Founding Teacher Our History

Geshe Ngawang Kaldan Geshe Ngawang Kaldan was born in the Kham province of southeastern Tibet.  He studied for 15 years in the Monastic university of Drepung near Lhasa, Tibet, & received his Geshe Lharampa Degree, from H.H. the Dalai Lama.  Geshe  Kaldan escaped Tibet after the Chinese occupation in 1959 & emigrated to Canada in 1974 under the sponsorship of 4 Canadian families.

While in Edmonton he taught meditation & Tibetan language at Grant MacEwan College.   In the late 1980's, Geshe Kaldan moved to Toronto, Ont., where he spent several years teaching Tibetan & Buddhism at the University of Toronto. 

In 1992 Geshe Kaldan moved back to Edmonton.  He was The Resident Teacher of Gaden Samten Ling Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre for eight years, & taught 2 meditation sessions per week, as well as holding personal appointments with students.  Geshe Kaldan gave teachings & retreats throughout the year on the Four Foundation Practices, Medicine Buddha, White Tara, Chenrezig & Vajrasattva.

Geshe Kaldan was very loved and respected by his many students. Geshe Kaldan passed away on February 23, 1998.  He is very much missed.

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