1939 - 2010
Ven. Geshe Tsulga (Ven. Tsultrim Chophel) was born in Tibet
in 1939. A novice monk by the age of seven, he joined the Je
college of Lhasa's Sera Monastery to begin his geshe studies
at seventeen. In 1959 he fled Tibet after the Tibetan uprising
against Chinese occupation. After a decade in the refugee camp
of Buxaduar in West Bengal, he went to Bylakuppe in south India
to help build Sera monastery in exile. In 1988, he graduated geshe
lharampa with highest honors at the top of his class.
He arrived in the United States in December 1992, having been
requested to come by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to teach at the FPMT
centers on the east coast. Since 1995 he has been resident
teacher at Kurukulla Center in Boston. Those who know Geshela
will attest to his great kindness, humility, and his being
a shining example of one who truly embodies the teachings of
the Buddha. He has extensive knowledge of Buddhist philosophy
and has authored several books published in Tibetan including an extensive history of Sera Je Monastery, as well
as How to Practice the Buddhadharma: A Lamp Illuminating
the Path to Liberation, which is published with Tibetan and English
and is available now.
After manifesting liver cancer for two years, Geshela passed away in November 2010.