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JANE MACKEY-MCGEE


THERESA L. HALTER


PADKAR HOTHOGTHU RINPOCHE


PADKAR HOTHOGTHU RINPOCHE

(Bruce E. Wilson)

GDBT'S RESIDENT TEACHER:

Padkar Hothogthu Rinpoche/Bruce E Wilson Executive Director and Resident Teacher Padkar Rinpoche, age 50, has been a student of Buddhism since 1974. He has studied with many eminent Lamas of this lineage and was a fully ordained Buddhist monk and has completed 3 important retreats to date.

Rinpoche has studied with some of the great Lamas from Mongolia and Tibet, including his root Lama Kyabje Rimpoche Gehlek.

Padkar Rinpoche is a teacher of Buddhist Foundation Theory and practices under the advice and guidance of several Lamas and Teachers. He has taught Lam Rim and meditation since 1989. He co-founded a Buddhist meditation and studies group in January 1989, which in October of 1991 was named as the Ganden Dheling Buddhist Temple by Gelek Rinpoche. In October of 1992 the Secretary of State of Indiana granted Ganden Dheling the status of Not-for-Profit Church.


Padkar's Recognition Letter
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In April of 1998 Bruce was recognized as the Padkar Hothogthu Rinpoche, the incarnation of one of the Hothogthus or high Lamas from Inner Mongolia. His recognition was made by Gajang Geshe Nima Gyaltqan Rinpoche, one of the high Lamas from Ganden Jangtse monastery in India. Please click this link for an English translation and to see a larger image of Padkar Rinpoche's recognition letter.

Padkar Rinpoche earned his B.A. (A.B.T.) in Inner-Asian & Tibetan Studies from Indiana University in the Individualized Majors Program where he focused on:

  • Mongolian History, Religion and Culture
  • Tibetan Language, History, Religion and Culture
WU DAN CHAO
Padkar Monastary, Inner Mongolia
The monastary of Padkar Rinpoche

Padkar Rinpoche, as well as the members of GDBT, believe the best way to facilitate the transition of Buddhism to America is through the short and long-term goals of Ganden Dheling Buddhist Temple, Inc.