Geshe Namgyal Wangchen was born in Tibet in 1934 and educated at Drepung Monastary. In 1959, along with His Holiness the Dalia Lama and 100,000 other Tibetans, he fled the Chinese occupation of his homeland. During the 1980's he began teaching Western students in London, England. He now lives and teaches in the reestablished Drepung Monastery in India.
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