Geshe Ngawang Tharchin Biography

Geshe Ngawng Tharchin

Geshe Nawang Tharchen was born in Northern India in 1966. After moving to Southern India, he attended the Central School for Tibetans in Mundgod until he was 14, at which time he decided to enter Drepung Nyagre Khangtsen Monastery.

Geshe-la became a novice monk in 1981, and in 1992 was ordained by H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama. He was awarded the degree of Geshe (Lingtse Tsoramp) in 1999, and futher studied for an additional year at Gyüto Tantric University, also in India.

In 2001, Geshe-la began teaching with Dagyab Rinpoche in Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. He became the resident Lama at Chodzong Buddhist Center in Germany beginning in 2003 and completed his term at the end of 2004.

In addition to being part of the Drepung Spiritual Arts Fund Raising Tour in 2007, Geshe-la has also taught in Malaysia and Singapore.

Geshe-la has lived in Toronto, Ontario for the last three years and is focused on English studies (he is of course fluent in Tibetan and Hindi) and is eager to continue teaching Dharma to students in our area.


The designation ‘Geshe’ is the equivalent of a Ph.D (doctorate) in buddhist studies and is awarded after a minimum of 18 years of intense study including a three year, three month retreat. It is attainable only by monastics. The term "Geshe-la" is the correct form of address meaning "Honoured Geshe".