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One of the first western Buddhist monks in the Tibetan tradition of
Mahayana Buddhism, Jhampa met Ven. Lama Yeshe
and became his first male sanghamember in
1971. From that time Jhampa studied mainly in Dharmsala, India, learning
the Tibetan language. He studied under His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kyabje Ling Rinpoche (His Holiness's senior
tutor) and the Ven. Geshe Rabten and Geshe Dhargaye.
In the fall of 1980 Jhampa entered the traditional Great Retreat and spent the next three and a half years on the mountain above Dharmsala, India. This was under the spiritual guidance of Ven. Ling Rinpoche. Upon completing that retreat he returned to Canada and established three Dharma centers on Vancouver Island.Jhampa is no longer an ordained monk. He is a married Buddhist practitioner and has helped raise two children. In Duncan he teaches weekly, translates for the Sakya Geshe Tashi Namgyal in Victoria and has taught in the Community Education programs in three campuses of Malaspina College for 9 years. He is one of the first western practitioners to be given permission by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to teach all levels of Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism. His talks are spiced with humorous and fascinating anecdotes of his experiences of transforming a western mind to grip the Buddhist perspective. Being born and raised in the west gives Jhampa's way of sharing the insights of the East a uniquely relevant twist.