Curriculum Vitae

Geshe Thupten Dorjee

Professor, of University of Arkansas

517 Old Main, University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR  72701

(479) 575-2509

tdorjee@uark.edu

Synopsis:

Ven. Geshe Thupten Dorjee is an ordained Tibetan Buddhist monk whose 25 years of intensive study in the Drepung Loseling Monastery University in South India culminated in the advanced Geshe Lharampa Degree, the same degree held by H.H. The Dalai Lama.  After earning the highest degree awarded in the Gelugpa University, Geshe-La continued his education at the prestigious Gyuto Tantric Monastery University, where after another three years of training he received the Geshe Ngarampa Degree, a degree held by few in all of North America.  For the next several years, Geshe-La toured throughout the world with Mystical Arts of Tibet, continued academic studies in the West, began setting up Dharma centers in North America Fairhope Tibetan Society at AL, Tibetan culture-instute of Arkensas at AR  and Thupten Colling Darma Center at UT, and taught at various universities (USA, SHCL,WUS, UNI, SUU and PSCL) as lecture and adjunct professor.  He is currently instructor at the University of Arkansas, where his popularity among the students and recognition by his peers has earned him the Outstanding Faculty Award, the Teacher of the Year, and, more recently, the John A. White Award for Faculty-Student Collaboration for work on the Text Project, an ongoing program where select students and faculty from the University travel to India to preserve the rich living tradition of elder Tibetans in Exile Today (TEXT).  He also maintains full Buddhist Chaplaincy duties.

Education

Geshe Ngarampa (Post-Doctoral Degree)

Gyuto Tantric University

Advisors: H.H. Losang Nyima (former Tsong Khapa Throne Holder)           Ven. Geshe Losang Dorjee (former Abbot of Gyuto Monastery)

http://www.gyutomonastery.com/history.html

Geshe Lharampa (Ph.D. equivalent)

Drepung Monastic University

Advisors: Kenzur, Losang Nyima, Kenzur Pema Galtesn,  Kenzur Yeshe            Thupten, Kenzur Dorjee (former Abbot of Drepung Loseling Monastery)

http://www.loselingmonastery.org

Lopon (M.A. equivalent), Drepung University

Geluk Examination Department

Karam (B.A. equivalent), Drepung University

Geluk Examination Department

http://www.gelukpauniversity.com

Academic Employment

Instructor, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas (2006 – present)

Instructor, University of Northern Iowa, Spring (2010)

Instructor, University of Southern Utah, Cedar City (2010)

Adjunct Instructor, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama (2005-2006)

Mentor, Prescott College, Prescott Arizona (2004)

Instructor, Springhill College, Mobile, Alabama (2004)

Instructor, Gyuto Tantric University, Arunachal Pradesh, India (1996-1998)

Assistant Instructor, Drepung University, Karnataka, India (1985-1996)

Areas of Specialization

Tibetan History and Culture, Tibetan Oral Tradition

Buddhist Philosophy, Culture, Literature and History

Classical Indian Philosophy

Non-Violence

Buddhist Chaplaincy, Life Counselor

Areas of Competence

Eastern Philosophy

Ethics (Eastern and Western)

Tibetan Art, Literature and Culture

Classical Buddhist Philosophy and

Tantrayana Buddhist Philosophy

Nationality

Tibetan (naturalized U.S. citizen)

Presentations

2006 – present:  Twice-weekly teachings at the Tibetan Buddhist Practices group in Fayetteville, Arkansas, including introductory and advanced classes.  Also facilitated periodic retreats, special trainings, and empowerments related to Tibetan Buddhist practices.

1998 – 2006: Twice-weekly teachings at the Fairhope Tibetan Society in Fairhope, Alabama, including introductory and advanced classes.  Also facilitated periodic retreats, special trainings, and empowerments related to Tibetan Buddhist practices.

July 2003 – Lectured on “Perfection of Wisdom (Prajnaparamita), in Tibetan, Pharchin” to Dr. Bill Grant’s class at the Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama.

