Venerable Tsering Phuntsok has been a practicing Buddhist monk since entering the Palyulchoekhorling Nyingmapa Buddhist monastery in Bir, India, in 1987 at age 16. For the first 17 years he studied and practiced in the Nyingmapa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, receiving training in meditation, Buddhist scripture and philosophy, tantric ritual, lama dancing and music. He has received many tantric empowerments and sutra teachings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and many other High Lamas, including late H.H. Penor Rinpoche. In the last several years he has worked on health related projects for his monastery as well as overseeing his nephew and nieces. He currently makes his residence in Dharamsala, India in the foothills of the Himalayas; his home is less than a minute walk from the Temple and residence of the H. H. Dalai Lama. Currently, he facilitates cultural exchange programs between the Tibetan community and US university students who come to Dharamsala to volunteer with Lha Charitable Trust, a local social work agency devoted to improving the lives of Tibetan refugees and local Indians.
Join us at any or ALL of the events this April — I will be in conversation with Tsering on Monday, April 23 which I am most honored to do!
April 19 – 6:30pm to 7:30pm | Location: Namaste Bookshop – 2 West 14th Street, New York, NY
The Heart Sutra Reading with Q&A, Suggested Donations $10
April 22 – 11:00am to 1:00pm | Location: Coney Island Museum – 1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Congress of Curious Peoples – Panel Discussion Religion and Spectacle, Cost $30 for full day admission to Congress
April 23 – 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Location: Observatory – 543 Union Street at Nevins, Brooklyn, NY
Fire and Smoke: A Conversation on Death and Ritual Offering with Tibetan Buddhist Monk Ven. Tsering Phunstok and Shannon Brunette, Admission: $8 Presented by Morbid Anatomy
April 25 – 7:30pm to 9:30pm | Location: The Interdependence Project, 302 Bowery 3rd Floor, Middle Buzzer, New York, NY
Wednesday Open Night Talks at IDP – The Four Thoughts: Turning the Mind towards Responsible Consumption with Ven. Tsering Phuntsok, Cost $20 | $15 for IDP Full Members | $10 for IDP Sustaining Members | $5 for IDP Endowing Members
April 23-26 Daytime Hours | Individual Appointments Available
April 28 – 11:00am to 12:30pm | Prospect Park – Brooklyn, NY
* Email Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule individual appointments, sign-up for park meditation to receive details and if you have any other inquiries or would like to support Ven. Tsering Phunstok’s work. Thank you!
Please see video post above, Winds of Tsopema, India which I shot while traveling with Tsering and fellow monk Kunsang who is in the video!
Also, some photos below of a weekend journey we all took together to visit their monasteries in Bir & Tsopema::::