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Geshe Thupten Dorjee Wins Top Alumni Association Faculty Award

February 29, 2008

http://www.uark.edu/~arsc/headlines/Geshe.html
Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences, University of Arkansas

Geshe DorjeeGeshe Thupten Dorjee, a faculty member in the J. William
Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, won the 2008 Outstanding
Faculty Award from the Arkansas Alumni Association. He is currently
the only Tibetan holding a Geshe Lharampa degree to be teaching
full-time at an American university. The Geshe Lharampa degree, the
highest Tibetan Buddhist doctorate, is equivalent to the doctor of
philosophy degree.

Geshe Thupten Dorjee was born in Tibet during the Chinese Communist
invasion of 1959. He and his family escaped occupied Tibet and headed
over the Himalayan mountains to Bhutan when he was three. Much of
Geshe's early life was spent in a refugee camp in Bhutan with other
Tibetan exiles. Unfortunately, most members of his family died while
there due to the poor living conditions and lack of medical care.

At the age of 13, Geshe entered Drepung Loseling Monastery in
Karmataka, South India. Over the next 22 years, Geshe made a thorough
study of the vast scriptures, principally the five foremost Buddhist
philosophical subjects: Valid Cognition, Perfection of Wisdom, Middle
Way Philosophy, Buddhist Ethics, and Buddhist metaphysics. Geshe was
ordained a Buddhist monk by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1986. In
1994, Geshe received the degree of Geshe Lhatampa.

He has been a visiting faculty member at the University of Arkansas
campus since fall of 2006.
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