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Geshe Samten was born in Solukhumbu, Nepal, on the way to Mount Everest, in 1981. He became a monk in 1993 at Kopan Monastery, where he studied for almost 23 years. After this, Geshe Samten went to Sera Jay Monastery and Gudmay College in south India where he completed his Geshe Degree. The Geshe degree is an academic degree in Philosophy and training the mind equivalent to our PhD.

While at Kopan, Geshe Samten undertook retreat and he is planning to do a longer retreat after he returns to Nepal.

Few people have the opportunity to study the philosophy and mind training necessary to become an expert in meditation practices and understanding the mind.  In the Buddhist Monastic tradition there is a thorough programme which has been followed with success for generations.  Kopan Monastery and the International Buddhist Academy do welcome anyone from any race and religious background to study there and courses are available every year in English.

Geshe Samten will talk to us about the benefits of meditation and inspire us to continue our interest in this subject.

Ven Sean (Gelong Ngawang Tenzin Jamchen) was born in Sussex, England in 1968. He moved to Japan in 1989 where he began his study of Buddhism. He began learning Tibetan language in 1991 and in 1993 moved to Dharamsala, North India, to further his studies of Tibetan Language and Buddhist philosophy. He remained there for four year and became a monk in 1994.
Ven Sean divided his time between Drepung Monastery, South India, and Shechen Monastery, Nepal, for five years before moving full time to Shechen in 2002.
Throughout this time, Ven Sean has engaged in meditation practice and solitary retreat under the guidance of some of the greatest Buddhist masters of our time. These include H.H Dalai Lama, Kyabje Denma Locho Rinpoche, Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche, Kyabje Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche and many more.
Sean began translating for his teachers in 1995. He has also translated more than fifty practice texts and most recently Shabkar’s Meditation Instructions: The Emanated Scripture of Manjushri.

(Shambhala/Snow Lion Publications)
Sakya Meditation Centre is delighted that Ven Sean has accepted our invitation to teach on 'The Life of the Buddha' and 'The Four Noble Truths' set in the context of ‘the four close placed mindfulness’.
It is through meditation that the Buddha developed his mind to such an extent that he could truly help others deal with their suffering and develop an inner stable contentment. 'The Four Noble Truths' is the first teachings of the Buddha in Sarnath in India where he explained the nature of reality and how through meditation