DOBOOM TULKU

Born 17th February, 1941 (in Tibet)

The eldest child of a family of four sons and one daughter, recognized as the incarnation of previous Doboom Tulku at the age of three by Ven. Lama Phurchog Jamgon Rinpoche.

Brought to the hermitage in Tehor province, near the Dhargye Monastery in eastern Tibet where previous incarnation lived.

Formal education initiated at the age of seven, comprising reading and memorizing Buddhist scriptures under a private tutor at the hermitage and Dhargye Monastery.

At the age of twelve, went to Lhasa to enter the Drepung Monastery, the biggest in Tibet. Studied mainly Buddhist Philosophy for six years, until 1959.

Fled to India from Tibet during the uprising of 1959, lived in a transit camp for Lamas at Buxar, West Bengal, India. Continued studies there until 1969.

In 1969, joined the Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies at Sarnath, then under the auspices of Sanskrit University, Varanasi, studied Buddhist philosophy for three years and received Geshe-Acharya degree in 1972.

Appointed as Librarian at Tibet House, New Delhi in 1972; worked for one and half years.

At the end of 1973, joined the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamsala, H.P. as Librarian and research assistant, main responsibility was to supervise cataloguing and to evolve a proper classification system for Tibetan texts. Also, involved in translation and editing.

In 1997, joined the Private Office of H.H. the Dalai Lama as Secretary, dealing mainly with Tibetan correspondence. Worked for about five years, during which time accompanied His Holiness the Dalai Lama on visits to Japan, USSR, Mongolia, Switzerland, Greece and USA.

Since 1981 to till date, Director of Tibet House, Cultural Centre of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi. Working for promotion of Tibetan cultural heritage to a wide audience through a diverse range of programmes at Tibet House.

In 1996, appointed by His Holiness as Director of His Foundation for Universal Responsibility established with the Nobel Peace Prize money as its initial corpus fund to work for universal harmony and well-being.
On 9th May 1999, awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Buddhist Studies by the Mahachulalongkorn Buddhist University (MBU) of Bangkok.

Since 1997 onwards pursued a project of World Festival of Sacred Music which ushered in the third millennium under the auspices of Tibet House and Foundation for Universal Responsibility. It became a worldwide event with festivals taking place at several venues on the different continents. In October 1999, the first festival took place in Los Angeles, the Global event at Banglore in April 2000, and it successfully concluded in Berlin in December 2001.

As of now, engaged in various Inter Cultural and Intra Buddhist dialogue activities at a Global level.

Last updated on Dec 21, 2007 11:41:06