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Tsering Phuntsok



Tsering was born in the Himalayas, in Ilam, Nepal. At the age of thirteen, 1983, he began his study and practice of Buddhism in his village temple. He continued his studies in the Nyingma tradition in Northern India in Bir, at the Palyulchoekhorling Monastery, not far from H.H. Dalai Lama’s temple.


Along with his practice and study of Buddha dharma in the monastery, he was appointed by his abbot, H.E. Rigo Tulku Rinpoche, to teach the younger monks, as well as to spearhead social service initiatives. Tsering received his masters in Buddhist philosophy in 2003. Beginning in 2002, Tsering has participated as a group leader in programs from Tulane and Loyola Universities in New Orleans, Centenary College in Shreveport, LA, and colleges in Kentucky that study Tibetan culture and Buddhism, and also work with the Tibetan refugees in Dharamsala, India. In 2009, by invitation from these universities and by direction of his monastery, Tsering began traveling and teaching Buddhism in the west.

Now in his seventh year being involved in New Orleans Sacred Music Festival, Tsering has become a festival favorite! Don't miss him at this year's festival!