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History 2001 Geshe Kalsang Damdul

Geshe Damdul is the Assistant Director of the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics (IBD) in McLeod Ganj.

Assisting since 1996 in the over-all direction and managment of the Institute, fund-raising, acquiring scholarships for the new students, and creating new sections like computer center. He has been directly appointed twice, consecutively, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as both the member of Academic Advisory Council, Education Department, CTA and Public Service Commission, an autonomous constitutional body of CTA.

In 1995, he received the Geshe Degree from Drepug Loseling Monastery, Mundgod, Karnataka, India.

IN 1994, Became one of the first Tibetan delegates to travel to the USA to participate in the East-West Dialogue Program initiated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and HH Pope John II in 1983. In 1985, he accompanied Dr Tenzin Chodak, the late personal physician for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. From 1987 he traveled as the translator for His Eminence Gaden Tripa, 98th throne holder of Gelukpa lineage, who visited the West to giving teachings.

Formal education at Central School for Tibetans in Mussoorie in 1962.

In 1973, he joined IBD and earned a degree in Prajnaparamita in 1980. Continued his education for another three years to earn degree in Madhyamaka (equivalent to masters degree in Buddhist Philosophy) in 1983.

After 12 years of practice and serious studies beside the hectic obligations in the Institution, he earned the Geshe Degree in Buddhist Philosophy.

Geshe Kalsang Damdul will speak on the basic rituals in Tibetan Buddhism, the ten non-virtues, and the practicality of them in everyday life, and on meditation, at 11 am.