A Langri Tangpa Centre monk or nun (ordained Sangha) is a member of Langri Tangpa Centre who offers service to the centre on an ongoing basis no matter where he or she resides.
Buddhism is still relatively young in the west, with a fledgling infrastructure of centres and support. Although western Sangha must be able to financially support themselves, as Buddhists we can honour our refuge commitments by making offerings to the Sangha at whatever level is appropriate to our means.
Sangha from all traditions are always welcome to attend teachings, meditations, pujas and any other event held at Langri Tangpa Centre.
The LTC Sangha Fund seeks to help support our wonderful nuns to cover the transport and accommodation costs of retreats, purchase Dharma books, get their car serviced, or help meet unexpected medical bills. You can donate securely to the LTC Sangha Fund on our Causes and Projects page.
Ven. Lhagsam is a registered FPMT teacher and a graduate of the Basic Program. She has 20 years experience in palliative care, and has been a Buddhist nun since 2000. She brings the insight and experience of both the wisdom of the Buddha and the modern medical field. She has helped many people (and her cat) through protracted illness and death, and conducts funerals for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.
Ven. Trin-la began her Buddhist studies at Langri Tangpa Centre in 2001 and was ordained as a nun in 2008. She has visited many Buddhist Centres throughout the world and has attended teachings by the Dalai Lama in Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland and India. For the last ten years she has worked in the palliative care sector, helping people to live and die well. She is currently the Centre Manager and one of the meditation class leaders at Langri Tangpa Centre.
Ven. Tseten is keenly interested in how Buddhism is evolving & adapting to western culture, particularly as she facilitates the presence of the Dharma in the classroom for the new generation of western Buddhists. She leads guided meditations, and contributes in running the Mindful Families activities.
Ven. Gyaltsen was ordained in 2017, an has been associated with LTC since 2007. She beautifully looks after and cleans the LTC altars. She says “I enjoy this practice of mindfulness and find it very rewarding.” She is trained in Community Services and Child Protection, but found her vocation working in Aged Care. Ven. Gyaltsen has two grown daughters and enjoys practicing generosity whenever she can.
Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of a western monk or nun is like? You might imagine a life of quiet contemplation, or perhaps study and retreat, but it can often be the exact opposite – a whirlwind of visits to the sick, email questions, hours of travelling, battles with technology, and family duties.
Langri Tangpa Centre has a wonderful track record of students becoming ordained, and in 2019 we had four new monks and nuns! To celebrate International Sangha Day (held on First Wheel-Turning Day) we hosted an online forum on everything you ever wanted to know about our LTC Sangha but never got a chance to ask!
The LTC Spiritual Program Co-ordinator, Miffi Maxmillion, posed questions such as: What’s a surprising thing we may not know about ordination? What’s the most challenging aspect of being ordained in the west? What did you have to do to create the merit to be able to ordain? Do you still go to work – what kind of job do you have? And what’s the best bit about a life as a renunciate?
Eddie has been teaching at Langri Tangpa Centre since 1997. Not shy of life's dirty reality, several tragic life experiences brought Eddie to Buddhism. He first met the Dharma when he attended meditation classes with Ven. Pende Hawter, the founder of Karuna Hospice Service. Eddie is a registered western teacher within the FPMT, and has attended advanced study programs in Buddhist Philosophy and practice. He has read almost every book in our library. Just ask him about the topic you are interested in, and he can point you the right direction!
Miffi runs the spiritual program, and is an FPMT registered western teacher. She left behind a thriving haute couture and costume business in Melbourne, when her mother Inta (who ran LTC) became sick with cancer in 1997. Packing her bags for two weeks, she is still here 19 years later! Miffi was brought up a Buddhist and had the great good fortune to play with Lama Yeshe as a child, and his hook of compassion sustained her through the many rebellious stages of growing up. She readily admits to watching far too much TV and is an avid New Yorker magazine reader.