Please join us for Khenpo Thupten Gongphel's Special Visit to Los Angeles

Khenpo Thupten Gongphel

Khenpo Thupten Gongphel became a monk of the Sakya Order in 1984, when he joined the Sakya Centre in Dehradun and took his novice vows.  He completed the Sakya curriculum of Tibetan grammer, and Buddhist rituals and scriptures.  He took his full monk’s vows in 1990.  In 1997, he joined the Sakya Institute, Puruwala and, in 2004, he obtained his Kachupa degree (equivalent to a BA in Buddhist Philosophy), and his Loppon degree (equivalent to an MA) in 2006.  He spent the next two years teaching Buddhist Philosophy at the Sakya Institute.

In 2008, Lama Thupten Gongphel joined the International Buddhist Academy as a member of the Monastic Leadership Program.  There, he learned English and Chinese Mandarin, while teaching Buddhist Philosophy in English to foreign students during the summer courses held at the Academy.  He served as monastic disciplinarian during his last two years there.  He is qualified to act as translator and interpreter in Tibetan, English, Chinese Mandarin, and Hindi. Lama Thupten Gongphel is known as a genuine monk of the Sakya Order of Tibetan Buddhism and a person of excellent moral character and standing.

In January 2016,  Lama Thupten Gongphel was given “Khenpo” title by His Holiness the Sakya Trizin on May 15 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in front of about 1300 participants. Currently, KhenpoThupten Gongphel is resident lama for Sakya Thupten Dargyl Ling the Minnesota Sakya center.

Location of all events:

Tsechen Chokhor Ling | 12037 Clark Street | Arcadia, CA 91006 >Map and directions.


phone: Oliver: 626.831.4413

Thank You to All Who Attended the visit by His Holiness the Sakya Trizin to Los Angeles in 2016, hosted by Tsechen Chokhor Ling. The visit was a very wonderful time and a great blessing for all. Please click here for photo galleries of the activities and check back here for news of the next visit as well as other upcoming events.


Saturday, June 24, 2017
10 AM – 12 PM  Green Tara Puja

Tara is the manifestation of all the Buddhas’ holy activities in the form of a female deity. She is renowned for swiftly bringing benefit and removing obstacles for all living beings. This ritual has strongly emphasized in Tibetan Buddhism for centuries and is daily performed in all Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries. Practice text will be provided. (Vegetarian diet is required in the morning.)

Dharma Teaching: How to Guard Alertness (Mindfulness)
Saturday, June 24, 2017 2 PM – 4 PM
Sunday, June 25, 2017 10 AM – 12 PM, 2 PM – 4 PM

Khenpo Thupten Gongphel will teach based on the important Mahayana text Bodhicharyavatara (Engaging the Conducts of the Bodhisattvas) that was composed by the prominent Indian Buddhist scholar Shantideva in the 8th century CE. It has been widely upheld as one of the greatest Buddhist literature and credited as many Buddhist masters’ chief inspiration.

*There is no prerequisite for above sessions and everyone is welcomed.

Donations are greatly appreciated.