Ngawang Yonten grew up in Gyalrong College at Sera Mey monastery, under the care of Geshe Lotar. He is one of the star students, very funny and excellent at debate. He is also the favorite cook. As the chanting master at his college, he has to memorize twice as much as anyone else, and even memorized the entire “Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life” for extra study. He’s a whiz with computers and is the local expert with Photoshop. And he is one of the monks who takes care of Geshe Lotar, now that he is getting older.
He is about to take his pre-geshe exams, the first step toward completing the monastery course of geshe studies. At that time, it is customary to make offerings to the monastery as a thank-you for all their care over the years, and to help the upcoming group of monks. It is also a custom to make offerings to the monk’s family, to recognize their sacrifice in allowing their son to live apart from them. Because of the extra costs involved in fundraising, we are hoping to get a little more than $4,000 in the next couple of weeks so that we can send him a total of $4,000 to help with his expenses.
- Christiane Taprogge-Langer
- Uli Pielen
- Vera Davies
- Joyce Sato-Reinhold
- Michael Wick
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