Sad demise of H.E. Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Tsultrim Phuntsok, the 77th Abbot of Drepung Gomang Monastery

 Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Lharampa Tsultrim Phuntsok was born at Shongchu Ngak Tsel in 1939. In 1945, he became a monk and was ordained at Shongchu Tserpa Gonpa at Gadhan Choekorling. He pursued basic monastic studies at his native place before joining Drepung Gomang Monastic Administrative Office Gomang monastery near Lhasa in 1954. After the invasion of Tibet by China, he fled to India, and stayed at a transit camp at Buxa for ten years, practicing and memorizing texts, also occasionally teaching the camp's small children. He was also one of the 60 monks who were present during the re-establishment of the monastery in India. In 1981, Rinpoche taught at Hamburg University in Germany for three years. In 1995, Rinpoche was chosen by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to be the Head Abbot of Drepung Gomang Monastery. Since then, he has been deeply involved, dedicating himself for the welfare of the monks here and supervising the smooth running of the administrative system of the monastery. Rinpoche was also a member of the first Gomang tour group who visited United States in 1999, and he officially visited Japan, Russia and Mongolia. Rinpoche returned to his native place and was ailing for some time. He passed away on 23rd July in Tibet.