Faculty & Advisors

The teaching faculty of Phuktal Monastic School currently consists of three Geshes (the Buddhist monastic equivalent of a Master's degree) whose appointments last, typically, about three years. The Geshes instruct the students in their subjects, but also oversee all details of their dormitory life.

Transient

Venerable Lama Chosphel Zotpa is advisor to the Phuktal Cultural & Welfare Society and President of the Himalayan Buddhist Cultural Association. He is former vice chairman of the ST Commission, Government of India, and former member of the Government of India’s Minority Commission.  He serves as advisor to the Phuktal Monastic School.

Transient

Dr. Tsewang Yangjor was born in the village of Shun, Zanskar, and was educated at the Central Institute of Buddhist Studies (Leh), receiving his Ph.D from the Sanskrit University of Varanasi. He is Associate Professor of Tibetan Language and Literature at the Central Institute of Buddhist Studies, and serves as advisor to the Phuktal Monastic School.


 

Geshe Stanzin Thinley, son of the late Tsering Norbu, is from Shun Zanskar. After receiving his basic education at Phuktal, he went to Drepung University in Mondgod, South India, for advanced studies. After fifteen years he became Geshe Lharampa in Buddhist Philosophy. For a few years he worked as a teacher in Phey Shedup Monastery (Leh, Ladakh) and at present he is working as teacher in Phuktal Monastery, Zanskar. 

Geshe Nurbu is from Testa village in Zanskar. After receiving his basic education at Phuktal, he went to Drepung University in Mondgod, South India, for advanced studies. He earned the title “Geshe” and now works as the administrator of the Phuktal Monastic School.