Geshe Yeshi Wangchuks reincarnation 02Geshe Yeshi Wangchuk was perhaps the most famous scholar of Sera Mey since 1959. Following the Chinese occupation of Tibet, although many scholars and monks escaped into exile in India, many more were left behind in Tibet. Gen Yeshi Wangchuk, as he was fondly called with, was left behind and imprisoned for some time. In 1985 when the former Panchen Rinpoche revived the Lhasa Monlam Chenmo prayer festival in Tibet, Gen Yeshi Wangchuk was ranked the top Geshe at the Geshe Lharampa examination conducted during the prayer festival.

He spent his entire life preserving and reviving the Buddha Dharma in Tibet. He had also composed many works; his commentary on all the four chapters of Dharmakirti’s Pramanavartika has now become a standard text book of Sera Mey. Gen Yeshi Wangchuk passed away in 1997.

His reincarnation was found in Hunsur Tibetan Settlement and was recognised by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on 3rd February, 2016. The boy was then 6 years old and was called Tenzin Lhakpa. This year, on 28th March, His Holiness the Dalai Lama performed his formal hair-cutting ritual; His Holiness gave him a new name Tenzin Yeshi. On 13th April, Sera Mey Monastery formally invited the young reincarnation to the monastery and a brief religious ceremony to mark Geshe Yeshi Wangchuk’s return was conducted. The young reincarnation will be formally enthroned on 7th Aug, the 15th day of the 6th Tibetan month, the day on which Buddha Shakyamuni is believed to have turned the great wheel of Dharma.