Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery

From Australian Buddhist History
Jump to: navigation, search
Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery

Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery

Tradition/Linage Tibetan, Gelug
Main School Vajrayana
Founded 1996
Teacher(s) Ven. Thubten Lhundrup
Contact Infotmation
Address 25 Sandhurst Town Road
Myers Flat
Victoria 3556
Country Australia
Fatal error: Failed to parse or geocode

Fatal error: Failed to parse or geocode

The following coordinate was not recognized: div><span class="errorbox">Fatal error: Failed to parse or geocode</span></div><br /><br />.
The following coordinate was not recognized: div><span class="errorbox">Fatal error: Failed to parse or geocode</span></div><br /><br />.
Loading map...
Phone 03 5446 3691

Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery

Since its introduction into Australia, Buddhism has gained wide acceptance as an exceptional philosophy that has brought inner peace, happiness and spiritual direction to the lives of countless people. To help preserve and disseminate Tibetan Buddhist teachings, Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche began establishing a global network of centres called the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition. In 1994 Lama Zopa Rinpoche asked Australian Buddhist monk Ven. Thubten Gyatso (Dr. Adrian Feldman) to establish a monastery on land near Bendigo donated by the family of Mr. Ian Green. His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the XIVth Dalai Lama of Tibet endorsed the name: Thubten Shedrup Ling, An Oasis for Study and Practice of the Buddha’s Teachings. With the architectural and financial support of Mr. Salim Lee and the support of many individual donors, construction began in 1996. The first monks moved in to Thubten Shedrup Ling in 1997. Thubten Shedrup Ling is the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery to be established in Australia.


His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, is the head of state and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He was born Lhamo Dhondrub on 6 July 1935, in the small village of Taktser in northeastern Tibet. Born to a peasant family, His Holiness was recognized at the age of two, in accordance with Tibetan tradition, as the reincarnation of his predecessor the 13th Dalai Lama, and thus an incarnation of Avalokitesvara, the Buddha of Compassion.

Venerable Lama Thubten Yeshe

Venerable Lama Thubten Yeshe was born in Tibet in 1935. At the age of six, he entered Sera Je Monastic University in Tibet where he studied until 1959, when as Lama Yeshe himself has said, "In that year the Chinese kindly told us that it was time to leave Tibet and meet the outside world." Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, together as teacher and disciple since their exile in India, met their first Western students in 1965. By 1971 they settled at Kopan, a small hamlet near Kathmandu in Nepal. In 1974, the Lamas began touring and teaching in the West, which would eventually result in the formation of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition. Lama Yeshe died in 1984.

Venerable Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche

Venerable Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, Spiritual Director of the FPMT was born in 1946 in Thami, in the Mount Everest region of Nepal, not far from the Lawudo cave where his predecessor had meditated for the last 20 years of his life. Lama Zopa Rinpoche is now the Spiritual Director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition and oversees all its activities.

Osel Hita

Osel Hita, recognized as the incarnation of FPMT’s founder, Lama Thubten Yeshe, was in his early life known as Lama Osel. Today he prefers to be called simply “Osel”. Osel is completing a course of Western studies in Europe.

The Monks

Ven. Thubten Gyatso (Dr. Adrian Feldmann)

Ven Thubten Gyatso, was ordained by Lama Thubten Yeshe in the 1970s, and was one of the first Westerners to become a monk in the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. He is a Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition veteran who has been instrumental in establishing a number of Dharma centres including Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery.

Gyatso is the author of The Perfect Mirror and A Leaf in the Wind. Gyatso regularly teaches and leads retreats at Atisha Centre in Bendigo and is Director of Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery.

Ven. Thubten Lhundrup (Chris McGlone)

Ven. Thubten Lhundrup, was ordained by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 2003 and received gelong vows with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2004. Lhundrup first attended Buddhist teachings with Geshe Doga in 1995 at Tara Institute in Melbourne, moved to Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery in 2002, spent 2005 in Darjeeling, India studying Tibetan language and 2014 in McLeod Ganj pursuing further studies. Lhundrup is the author of Practical Meditation.

Ven. Jampa Choephal (Shane Brooks)

Ven. Jampa Choephal, was ordained by Khensur Lobsang Thupden Rinpoche in 2002. Following seven years at Sera Jey Monastery in South India studying Tibetan language and Buddhist philosophy, Jampa now lives at Thubten Shedrup Ling and considers it his home monastery.

Ven. Lozang Yeshe (Ty Cairns)

Ven Lozang Yeshe, was ordained by Khensur Lozang Palden in 2005. Since that time he has resided mainly at Chenrezig Institute in Queensland, engaging in philosophical study and retreat. In 2014 Yeshe visited Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery to help complete the building of the abbot’s residence. Seeing the importance with which the Great Stupa, Atisha Centre and Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery would have for the future of the dharma in Australia, Yeshe decided to stay and make the monastery his home.


Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery