In late March 2011, Geshe Lharampa Rabten Tulku Rinpoche, Drepung Gomang Monastery, India, visited St Petersburg. He gave two lectures on Buddhist philosophy at the St Petersburg Buddhist Temple, interpreted by B.L. Mitruev, IOM RAS, and, on March 29, 2011, visited St Petersburg State University, the Faculty of Oriental Studies, and the Tibetan library of the IOM RAS.
Geshe Lharampa Rabten Tulku Rinpoche was born on October, 26, 1966, in Lathang, Tibet, and was ordained as a getsul, novice monk, in Gonche Monastery where he studied Tibetan Grammar and foundations of Buddhist philosophy. In 1985, he moved to India to get highest Buddhist education. He was admitted to Drepung Gomang Monastery. In 1986, the 14th Dalai Lama proclamed him the tulku of Geshe Rabten, an important Buddhist scholar, philosopher and teacher who had many disciples. That same year, he took full monk ordination as a gelong. In 2006, after 20-year course of studies of Buddhist philosophy, he successfully passed the exams and got the degree of Geshe Lharampa. He passed also the course of tantric training as a rdo rje slob dpon in Gyume Monastery.
Rabten Tulku Rinpoche at St Petersburg State University, the Faculty of Oriental Studies, the Department of Mongolian and Tibetan Studies