The 104th Ganden Tripa Lobsang Tenzin Rinpoche during a visit to FPMT International Office staff, Portland, Oregon, US, June 25, 2017

The 104th Ganden Tripa Lobsang Tenzin Rinpoche visited FPMT International Office in Portland, Oregon, US, on June 24. The visit came during a three-day teaching event at Maitripa College. Tri Rinpoche, who was formerly known by the title Jangtse Chöje, had just been appointed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the 104th Ganden Tripa, the spiritual head of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. Tri Rinpoche will be officially enthroned later this season.

Mandala Publications and Maitripa College interviewed Tri Rinpoche with the help of Yangsi Rinpoche, one of Tri Rinpoche’s students and president of Maitripa College, as translator. Tri Rinpoche spoke about what it was like living at Sera Monastery in Tibet, the Communist Chinese oppression and violence that he witnessed in 1959, his decision to flee to India, re-establishing Sera in exile, and helping identify Yangsi Rinpoche as the reincarnation of his own beloved teacher, Geshe Ngawang Gendun. The interview will be published by Mandala in the future.

FPMT International Office was honored to receive the 104th Ganden Tripa Lobsang Tenzin Rinpoche. We wish Tri Rinpoche a long and healthy life, pray that all his holy wishes succeed immediately, and hope he will return to Portland, Oregon, soon.

The 104th Ganden Tripa with Yangsi Rinpoche and FPMT International Office and Maitripa College staff, Portland, Oregon, US, June 24, 2017

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