Geshe Namdak is the new resident teacher at Jamyang London, teaching in excellent English.
He is a Buddhist scholar and practitioner whose education and life experience bridges both East and West. Born in the Netherlands, he graduated with a degree in hydrology and initially worked as an environmental researcher. He encountered Buddhism at Maitreya Institute in 1993 and took ordination from HH Dalai Lama before engaging in his formal studies in Buddhist philosophy and psychology at Sera Jey Monastic university, South India. In May 2017 he was awarded the Geshe degree (equivalent to Ph.D), the first Westerner to complete the entire twenty-year Geshe programme.
Geshe Namdak is an experienced teacher of both practical and philosophical aspects of Buddhism, renowned for his clarity, humility, and excellent sense of humour. He is one of the founding trustees and teachers of CKSL, an FPMT centre in Bangalore, India, and the founding director of Shedrup Sungdrel Ling, a study centre for western monks.
At the request of the private office of His Holiness, for the past five years he has led the annual pre-ordination course for aspiring monks and nuns at Tushita Meditation Centre in Dharamsala. He has received a great number of teachings, transmissions and instructions from over 25 highly respected teachers and lineage masters and completed many retreats.