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Geshe Tashi visit

Geshe Tashi has told us he “will be coming home” for a short visit in November. As you will no doubt have heard, Geshe la was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to Buddhism in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. He had been advised to take a trip out of the country for visa purposes anyway, and so is taking this opportunity come back for a short while and attend the awards ceremony at the Tower of London on the 15th November.

This is only a preliminary announcement, but he plans to visit his sister Drolma la in Leeds from the 4th November, and then spend some time in London around the time of the ceremony. He says that at this stage he has no plans to teach. He did add, however, that the will be returning next year for a longer trip.

When we have more news you will all of course be the first to know.

With best wishes,

The Admin Team

Geshe Tashi and the Queen’s Birthday Honours list

We are delighted and very proud to announce that Geshe Tashi has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, for services to Buddhism in the UK. Below is an excerpt taken from The Gazette, or Official Public Record:

THE QUEEN has been graciously pleased, on the occasion of the Celebration of Her Majesty’s Birthday, to approve the award of the British Empire Medal (Civil Division) to the undermentioned:
B.E.M.
Geshe Tashi TSERING
For services to Buddhism in the UK

The medal was created in 1917 as a way to recognise the contributions made by people in their communities. Geshe la is now entitled to use the initials BEM after his name.

We have copied the full text from The Gazette below:

Published by Authority | Est 1665

Notice details

Type:

State

British Empire Medal

Publication date:

7 June 2019, 22:56

Edition:

The London Gazette

Issue number:

62666

Notice ID:

3295670

Notice code:

1130

British Empire Medal

Civil Division

Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood

St. James’s Palace, London SW1

8 June 2019

THE QUEEN has been graciously pleased, on the occasion of the Celebration of Her Majesty’s Birthday, to approve the award of the British Empire Medal (Civil Division) to the undermentioned:

B.E.M.

Geshe Tashi TSERING

For services to Buddhism in the UK.

Geshe Tashi Tsering’s interview on the Study Buddhism YouTube channel

Great news!

Matt Linden from Study Buddhism has been in touch with us at geshetashi.org to let us know that Geshe la’s video is now up and running on the Study Buddhism YouTube channel.  Matt has been working on this a long time and has done an absolutely fantastic job.

Matt recorded this with Geshe la at Jamyang shortly before he left for Sera Mey to be Abbot.  Geshe la told us he was very tired during this interview, but for us it is wonderful to see him teaching the dharma, and a timely reminder what a unique and precious teacher he is.  How wonderful to be able to go straight to the essence of taking refuge!

We are delighted to be able to bring Alex Berzin’s wonderful YouTube channel and site to your attention.

We hope you enjoy!

Yours,

The Admin Team

To access the video, please click here.  Matt has divided this into a series of short videos, but if you use this link, they should play one after the other.

 

The Wisdom Podcast with Geshe Tashi is now live

We’re delighted to announce that Geshe Tashi is being featured in ‘The Wisdom Podcast’, a monthly podcast by Wisdom Publications with leading thinkers from the Buddhist world.

Daniel Aitken, the podcast host, has been a great fan of Geshe-la and his Foundation of Buddhist Thought books for many years now.  We think this is reflected in the great rapport between them in this interview, which takes place in Geshe-la’s London flat, a few weeks before his move to Sera Mey Monastery.

You can find the Wisdom podcast here.  We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Official photos from Geshe-la’s Enthronement

Geshe-la has recently returned from Dharamsala where he had an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  The journey there and back was “a real killer”, he said.  He has had one full day after another at the monastery since, and tomorrow he is leaving for a conference with His Holiness in Delhi.  Despite his busy schedule, Geshe-la has taken the time to send us a selection of photos of his Enthronement day by Sera Mey’s official photographer.

Geshe-la’s Enthronement

Geshe-la has let us know that his Enthronement Ceremony went well.  He has sent us some photos, taken by his brother, to share with you all.  He says that he should be able to send us some more photos and videos taken by people with good cameras later.

Isn’t it wonderful to see him in his new role!

Geshe-la has been in Dharamsala since the 23rd, and will be returning to the monastery on the 28th.  He wanted to let you all know that he will be writing about his journey, his first few weeks and his Enthronement Ceremony after he gets back.