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The Monks

Geshe Thubten Rabten

Geshe Rabten joined Sera Jey Monastery in 1978 at the age of fourteen. In 1980 he received novice ordination from Ling Rinpoche and in 1984 full ordination from His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

In 1999 Gen-la received his Geshe Lharam degree and in 2000 he underwent tantric studies in Gyume Tantric Monastery, successfully completing his tantric studies examination in 2002.

Following that, Geshe Rabten held various teaching and other important positions in Sera Jey including Master of the Debate Ground, where he supervised and guided the monks whilst they were debating, and Disciplinarian.
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Thubten Gyatso

Ven. Thubten Gyatso (Dr. Adrian Feldmann)

Ven Thubten Gyatso, was ordained by Lama Thubten Yeshe in the 1970s, and was one of the first Westerners to become a monk in the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. He is a Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition veteran who has been instrumental in establishing a number of Dharma centres including Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery.

Gyatso is the author of The Perfect Mirror and A Leaf in the Wind. Gyatso regularly teaches and leads retreats at Atisha Centre in Bendigo and is Director of Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery.
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Thubten Lhundrup

Ven. Thubten Lhundrup (Chris McGlone)

Ven. Thubten Lhundrup, was ordained by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 2003 and received gelong vows with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2004. Lhundrup first attended Buddhist teachings with Geshe Doga in 1995 at Tara Institute in Melbourne, moved to Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery in 2002, spent 2005 in Darjeeling, India studying Tibetan language and 2014 in McLeod Ganj pursuing further studies. Lhundrup is the author of Practical Meditation.
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Ven. Jampa Choephal

Ven. Jampa Choephal (Shane Brooks)

Ven. Jampa Choephal, was ordained by Khensur Lobsang Thupden Rinpoche in 2002. Following seven years at Sera Jey Monastery in South India studying Tibetan language and Buddhist philosophy, Jampa now lives at Thubten Shedrup Ling and considers it his home monastery.
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Ven. Lobsang Dorje

Dorje was born in London in 1970. In 1971 his family returned to South Africa, where he grew up.
Dorje met Buddhism at the FPMT centre in London in 1996 and ordained there at the beginning of 2003. He immediately moved to Nalanda Monastery in France and studied both there and at Instituto Lama Tzong Khapa in Italy until the end of 2009.
From 2010 to 2012, Dorje studied Tibetan at Sera Jey Monastery, before joining the FPMT’s Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo translation course in Dharamsala until the end of 2014. Dorje is now the interpreter for Geshe Rabten at Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery.
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Ven. Lozang Yeshe (Ty Cairns)

Ven Lozang Yeshe, was ordained by Khensur Lozang Palden in 2005. Since that time he has resided mainly at Chenrezig Institute in Queensland, engaging in philosophical study and retreat. In 2014 Yeshe visited Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery to help complete the building of the abbot’s residence. Seeing the importance with which the Great Stupa, Atisha Centre and Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery would have for the future of the dharma in Australia, Yeshe decided to stay and make the monastery his home.
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