Advanced Studies in Buddhist Philosophy
English Language Course -

McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, India

Our Teacher —
Ven. Kelsang Wangmo
— a native of Germany, is completely fluent

in Tibetan and English. She is completing the

the traditional geshe curriculum of

the Great Canonical Texts at IBD.

Ven Kelsang Wangmo, McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala - 2003

The April/May 2007 issue of FPMT's Mandala magzine, in the article The Rise of the Geshe-ma refers to Gen Kelsang Wangmo:

His Holiness has made the call: He wishes for there to be a Geshe-ma degree for Tibetan Buddhist nuns. This stunning appreciation of the benefits to be had by offering advanced educational opportunities to nuns has only recently found a few outlets for its reception. The Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Dharamsala, a monastic institute started by His Holiness, now offers a Geshe degree [program. Among its monastic & lay / male & female students] . . . are several nuns, including a Western Tibetan Buddhist nun named Ven. Kelsang Wangmo. Ven. Wangmo is in her fifteenth year of study at the Institute; if she passes her exams, she may become the first to obtain a Geshe-ma degree. Fast on her heels are a number of Tibetan and Himalayan nuns at nunneries in Nepal and India.

After she completed the second major milestone of geshe studies {the MADHYAMIKA-MIDDLE WAY PHILOSOPHY course, uma zindra} in 2003, IBD asked Ven. Kelsang Wangmo to begin teaching the philosophical studies courses in English. In 2004, IBD inaugurated its English Language Advanced Buddhist Studies program with Ven. Kelsang Wangmo and Don Eisenberg jointly teaching the first course, the COLLECTED TOPICS. In 2005, Gen Kelsang Wangmo taught AWARENESS & KNOWLEDGE and in 2006, TENETS. In 2007, she taught the subjects covered in the first year (of six years) PERFECTION OF WISDOM (phar chin) STUDIES course. Since 2006, Ven. Kelsang Wangmo has served as IBD's professor for Emory University's 'Semester-Abroad' Tibetan Studies Program conducted with IBD at its two campuses (McLeod Ganj & Sara) in Dharamsala, INDIA.

Return to Home Page

Temple image, McLeod Ganj