Mindfullness and the joy of life – What is the root cause of happiness and suffering?
A Talk by Geshe Pema Dorjee
Åpent foredrag på lettfattelig engelsk.
Let yourself be inspired by the intetnationally acclaimed Geshe Pema Dorjee during his visit to Oslo. All proceedes of the evening will be destined for the project of Geshe Pema Dorjee to build a nunnery in Lumla, Arrunchal Pradesh India. Information about the project will be given during his talk.
Geshe Pema Dorjee is a Buddhist Lama who was born into a nomadic family in Tibet. In 1959 the family escaped to Nepal and later came to India as refugees. Upon arrival in India he attended the Tibetan Homes Foundation School which was established by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He later went on to study at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Dharamsala, where he attained several higher degrees.
From 1981 to 1997, Geshe Pema Dorjee dedicated himself to the Tibetan Children’s Village School (TCV). The school is located in Dharamsala and provides education for 2500 refugee children. He started as a teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, language and culture. In 1990 he became Principal of the school and three years later he became the Director.
In 1995, as a result of continued studies in Buddhist philosophy, he was awarded the Geshe degree from the Drepung Loseling Monastery. In Tibetan Buddhist education, this is the highest degree that can be earned, and is at least the equivalent of a Ph.D. Pema Dorjee is one of the few Buddhists with a Geshe degree who is fluent in English.
Pema Dorjee was then appointed Principal of the Tibetan Teachers Training Center and served in that capacity for two years. He became the first Principle of the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics Sarah (now College for Higher Tibetan Studies Sarah) where he was in charge of the College for Higher Tibetan Studies from 1997 to 2002.
The Tibetan government-in-exile has appointed Geshe Pema Dorjee to the Higher Level Textbook committee as well as spiritual counsellor to former political prisoners who have been tortured.
In 2001 Geshe Pema Dorjee was advised by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to revive and promote the Bodong Tradition, an important tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, which had become near extinct. Pema Dorjee founded and became director of the Bodong Research and Publication Center in Dharamsala in 2003.