We will have a second question and answer session with Ven. Gache, specifically targetted to students of Arya Nagarjuna's texts covered by Root Institute courses. We will first cover the questions relating to Arya Nagarjuna's texts and then if there is time, we can look at any other questions of the students. The courses done and the YouTube playlist links are:
Dispelling Disputes: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqBPgpB4_xb33IDjy7PSYrjM3o4kcN4IO
Seventy Stanzas: https://youtube.com/playlist?
Sixty Stanzas (not a very good recording): https://youtube.com/playlist?
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Venerable Tenzin Gache grew up in the Boston area. After graduating college, he travelled to India, and received ordination from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2006. Later that year he travelled south to Sera Jey Monastery, near Mysore, India, joining the house group of his teacher, Choden Rinpoche.
Since then he has lived, studied, and practised at Sera. Currently he is 14 years through the 19-year Geshe (Doctorate of Buddhist Philosophy) study program at Sera Je Monastery in Bylakuppe, India. For the past two years, while stuck in lockdown in Nepal and India, Ven. Gache has been engaged in an exhaustive study of Nagarjuna's works.
Having grown up in a Western context, he is especially interested in understanding how ancient Buddhist wisdom can be made accessible to educated, thoughtful people in the modern world without diluting the profundity of the Buddha's message.
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