Geshe Tashi Tsering: From Monk to Abbot at Sera Mey Monastery

In this episode of the Wisdom Podcast, host Daniel Aitken speaks with Geshe Tashi Tsering, a teacher in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition who was recently appointed abbot of Sera Mey Monastery by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In this episode, you’ll hear Geshe Tashi share stories from his scholastic journey—from his early years at Sera Mey that would eventually lead to a geshe lharampa degree, to his years teaching at Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London. Upon encouragement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Geshe Tashi would continue his education at the School of Oriental and Asian Studies at the University of London, where he completed an additional degree in Social Anthropology on contemporary interest in mindfulness practices. Geshe Tashi discusses his experiences acclimating to Western culture and the particular skillfulness he believes is needed in order to teach Western students. He also shares his reflections on coming full circle, from young monk to eventual abbot of Sera Mey Monastery, as well as his plans for the future including upcoming projects and publications. You can learn more about Geshe Tashi on his website,

Geshe Tashi Tsering was born in Tibet in 1958 and received his geshe lharampa degree from Sera Monastery in India in 1990. Beginning in 1994, he was the guiding teacher of the Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London, while also teaching at other Buddhist centers worldwide. He was recently appointed abbot of Sera Mey Monastery in South India by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Geshe Tashi is also author of the Foundations of Buddhist Thought series.

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