Geshe Thupten Wangchen entered the Tibetan Buddhist educational system at the age of 10 as a novice monk at Sera Jhey Monastery in South India and later took full ordination with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. After 23 years of study and rigorous examinations he was conferred the Lharam Geshe degree or PhD in Buddhist Philosophy. Geshe-la had the rare honor of representing his monastic college Sera Jhey in the yearly debate competition with its sister college Sera Mey in 1997. Only a couple of the monks in their final year of study are chosen.
In 1998, Geshe-la began a further period of study at the Gyuto Tantric College in Arunachal Pradesh. Following his studies Geshe-la taught Tibetan and Western students at Kopan monastery in Nepal (in 2000) and also taught as a tenured lecturer of Buddhist philosophy at Varanasi University in India in 2001.
At the request of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Geshe Wangchen kindly agreed to become the Resident Teacher at our sister FPMT centre Dorje Chang Institute in Auckland in 2003. Geshe-la regularly leads retreats here at Mahamudra Centre.