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Khenpo Konchok Thupsang was born in eastern Tibet not far from Gar Monastery. His father, a devout Buddhist practitioner and respected physician, taught Thupsang reading and writing, as well as, giving him inspiration to follow the Dharma teachings.

Khenpo Thupsang entered the Gar Monastery in Tibet at the age of 15.   At the age of twenty Khenpo studied sutra and tantra at Dzongsar Khyentse Chokyi Lodro Institute in Chauntra, India..  Khenpo served as abbot at the Lhagon Jangchub Choling Buddhist Cultural Society in India for six years.

In 2020 Khenpo came to the United States at the request of His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche. In February, 2021 Garchen Rinpoche requested that our center invite Khenpo Thupsang here as resident lama.  Khenpo Thupsang is now our permanent resident lama at the Garchen Mila Buddhist Center in Iowa City.  Khenpo Thupsang will be teaching Dharma and leading meditation practices at the center.

Khenpo Thupsang’s teachings on the Jewel Ornament of Liberation by Gamopa

Khenpo is offering excellent classical teachings on Gampopa’s text which outlines the graduated path to enlightenment. These teachings provide an excellent foundation for understanding Tibetan Buddhism. For fall of 2021 there will be 8 classes. We will resume this series in the Spring of 2022.