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Most Venerable Khensur Rinpoche Jangchup Choeden

ABCP Vice President

Most Venerable Khensur Rinpoche Jangchup Choeden was born in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh in the mid sixties.

While in his early teens, he joined the prestigious Tibetan Buddhist Institute Gaden Shartse Norling Monastery at Karnataka, Southern India, and embarked on an extensive course of study incorporating all aspects of traditional Buddhist monastic education. He graduated top in his class in the academically demanding Lharam exam in 1997. In recognition to his academic success at the age of 32 he was awarded the esteemed title of Geshe Lharampa. He then joined Gyuto Tantric University to pursue esoteric Buddhist studies and was awarded the rare and prestigious monastic academic degree of Geshe Ngagrampa.

Khensur Rinpoche has studied under a great many eminent Tibetan masters, including H.E. Khensur Lobsang Choephel Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche (eminent former abbots of Gaden Shartse Monastery). In addition he received a great many teachings and guidance directly from H.H. the Dalai Lama, and H.E. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.

Khensur Rinpoche has taught Dharma in Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macao, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and the U.S.A.

Apart from Tibetan, he speaks fluent Hindi, English and Mandarin.

For many years he served as chief-interpreter and personal secretary to his beloved mentor H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche. In 2009, His Holiness the Dalai Lama appointed him the Abbot (Khen Rinpoche) of his alma mater, Gaden Shartse Norling Monastery, which he led for more than seven years. While as the Abbot of Gaden Shartse, he served as Chairman of the Geden Jang Gun Choe organizing committee and the Geluk Monastic disciplinary committee of the Abbots.

He was instrumental in including modern science in monastic curriculum and convened dialogues on Vinaya among various Buddhist groups. In 2016, he became the Executive Director of Geluk International Foundation, based in Gaden Monastery, Mundgod, India, and was also elected the Deputy General Secretary of International Buddhist Confederation based in New Delhi, India.

In 2019 he was elected as the Vice President of the Asian Buddhist Conference for Peace based in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

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CV of Most Venerable Dr. Thich Duc Thien

ABCP Vice President

Most Venerable Dr. Thich Duc Thien (his name and family name: Nguyen Tien Thien, DoB: 1966), Vice President - Secretary General of Executive Council of National Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (NVBS); Vice Chairman of Vietnam-India Friendship Association; Head of the Department of International Buddhist Affairs of NVBS; Vice Rector of Vietnam Buddhist University in Hanoi; Senior Lecturer of Vietnam National University, Hanoi (Tran Nhan Tong Academic Institute) and in 2019 he was elected the Vice President of ABCP at its 11th General Assembly held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

He is the Abbot of the Phat Tich Pagoda, the Special National Heritage and Treasure in Bac Ninh Province; as the Abbot of Truc Lam Ban Gioc Pagoda, Cao Bang Province he is dedicated and committed to developing Buddhism in the mountainous areas North-West Provinces of Vietnam and as the Abbot of Linh Quang Pagoda in Dien Bien Province and Hoang Phuc Pagoda in Quang Binh Province.

He has spent years contributing to establishing the Vietnamese Buddhist Associations in Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Hungary, Bulgaria, Japan and South Korea to propagate Vietnamese Buddhist culture and to preserve Vietnamese traditional culture among overseas Vietnamese communities.

Most Ven. Dr. Thich Duc Thien first did his BA in Economics from the National Economic University, Hanoi in 1988, after which he became a monk and graduated from the Vietnam Buddhist University in Hanoi. He also spent times to study Chinese Buddhist philosophy in Fo Kuang Shan Buddhist Monastery, Taiwan and was doing research in cultural anthropology in Palo Alto, California, USA. In 2005, he finished Ph.D in Buddhist Studies in Delhi University, India.

Most Ven. Dr. Thich Duc Thien has close relationship with the state and government leaders of Vietnam in bringing religious believers into closer coexistence with the State of Vietnam. He is able to see clearly the value of Vietnam’s commitment to religious freedom as well as Buddhism’s own value on humanity, and bringing these joint values together.

