Venerable Tenzin Tharpa
A fully ordained American Buddhist monk in the Tibetan Gelug Tradition, Venerable Tharpa is a teacher, author, and philosopher with over two decades in Tibetan Buddhist studies, half of which spent in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries throughout India.

In 2010, Venerable Tharpa took formal monastic ordination with His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India. While seeking novice ordination, His Holiness offered him the rare opportunity to receive both novice ordination and full ordination the same day. Subsequent to receiving full ordination, Venerable Tharpa accepted an invitation to be the first Westerner to study at the renowned Gyudmed Tantric Monastic University in South India. Well-known for his pragmatic, no-nonsense approach to the teachings, his ability to clarify complex philosophical points for all audiences, and his familiarity with all forms of Buddhist thought and non-Buddhist traditions as well, Venerable Tharpa is fast becoming a valued teacher for our modern multicultural age.

Buddhist Studies

  • Zen Buddhism – The Cleveland Buddhist Temple – Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • Lama Tharchin – Pema Osel Ling, Santa Cruz, California, USA  – Tibetan Nyingma Tradition
  • Boulder Shambala Center – Boulder, Colorado, USA – Tibetan Kagyu Tradition
  • The Library of Tibetan Works and Archives – Dharamsala, India – Tibetan Tradition
  • Gyudmed Tantric Monastic University – Hunsur, South India – Tibetan Gelug Tradition
  • Sera Jey Monastic University – Bylakuppe, South India – Tibetan Gelug Tradition
  • Various meditation retreat centers and ashrams – Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike

Photo gallery of Venerable Tharpa’s life
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Gyudmed Tantric Monastic University

Sera Je Monastery, South India

My 2018 Asian Pilgrimage


My 2019 Southern Europe Pilgrimage