Faculty Staff & Board

Staff of Namgyal Ithaca

Venerable Geshe Lobsang Jhagmey was born on 5th June 1973 in Kham Zachu Khaba in, Tibet. At the age of seven he became a monk and enrolled at Gaden Sherdupling and started memorizing classical Buddhist Texts. Later he became the class prefect and joined Sera Je Monastery in Tibet where he studied Buddhist Philosophy till 1987. In the year 1992 he escaped from Tibet through Nepal to Dharamsala,India where he received an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In the same year he went to South India and joined the Sera Je University in Buylakuppe where he completed 14 years of Buddhist dialectic studies. Over the course of the next 25 years, he completed extensive studies (Dharmakirti, Perfection Vehicle, Madhyamaka, Middle Way School and others) and was awarded the equivalent of a PhD. in both Sutra and Tantric, referred to as the Geshe Lharampa Degree. Year 2013 he was appointed as Philosophy teacher in Sera Je Monastery and in July 2014 joined Gyurmey Trantric college. In the year of 2015 he was selected to be the teacher of Namgyal Monastery where he teaches both Sutra and Tantra until coming to Ithaca Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies.

Ven-Tenzin Choesang – Teacher & President.

At the age of 16 Venerable Tenzin Choesang became a monk at Namgyal Monastery, the personal Monastery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. There he studied with Gen Lobsang Nyima, the 100th throne holder of Je Rinpoche (Lama Tsong- khapa). After finishing his examination of Master of Buddhist Sutra and Tantra in the year 2000 the Abbot of Namgyal Monastery selected him to be a teacher of Namgyal Monastery students. He taught Namgyal Monastery students both Sutra and Tantra for five years. From 2002-2005 he held several positions within the monastery including education director. Tenzin Choesang has taught and studied at many places across India and around the world. Currently Venerable Tenzin Choesang is the Board President of the Namgyal Monastery, Ithaca, New York and the Buddhist Chaplain at Cornell University.

Ven.Lobsang Choegyal- Teacher

Venerable Lobsang Choegyal was born in April 10th 1975 in Mussorie, Uttar Prasesh, India where he went to school. He joined Namgyal monastery in the year 1990, Memorizing the classical texts for Guhayasamaja, Heruka, Yamantaka, Kalachakra and pujas related with Dharma protectors the three jewels. He also studied Buddhist dialectic studies. He has completed thirteen years of study in both the Sutra and Tantric Texts and in 2008 he completed his studies and got Master Degree of Buddhist Sutra and Tantra.

He is trained in the creation of the mandalas for Kalachakra, Yamantaka, Heruka, Guhayasamaja, and Vajrakilaya. He is also trained in ritual cymbals and dance, butter sculpture and chanting. He then went to the Namgyal Monastery branch in Boddhagaya for 3 years and next assumed responsibility as a teacher of Namgyal Monastery monk students for 3 years in Dharamsala.

Ngawang Dhondup – Administration.

Mr.Ngawang Dhondup was born in Western Tibet, in a small village called Tholing. With the grace of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, he completed his High School and college degrees in India where he was awarded the equivalent of a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

Mr. Ngawang Dhondup worked in the Central Tibetan Administration of H.H the Dalai Lama under the Department of Home for 25 years in different position and responsibilities from 1982 to 2006-such as Settlement officer, Chairman of Co-operative Societies, Vice Chairman of Settlement Schools, Chairman of Settlement Hospitals, Vice-Chairman of Indo-Tibetan Association in Settlements, Local Tibetan Election Commissioner, local justice commissioner in settlements, head of welfare division at Department of Home and Chief Executive Officer- CEO of the Federation of Tibetan Co-operative societies in India,Ltd.

Since 2007 he has served as Administrator of Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies,Ithaca,New York.

Palden Oshoe – Translator & Teacher.

Palden Choedak Oshoe was born in Bumthang, a small town towards the east of Bhutan. He was raised early on in Tibetan Children’s Villages, a school established primarily for Tibetan children under the altruistic leadership of Ama Jetsun Pema la supported by the grace and kindness of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. After graduation from high school he eventually became the monastic translator for the Namgyal Monastery, the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Ithaca,New York.

Adjunct Faculty

  • Ven- Tenzin Choesang
  • Deana Bodnar
  • Clint Sidle
  • Palden Oshoe
  • Ven- Lobsang Choegyal

Board of Directors

  • Ven- Tenzin Choesang – President
  • Deana Bodnar – Vice President
  • M.Sue Crowley — Secretary
  • Ven- Lobsang Choegyal
  • Clint Sidle
  • Amy Spenciner
  • Priscilla Sawa