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Remembering a Revered Teacher: Geshe Lhundub Sopa, Renowned Teacher and Scholar, Passes Away of Natural Causes at 92

Remembering a Revered Teacher: Geshe Lhundub Sopa, Renowned Teacher and Scholar, Passes Away of Natural Causes at 92

With reverence, Buddha Weekly is sad to report the most venerable Geshe Sopa “has entered into “clear light meditation”. He passed of natural causes on Thursday, August 28, 2104. Geshe Sopa will be missed—until his rebirth—by his many students. He was a very dear friend of the Dalai Lama, and abbot emeritus and spiritual director of Deer Park Buddhist Center.  Geshe Sopa founded the Center in 1975 at the request of his students.

 

 

Revered teacher Geshe Lhundub Sopa, here meeting with Lama Zopa Rinpoche, passed away at the age of 92.
Revered teacher Geshe Lhundub Sopa, here depicted on the cover of his autobiography, passed away at the age of 92.

 

Born in 1923, in the Tsang province of Tibet, Geshe Sopa is world renowned as a scholar, having trained generations of Buddhists. Geshe Sopa was tenured with the University of Wisconsin, and created a curriculum for the study of Tibetan Buddhism in the West.

In his autobigraphy, Geshe Sopa wrote: “At that time, it was a strange thing for a university to have someone like me teaching there.”

 

The renowned teacher Geshe Sopa meets with His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the University of Wisconsin. Here pictured with Psychology professor Richard Davidson, and other faculty, in a photo from the University.
The renowned teacher Geshe Sopa meets with His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the University of Wisconsin. Here pictured with Psychology professor Richard Davidson, and other faculty, in a photo from the University.

 

He was selected from the foremost Tibetan scholars to help test the Dalai Lama in 1959 for  His Holiness’ Geshe degree. Geshe Sopa followed His Holiness out of Tibet shortly after into exile.

He taught other famous students, including Geshe Jampa Tegchok, Geshe Lobsang Donyo, Geshe Lobstang Tsering—who later became Abbots of Sera Je monastery. His other famous students include Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

 

The great teacher Geshe Sopa taught many students, among them Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
The great teacher Geshe Sopa taught many students, among them Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

 

Geshe Sopa was also an activist for peace, and became a Trustee on the International Peace Council in 1996. He traveled to many countries on behalf of the Committee.

His autobiography was published by Wisdom Publications, as Like a Waking Dream, the Autobiography of Geshe Lhundub Sopa.

Mourners will recite prayers for Geshe Sopa every evening at 7pm in the temple at Deer Park. The temple will also be open during days for people who wish to meditate on Geshe Sopa.

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