Tsering Gyaltsen: An Inside Job

April 9, 2007

Author: Carol Reeves

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Corvallis Gazette-Times


Corvallis, OR (USA) -- Tsering Gyaltsen has come a long way to settle in Corvallis as the teacher of a small but devoted group of students interested in learning the ancient practices of Tibetan Buddhism.

Born in western Tibet in 1945, Gyaltsen went into exile to India with his family at the age of 16. They lived in a settlement managed in part by the Dalai Lama, who fled Tibet in 1959 after the Chinese invasion.

He attended the Varanasi Tibetan Institute of High Studies within Sanskrit University and, in 1982, he received an Acharya degree — a type of master’s degree in Buddhist studies.

For six years, Gyaltsen worked for the Dalai Lama as a representative of the Nyingmapa school of Buddhism within the Tibetan government in exile, operating in Dharmasala, India.