April 10 through 14, 2003 – Presented “Middle Way Philosophy (Madhyamaka), in Tibetan, Uma” at the Thupten Choling Dharma Center, in La Verkin, Utah, one of the Dharma Centers Geshe-La founded.

February 2002 and March 2003 – Taught “Buddhist Metaphysics (Abhidharma), in Tibetan, Zoe” at the Diamond Mountain Retreat Center, in Bowie AZ.

2001 – Presented lecture on “Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy and Culture” at Faulkner College in Fairhope and Bay Minette, AL.

May 5, 2001 – “Yoga and Meditation” workshop with Gail Goodwin at the Point Clear Yoga Center, Fairhope, Alabama.

February 2-3, 2001 – “Buddhist Perspectives on Dying” at Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama to Dr. Jim Frush’s class, Pastoral Care on Aging.

March 30-April 1, 2001 – “Tibetan Paths of Healing” at the Earth Star Tai Chi Center, in Greensboro, NC, which included the Medicine Buddha empowerment.

September 2000 – Traveled to Calgary Canada, established a Sangha and taught “Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy” to both Tibetans and Westerners at the University of Calgary.

November 1999- “Buddhist Psychology” presented at the University of West Florida, Department of Psychology at the invitation of Professor William L. Mikulas, Ph.D.

1999 – Taught “Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy” once a month at Palyul Changchub Choling, a Nyingma Center, in Gulf Breeze, Florida.

November 5, 1997 – “Buddhist Psychology of Death and Dying” presented to the University of South Alabama Nursing Class, HSC 524 taught by Jo Ann Erkums, MSN, RNC-FNP, Clinical Professor.

1994 – Graduated with the highest scholastic honor, the Geshe Lharampa Degree at Drepung Loseling University.  Taught “Perfection of Wisdom (Prajnaparamita), in Tibetan, Pharchin” at Gyuto Tantra University in North India.

Cultural Programs

Fall 2010, 2009, &2008, lectured on Tibetan Buddhism/Buddhist Philosophy, University of Northwest Community College, Rogers, AR

Fall 10/10/ 2010, presented “My Special Journey” at Russellville, AR

Fall 2010, offered spiritual guidance to death row prisoner, Don Wackerly

Fall 2010, Mystical Arts of Tibet – Constructed, presented, and lectured on a sacred sand mandala at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Fall 9/16/2010 lectured to Southern Utah Univ., Sersin and thupetan choling

Spring 2009, Spring 2008, & Fall 2006 – Constructed, presented, and lectured on a sacred sand mandala at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Spring 2009 & Spring 2008 – Constructed, presented, and lectured on a sacred sand mandala in conjunction with H.H. The Dalai Lama’s visit at the University of Northern Iowa (2010).

Fall 2007 – Constructed, presented, and lectured on a sacred sand mandala at the Jones Center for Families in Springdale, Arkansas.

Spring 2007 – Constructed, presented, and lectured on a sacred sand mandala in conjunction with the groundbreaking of a new facility for Heifer International in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Spring 2007 & Fall 2006 – Facilitated the Tibetan Film Series at the University of Arkansas.

1999 – Hosted the Drepung Loseling Sacred Music, Sacred Dance Tour at The

Fairhope Tibetan Society, Spring Hill College.

1999 – Hosted the Nuns from Kopan Monastery at The Fairhope Tibetan Society, Spring Hill College.

1997 – Hosted the Drepung Loseling Sacred Music, Sacred Dance Tour at The

Fairhope Tibetan Society, Spring Hill College and the University of West Florida.

1995 – Toured with monks for 13 months with the Drepung Loseling Sacred Music, Sacred Dance Tour throughout the USA, Mexico, South America, and New Zealand.

