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All monastic staff positions are appointed by the Very Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. They are assigned and deeply rooted. Some monks will hold a position for few months other might hold for multiple years.

Recently, Choje Lama Wangchuk Topden officiated an appointment ceremony in the main shrine hall at Namo Buddha, which was attended by many shedra and school monks, lamas, khenpos and other administrative staff.

Tulku Damcho Rinpoche will become Department Head of Thrangu Tara Abbey and Khenpo Chogyal will serve alongside him as Deputy Department Head. After 11 years as Abbot of Tara Abbey, Khenpo Chonyi Randrol will replace Lama Khamsum Tsewang as Department Head of Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monstery. Lama Khamsung Tsewang was appointed as the new resident lama of Thrangu Dharma Retreat Centre, Ipoh, Malaysia.

Staff Changes at SMD School

We are saying farewell to our beloved SMD School Principal, Acharya Wangchuk Tenzin, who has served for almost six years. Beloved by students and teachers alike, Wangchuk will certainly be missed. However, he is happily wished well as he enters the 4 year retreat for monks at Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre in Bhaktapur.


Acharya Lama Karma Sangpo has now joined us in the role of SMD School Principal. Karma Sangpo completed four years of retreat in 2021. Prior to that, he completed the Acharya Degree (M.A.) in Advanced Buddhist Philosophy. Karma Sangpo also has some familiarity with SMD, having served on the teaching staff from 2007 to 2009. Additionally, he has been a Member Secretary and Executive Vice Chairman of the Lumbini Development Trust.

The SMD School Vice Principal is also leaving. Acharya Tenzin Norbu is working on another degree, this time, a non-Tibetan degree. He’s working toward a BA at Lumbini University – more Buddhist Philosophy.

We welcome and extend warm wishes to them in their new positions!

Photo: Acharya Lama Karma Sangpo with Archarya Wangchuk Tenzin


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