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A day of teachings with Geshe Sonam Ngodrup

Geshe Sonam Ngodrup in The Netherlands

New teachings and Avalokiteśvara & Green Tara Jenangs

Translation from Tibetan to English by Venerable Khedrup

“The positive approach, putting an emphasis on happiness instead of dwelling on fear and negativities too much activates a wish to grow, to continue this path, and the way he offers the teachings with great patience and understanding for all that makes us human, make that this personal growth can take place, in his words, with a joyous effort. 

The dynamic with his translator, Ven. Khedrup is light and easy-going, and they are able to make one feel connected, both to them and to the teachings.” – student at Maitreya Amsterdam

Geshe Sonam Ngodrup will be visiting the Netherlands this coming August and has been so kind to offer teachings and jenangs (empowerments) both at our retreat center in Loenen as well as in our city center in Amsterdam.

Overview of the teachings


From 22 to 25 Aug.Seven Point Mind Training and Avalokiteśvara Jenang


Geshe la will grant a jenang (permission initiation) into the Kriyā tantra practice of Green Tara. Green Tara is considered highly beneficial for practitioners, because she embodies the swift, compassionate action that aids in overcoming fears, obstacles, and personal challenges, and provides immediate assistance and support, promoting rapid spiritual progress and a sense of nurturing protection. The practice of this deity allows us to incorporate practices of visualization and mantra recitation in order to develop and cultivate Tara’s qualities within ourselves.

For whom

The teachings series and the teaching day on Saturday is suitable for everyone. Some familiarity with the basic concepts of Buddhist thought is recommended to get the most out of this experience. The style of teaching by Geshe la is inspiring and clear and shows his profound knowledge by explaining the topics in a way which creates insights for both newer and long term practitioners.

The Sunday program will only be for practitioners who would like to receive the Green Tara initiation. There might be daily commitments given

About Geshe Sonam Ngodrup

Geshe Sonam Ngodrup, was born in 1968 in the Ganze region of Kham, Tibet and left at the age of 13 to study Buddhism in India. He was ordained as a novice monk at Sera Jey Monastery that year, and at the age of 21 received full ordination from His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Geshe la graduated as a Geshe Lharampa from Sera Jey Monastery in first position in 2003, and in 2004 completed a year of tantric studies at Gyumed Monastery in Hunsur. He was one of the most popular petri geygan (official scripture teachers) at Sera Jey with several hundred students, teaching complex topics of the monastic curriculum. In addition, Geshe la taught sutra studies at Dzongkhar Choede and Gyumed monasteries where his classes were in high demand.

In 2011, Geshe la came to the West, teaching the topics of the Basic Program first at Nalanda Monastery in France and then at Maitreya Institute in the Netherlands, in addition to courses on introductory Buddhism throughout Europe. In 2019, Geshe la settled in Canada. He is a well-loved teacher whose vast scriptural knowledge is tempered by a naturally humble nature and profound non-sectarian approach to the study of the teachings.

Gentle spoken advice by Geshe la

A series of inspiring short videos with advice from Geshe la can be found here on YouTube:

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