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Ven. Geshe Lhundrub Rigsel
Khen Rinpoche of Kopan Monastery

Ven. Geshe Lhundrub Rigsel Khen Rinpoche, known affectionately as Lama Lhundrub, has been appointed the Abbot of Kopan Monastery by H.H. the XIVth Dalai Lama of Tibet. Kopan is the first monastery established by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 1969. At Kopan since 1972, Lama Lhundrub is mother and father to the 200 young monks: Tibetans as well as Sherpas, Manangpas, Tsumpas and others from the mountains of Nepal. He also takes care of the 100 Tibetans nuns of nearby Khachoe Ghakyil Nunnery, who also study at Kopan. Lama Lhundrub has also touched the hearts of the thousands of travelers who have stayed at the Kopan monastery over the years.

Lama Lhundrub "My main job is to make sure that all the monks have a good education and develop a good attitude, then we are fulfilling Lama Yeshe's wishes. So in the end, all these young boys, after they have finish classes, after fifteen years, they know at least Tibetan language, writing, reading, also general philosophy, so then they can become translators, teachers, whatever. I want them to be of good quality, to have a good heart; yes this is my aim."

- Ven. Geshe Lhundrub Rigsel Khen Rinpoche : "Monasteries and nunneries should be free of charge. You don't charge monks and nuns to stay there, but those who can afford to pay could make donations. If people are taken care of, they will take care of the community like their home. Every few years you should organize a three-month gathering, like you had the Enlightened Experience Celebration in the past, or like the Kagyu or Nyingma Monlam. You have your monk's and nun's festival, with only FPMT IMI Sangha. You need to meet. You make a program, with teachings, retreats and discussions. You invite Lama Zopa Rinpoche and you encourage everybody to come. You find sponsors beforehand, so everybody can attend for free."