Project. (Source Accessed May 8, 2020)

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