Geshe Pema Dorjee considers himself a simple monk. His feedback with regard to his work and mission is clear: „please don´t make me a star.“ For him, the great number of disadvantaged people, the poor, the needy, and most of all children, girls, eldery people, street kids, the ill and suffering are the focus of his actions. He well remembers where he came from and the historic suffering of an entire community. Now, every deed of his is motivated by a wish to create happiness and love.
Born in 1951 to a nomadic family in Shillong on the border of Tibet and India, Geshe Pema Dorjee has devoted his life to cultivating meaning and happiness. Like many other Tibetan families of the times, they found refuge in India. After many years of study at the Tibetan Homes Foundation School (TCV) and the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Dharamsala he worked as a teacher for Tibetan Language and Culture. Soon he became Principal of the Tibetan Children´s Village School and only three years later director of the institution.
In 1995, as a result of his continued studies in Buddhist philosophy, he was awarded the Geshe degree (equivalent to a Ph.D.) from the Drepung Loseling monastery. In 1989, at the behest of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama, geshe pema dorjee his friends and supporters established Pelmo Choeding Monastery in exile, one of the great legacies in the history of the Bodong tradition. In 2003 he founded the Bodong Research and Publication Center near Thekchen Choeling Temple, Mcleod Ganj in Dharamsala, and he became its director.
Geshe Pema Dorjee has devoted his life to a great number of charitable projects such as creating schools, establishing regional support, health aid, individual care, never ignoring any occasion to be helpful and to show compassion. To him a meaningful life and happiness is the effect of love and compassion. He is trustee of the Bright Horizon Children´s Home.
Projects and Work in progress
Some of the Geshe Pema Dorjee’s latest activities include bringing specialists in agriculture to remote villages like Rathankot (Nepal), establishing medical aid systems, building a community house there, creating a nunnery and school in Lumla (Arrunchal Pradesh, India), taking seriously ill children from remote villages to have surgeries in hospitals. He is constantly organising and raising funds for people and projects. Further projects in the line up: setting up homes for street children in Kathmandu, helping the old and weak.
For many years now Geshe-là gives teachings, lectures and workshops, individual talks, and supports a great number of students and supporters around the world. Please see travel plans and dates on the right hand side. It is give and take. More than 170 people from more than 10 different countries have taken the responsibility and created a network of compassion for a most precious mission. Pema Dorjee’s infinite stream of energy is amazing and his way of teaching simple acts of kindness is accompanied by a great sense of humor.