Honors and Awards

John A. White Award for Student-Faculty Collaboration,

University of Arkansas, 2010

Outstanding Faculty Award,

University of Arkansas, Alumni Association, and Associated Student Government, 2007

Honorary Citizen,

Fayetteville, Arkansas, 2006

Honorary Tulsan,

Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1995

Honorary Texan,

State of Texas, 1995

Honorary Citizen,

San Marcos, Texas, 1995

Fayetteville, Arkansas, 1995

World Friendship Award,

International Foundation, 1994

Courses Taught

Graduate

Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy, Springhill College, Mobile, Alabama 2004

Buddhist Ethics, Prescott College, Prescott, Arizona 2004

Courses Taught

Undergraduate

Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy and Culture, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 2006 -2010

Introduction to Buddhism, University of Arkansas, 2006-2010

Buddhist Philosophy, University of Arkansas, 2006-2010

Nonviolence: Ethics for the New Millennium, University of Arkansas, 2006-2010

Buddhist Philosophy of Arts & Sciences with Sand Mandala for Community Education, University of Arkansas, 2006-2010, and University of West Florida, 2004

Mindfulness and Mental Health: A Holistic Approach, University of Arkansas, 2008-2010

The Dalai Lama: Sacred Tradition and a Political Institution, University of Northern Iowa, Spring 2010

TEXT (Tibetans in Exile Today): Study abroad project in India

The TEXT project, an on-going project where select students and faculty travel to India every other year, has been selected for the John A. White Award for Student-Faculty Collaboration at the University of Arkansas.  http://textproject.wordpress.com/, Summer 2008 -2009

Indian Buddhist Philosophy, University of South Alabama, 2004-2006

Introduction to Ethics, University of South Alabama, 2005 and 2006

Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy and Culture, University of South Alabama, 2004-2000

Community Service

Started the Tutors for Tibetan Program, an international alliance where select      students of the University of Arkansas mentor children in Mundgod, South India

http://web.me.com/minyak/tft/Home.html

Founded the Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas https://artibet.com

In 2006 became an advisor for “Students for a Free Tibet,” an organization started

At the University of Arkansas and 2010 University of Northern law.

Supervised agricultural work at Drepung Loseling Monastery in India and for

several years taught Scriptures, Tibetan grammar, language and agriculture to the monks (1990-1995).

Helped organize and provide housing, food, and education of Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy and Culture to Minyak Khamtsen Monks who came to India from Tibet (1973 – present).

Counseled and gave spiritual guidance on “Overcoming Anger and Hatred” to prisoners in Atmore, AL (2006), Clio, AL (2005), and West Florida (2004).

After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, volunteered and made several trips with The Fairhope Tibetan Society to deliver food, water, and roofing materials to Vietnamese Temples in Irvington and Bayou la Batre, AL and Biloxi, MS.

Participated with Fairhope Tibetan Society at Earth Day

Fairs in Fairhope, AL almost every year from 1998-2006.

Founded and supervised a sponsor program for Tibetan monks and lay-people living in exile in India.

Presented Tibetan history and culture to middle and high school classes in Fairhope, Bay Minette, and Mobile, AL, as well as St. George, Utah, and Fayetteville, Arkansas.

On October 18, 2003 presented a talk on “Tibetan Buddhist Culture, Love and Compassion, and My Homeland, Tibet” at Ever’man Natural Food Store in Pensacola, FL.

In 2005 became an advisor for “Students for a Free Tibet,” an organization started at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL. Events included the showing of several movies about Tibet, a Tibetan cooking class, a jazz concert, and an 8 hour presentation on making a sacred sand mandala. All donations have been sent to Minyak Khangsten at Drepung Loseling Monastery, India.

References

Sidney Burris

Directo r, Fulbright College Honors Program

Department of English

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR 72701

John Coker (Chair) / Eric Loomis

Associate Professor(s)

Department of Philosophy

University of South Alabama

Mobile, AL  36688

Rev. Christopher J. Viscardi, S.J.

Chair of Division of Philosophy and Theology

Spring Hill College

4000 Dauphin Street

Mobile, AL  36608

Geshe Dakpa Topgyal

12 Parkwood

Charleston, SC 29403

H.H. Lobsang Nyima

Former Tsong Khapa Throne Holder

Drepung Loseling University

Tibetan Colony-581411

Mundgod, Karnataka, India

Ven. Geshe Thupten Dorjee, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas

Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences

Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas

https://artibet.com/

TEXT Project

www.textproject.wordpress.com

Tutors for Tibetan

http://web.me.com/minyak/tft/Home.html