Buddha Shakyamuni with Arhats (18th c) © Himalayan Art Collection

Shenyen Tsering Samdup

Shenyen Tsering Samdup began his Buddhist training at the Shri Karma Nalanda Institute at Rumtek in Sikkim, a college of higher Buddhist studies founded by the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa. After completing 9 years of study there, he received the degree of Acharya (Master of Philosophy) in 1990. Tsering then continued as a teacher at Nalanda for one year before being sent by the 14th Shamarpa to teach at the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute in New Delhi. Over the next 6 years, his time was spent teaching at KIBI and throughout Europe, Southeast Asia and America. In 2002, Shamar Rinpoche appointed him Headmaster of Shri Diwakar Vihara Buddhist Institute in Kalimpong.