Geshe Kelsang Wangmo was the first - and currently only - woman to be awarded a Geshe title (only for monastics, it is equivalent to a PhD in Buddhist philosophy).
She was born in Germany and began travelling during her gap year between high school and University. Visiting Dharamsala, she quickly developed an interest in Buddhism and a short time later took ordination as a nun. After about two years of study, practice and retreat, she decided to study Tibetan and enrolled in the traditional Geshe curriculum of the Great Canonical Texts study program at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics (IBD) in Dharamsala, a course 16 years in duration. After successfully completing this program, in 2011 she became the first woman to be awarded the title, Geshe.
Geshe Kelsang Wangmo has taught Buddhist philosophy classes in English to Westerners living in Dharamsala. She has also acted as Tibetan translator for senior Lamas such as Denma Lochoe Rinpoche and Dagri Rinpoche in the last few years.
Geshe Wangmo teachings will consist of a weekend full of teachings on:
1. The Four Noble Truths and integrating Dharma into everyday life
2. Lamrim teachings of the Small Scope: From how to extract the essence of this human rebirth to nine part meditation on death
3. Karma and the ten non-virtues