Lama Lhundrup is the abbot of Kopan Monastery in Nepal, the first monastery established by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 1969. At Kopan since 1972, Lama Lhundup is like a mother and father to the 300 monks and 200 nuns. Lama Lhundrup has also touched the hearts of the thousands of travelers who have stayed at Kopan monastery over the years.
Geshe Lhundrup Rigsel was born in Tibet in 1941, to a poor peasant family. He joined Sera Monastery while still a boy, and in 1959 fled from the Chinese invasion to India. In Buxa, the refugee camp in Northern India where many of the monks were sent by the Indian government, he met Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa, an studied with the great masters such as Geshe Rabten and others.
In the late sixties he was sent by the Abbot of the exiled Sera Monastery to South India to start clearing land for the new monastery. In 1972 he was called to Kopan by the late Lama Yeshe, to teach philosophy to the Kopan monks for three months. The rest is history.
Khenrinpoche Lama Lhundrup has been abbot of Kopan since then, taking care of the ever growing group of monks and nuns and bringing alive Lama Zopa Rinpoche's and Lama Yeshe's vision of Kopan. Khenrinpoche Lama Lhundrip still teaches classes every day, gives advice to visitors and foreigners and is available for each and every sentient being.
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