He is an active person in the Interfaith Dialogue Conferences. He has worked to organize the United Nations Day of Vesak in Vietnam in 2008 and was key in organizing the 11th United Nations Day of Vesak in Vietnam in 2014 at Bai Dinh Temple, Ninh Binh Province, which worked to express Buddhism’s perspective towards the UN Millennium Development Goals.

In 2019, was appointed the Secretary General of the International Organizing Committee for the United Nations Day of Vesak (ICDV) to commemorate the 16th United Nations Day of Vesak in Ha Nam Province, Vietnam from 12-14 May 2019, and an international conference under the theme: Buddhist Approach to Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Sustainable Societies.

He is the author of many books on Buddhist studies and history. In 2017 he was awarded the 3rd Class Labor Medal of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and the Great National Solidarity Award in 2012. In 2014, he was been awarded the Grand Officer Medal (Mahasena) by the King of Cambodia and in 2018, became the recipient of the Padma Shri Medal of India.

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Most Venerable Damba Badmaevich Ayusheev

ABCP Vice President

The 14th Pandito Khambo Lama Damba Badmaevich Ayusheev, Head of Buddhist Traditional Sangkha of Russia. He was born on September 1, 1962, at Bursomon, Krasnochikoysky District, Chita Oblast, Russian Federation.

Damba Ayusheev graduated from the Petrovsk-Zabaykalsky Pedagogical College in 1980, then he worked as a teacher at the Kukursk secondary school in Agin-Buryat Autonomous Region.

At the initiative of Aginsky Datsan, Pandito Khambo Lama Damba Badmaevich Ayusheev studied at the Zanabazar Buddhist University in Ulaanbaatar from 1983 to 1988, specializing in Tibetan Medicine. As designated by the Central Spiritual Administration of Buddhists, he served as a curator of the USSR Soviet students studying at Buddhist University for one year, and later served as the Amchi Lama at Ivolginsky Datsan in Buryatia.

In 1991, he was appointed the Shireet Lama (Abbot) at Baldan Breybun Datsan in the settlement of Murochi, Kyakhtinsky district, the first Datsan that was built during the period of revival of Buddhism among the ethnic Buryats in Russia. Under his leadership, within two years, the new Tsogchen Dugan was rebuilt on the site of the monastery that was demolished in the 1930s.

On 25 April 1995, Damba Ayusheev was elected on alternative basis as the 14th Khambo Lama, the Chairman of the Central Spiritual Administration of Buddhists of Russian Federation, which was later renamed to Buddhist Traditional Sangha of Russia.

During Damba Ayusheev’s tenure in this post, the Datsan was re-built at Verkhnyaya Berezovka (Ulan-Ude) as the second residence of the Khambo Lama and two Buddhist Institutes (Ivolginsky and Aginsky Datsans) were opened where Buryat, Mongolian and Tibetan teachers work, and additional datsans and dugans were opened on the territory of ethnic Buryatia.

Buddhism is recognized as one of the four traditional confessions in the Russian Federation.

Since 2 August 1995, Damba Ayusheev has been a member of the Council for Cooperation with Religious Associations under the Russian President. On 23 December 1998, he became a member of the Presidium of Interreligious Council of Russia. Since March 3 of 2004, he has been a member of the Presidium of the Interreligious Council of CIS - Community of Independent Countries.

On 4 June 2011, by a Decree of the President of Mongolia, Damba Ayusheev was awarded the Order of the Polar Star in recognition of his contribution to strengthening Russian-Mongolian relations. Polar Star is the highest state award of Mongolia conferred on foreign citizens.

On 17 June 2011, Damba Ayusheev was awarded the medal of Kemerovo region “For Faith and Kindness” at the Ivolginsky Datsan and on 11 February 2013, Damba Ayusheev was awarded the Order of Friendship by the Decree of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin.

Damba Ayusheev was elected as the Vice President of the Asian Buddhist Conference for Peace at the 11th ABCP General Assembly held in Ulaanbaatar in June 2019.