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.
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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.
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
British Empire Medal
7 June 2019, 22:56
The London Gazette
British Empire Medal
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:
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’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.
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 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.