Dr. Geshe Shenphen Samdup


The Honorary Abbot of Los Lobos Sanctuary,
and director of Buddhist Studies

AbbotGeshe Shenphen Samdup was born in the village of Karzhi in Bhutan. His father brought him to the Menri Monastery in India at the age of seven, where he attended the School for Tibetan Refuges. In 1992 he joined the Bon Dialectic School, where he studied Philosophy, Tibetan, Grammar, Poetry, Astrology, Astronomy and Tibetan medicine, earning a PhD in 2004.

In 1996, Geshe accompanied His Holiness the Menri Trizin to Tibet, where he visited ancient Bon monasteries and was able to recover ancient texts including Yungdrung Bon Kangyur, the direct teaching of Tenpa Shenrab. For years Geshe worked establish the Zhang-Bod Documentation Center to preserve the Zhang-Zhung culture, and to maintain records of all the teachings by H.H. and other masters.

Dr. Samdup ws executive producer of numerous documentaries including “Summer Rituals of Menri”, “His Holiness Visit to Menri 2007”, “H.H. the Menri Trizin’s trip to Tibet 2004”, “The Bon in Dholanji, India”, and other films on Bon dances and ceremonies, some of which were featured in the Washington Film Festival.

From 2006 to 2008 Dr. Samdup was the senior project officer in the Bon Monastic Center, where he built the Bon Monastic Center Office, and three large dorms for the monks. He also directed the interior design of Bon Museum, Conference Hall, the Media Center and the Tibetan Bon library at Menri Monastery, which was inaugurated by H.H. the Dalai Lama in April 2007.

Currently Geshe Samdup is Abbot of the Los Lobos Mountain Monastery in Chile, and a Research Fellow at The Four Winds Society.

Current appointments:

  • Board of Directors Bon Monastic Center, India
  • Chief Financial Officer Menri Monastery India, seat of World Bon Order
  • Senior Research Fellow Four Winds Institute

Former appointments:

  • Visiting scholar at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York 2000
  • Visiting professor Skidmore College in New York 2000
  • Visiting scholar on Tibetan culture, Smithsonian Institute 2000
  • Lecturer, Christ in Desert Monastery in Santa Fe 2000
  • Lecturer, Honda Mesa Center 2000
  • Lecturer, Yuan Yuan Educational Foundation in San Francisco 2000

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