SOAS Blog article on Geshe Tashi

Over the summer we were contacted by Isobel Edwards at SOAS for an alumni article on Geshe la’s BME medal award from the Queen. Geshe la answered Isobel’s questions, and we think you will enjoy reading what he had to say here.

Given the date of the article, you’ll notice that there has been a delay in posting this blog. We have been having trouble with one of the plugins on the site that deals with subscriber mail outs. It seems it may be a residual problem left over from the highly sophisticated hacking attacks we had last year. You’ll be pleased to hear we’ve been fully secure for some time now (through the security firm Sucuri) and have had no new incidents. We have someone who is looking into cleaning this plugin issue up for us in his spare time, it is just taking longer than expected. In the meantime please feel free to keep visiting the site as usual, will continue to welcome any and all comments.

With best wishes,

The Admin Team

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’s Travels: a Brief Update

Geshe-la has kindly recorded a video message for us.

He shares his latest activities as Abbot of Sera Mey Monastery; his trip to Bodhgaya to lead Essence of Eloquence seminar groups and meetings with His Holiness the Dalai Lama; his trips to Varanasi and Ganden Monastery; Tibetan New Year at Sera Mey; and attending His Holiness’s teachings in a cold and snowy Dharamsala.

Enjoy!

Geshe Tashi’s Christmas Message

Dear online community,

Geshe la is in the middle of the winter debates, and also busy preparing for his departure for Bodhgaya for His Holiness’s teachings, but he has also found time to record a Christmas message for us all.  It seems he is planning to send us more videos, and hopefully some Dharma teachings in 2019, reasons to be cheerful in the coming year!

Geshe Tashi’s Christmas Message

We’d like to follow his example and wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a very Happy Holidays!

With love from

The Admin Team xx

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.

 

My Dad’s passing and thank you.

Geshe la has asked us to upload this message to you about Jamyang la’s passing.

Jamyang la surrounded by his children, with Dekkyi la behind him.  Behind Geshe la and just to the right is his late brother Phurbu la.

And below, from the Jang Chub Lam Rim teachings 2012, with Dekkyi la to the right, and the late Phurbu-la just behind.

Photo by Kirsti Kilbane