About Demo Rinpoche

Demo Rinpoche entered Drepung Loseling Monastery in Mundgod at the age of five and officially joined the monastery in 1987, where he spent nearly thirty years of uninterrupted education in meditation, debate, memorization, philosophy, and composition under the Dalai Lama’s direct supervision. After completing his studies at Drepung, Rinpoche received the highest monastic degree of Geshe Lharampa from Gelugpa University in India in 2011. He continued his studies at Gyume Tantric College and was a visiting scholar under the auspices of the Dalai Lama at Sarah College of Higher Tibetan Studies in Dharamsala. At the request of Gelek Rimpoche, Demo Rinpoche came to the United States, where he received his Master’s Degree in Inter-Religious Engagement from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 2018. Currently based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he serves as the Resident Spiritual Director at Jewel Heart.


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PRAYERS FOR PEACE with DEMO RINPOCHE – In the video below, Demo Rinpoche introduces Prayers for Peace in response to the ongoing war in Ukraine, which is inflicting unspeakable suffering on millions of people, noting that because of increased interconnection of people in many countries the whole world is affected.

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  • How to Be Happy, Demo Rinpoche Interviewed by Roberta Opora, University of Rhode Island, Center for NonViolence and Peace Studies – March 14, 2021