Welcome to the Official Website of Sermey Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jamyang
Here you will find information about Khensur Rinpoche such as his biography, some of the past projects and events he was involved in, as well as most recent news, picture albums and his schedule.
Throughout the website you will encounter a number of Tibetan names and titles. For your convenience here is a brief glossary.
Titles of Tibetan Lamas
(Here are presented some common titles given to spiritual teachers in the Gelug tradition, from lowest to highest.)
Geshe: (Tib. dge bshes, short for dge-ba’i bshes-gnyen, “Virtuous Friend“; translation of Skt. kalyāņamitra) Geshe is an academic title given to monks who have graduate from one of the three main monastic seats or monastice universities (Gaden, Sera and Drepung) of the Gelugpa tradiction (Tradition of His Holiness the Dalai Lama). It is equivalent to a Ph.D. in Buddhist philosophy. There are four levels of Geshe degrees: Lharampa, Tsogrampa, Rigrampa and Lingtse. Lharampa is the highest of the four. When talking to a monk who is a Geshe, it is appropriate to call him Geshe-la, “la” being a respectful way to show respect in Tibetan.
Rinpoche: (Tibetan: རིན་པོ་ཆེ་, Wylie: rin-po-che, “Precious”) Literally ”precious” in Tibetan, in the Gelugpa tradition this title is given to reincarnated lamas or monks who have attained high positions in the monastic system. When meeting a monk who is a Rinpoche it is appropriate to call him as such even if he is also a Geshe.
Khen Rinpoche: Literally “Precious Abbot”, this title is given to monks who are appointed as Abbots of one of the three monastic seats of the Tibetan tradition.
Khensur Rinpoche: Literally “Precious Abbot Emeritus”, this title is given to monks who were Abbots of one of the three monastic seats once they have retired from their position as Abbot.
Khenchen: Literally “Great Abbot”, this title is given to monks who have been Abbots of one of the three great monastic seats for a period of more than 10 years.