Geshe Dhonam, a Tibetan monk for over thirty years, is Trashi Ge Phel Ling’s spiritual guide and main visiting teacher.
Geshe Dhonam became a monk at Gomang College of Drepung Monastery in 1970 when he was 13 years old. In Tibet, Drepung, Sera and Gaden were the three great Gelukpa monasteries. At one time Drepung was the largest with 10,000 monks. When the communist Chinese invaded Tibet, many monks fled with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and, on the destruction of their monasteries in Tibet, rebuilt them in South India. It was the rebuilt Drepung in South India Geshe Dhonam entered as a boy. Over the 22 years he was at the monastery, he studied and passed all the major topics and attained the monastery’s highest qualification “Geshe Lharampa” in 1992.
Immediately after the exams, he was asked by the monastery to go to Buryatia, one of the newly established Russian states, to teach. Geshe-la was a resident teacher at a Buddhist Institute in Buryatia for eight years before returning to Drepung where he was then requested to come and teach the
Dharma in New Zealand.
He currently teaches in Auckland, Hamilton and here at Trashi Ge Phel Ling, Wellington.