Geshe Tenzin Zopa was born in 1972 in the Tsum Valley in
Nepal and is a Tibetan Buddhist monk of the Mahayana tradition. He is known by
the title Geshe, which is Tibetan for professor of Buddhist philosophy. He
entered Sera Jey University in 1990 to undertake extensive studies in Tibetan
Buddhist philosophy and graduated as a Geshe in 2007.
The highly esteemed late Geshe Lama Konchok, became Geshe
Zopa’s spiritual and temporal guardian when Geshe-la was three. From that time
Geshe Lama Konchok gave Geshe Zopa commentaries on various important Buddhist
sutra and tantra texts. Geshe Tenzin Zopa became Geshe Lama Konchok’s closest
disciple and was his assistant and translator until his teacher’s death in
2001. The multi award-winning documentary ‘Unmistaken Child’ covers his search
over 5 years for the recognised reincarnation of his late master.
Geshe-la entered Kopan Monastery in 1984 and was ordained
as a monk. At Kopan he studied Tibetan language, English, Nepali, art, lama
dance, ritual, puja, and Buddhist philosophy. He became close to, and received
teachings from many high lamas across many different lineages. During his adult
life Geshe Tenzin Zopa has worked for his close teacher, Kyabje Lama Zopa
Rinpoche, as an international touring Geshe within Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s
Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). He has taught extensively across the world in Europe, the Indian sub-continent, Asia, and
Australia and was the longest serving Resident Teacher of Losang Dragpa Centre,
Malaysia. In Malayasia Geshe-la further served as the Dharma advisor to Kasih
Hospice Care Society and retreat centre Rinchen Jangsem Ling Dharma Society;
both FPMT centres.
Projects undertaken by Geshe-la include taking responsibility for the temporal and spiritual development of Rachen Nunnery and Mu Monastery, Tsum, Nepal and supervising the completion of the 1000 Buddha Relics Memorial Stupa at Kopan Monastery, Nepal.
A prolific teacher, Geshe-la is the author of 12 books,
“Buddha Nature and Preliminary Prayers and Their Explanations”, “Karma & the
12 Links”, “Ask the Geshe – Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times”, “Mirror to Your Life”,
“Whose Truth?”, “The Yamantaka Short Sadhana Practice”, “Meditation”, “A concise commentary to the Lamp on the Path to Enlightenment”; “Lam Rim – Graduated Path to Enlightenment” and “Buddhist Tenets – A commentary on Chokyi Gyaltsen’s A Presentation of Tenets” , “The Thousand Buddha Relic Stupa”, “The Holy Child of Kopan” and 3 more are in the pipeline “37 Practices to Enlightenment”, “Commentary on the Bodhicaryavatara” and “Buddhist Tantra – The Practice of Purity”. Click here to visit Geshe Zopa’s website.
Geshe Tenzin Zopa is undertaking the important responsibility of overseeing the physical, mental and spiritual development of Tulku Tenzin Phuntsok Rinpoche, the unmistaken reincarnation of the late great mahasiddha Geshe Lama Konchog.
He is currently based in Australia and has extensive commitments worldwide, as he follows the advice of Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in his work for the FPMT, helping students to understand and put into practice the teachings of the Buddha internationally.