Geshe Sonam

After doing his primary education, Geshe Ngawang Sonam joined Sera Monastic University in 1995 to devote his life to intensive study and practice of Buddhism.  In 2008, he was selected by the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to become one of the English translators for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Since then, he has accompanied His Holiness to various places in India and to around nine countries around the world. Following his more than twenty years of intensive monastic studies on the five major treatises of Buddhism, and upon clearing all the six successive years of examination, in Jan 2019, he was formally conferred the highest degree of Geshe Lharampa [Traditional degree equivalent to PhD in Buddhism] by Gelugpa Monastic Seat of Learning [Gelugpa Monastic University]. In Nov. 2016, His Holiness the Dalai Lama called him to work in His Office, and presently he works there as a translator and a Buddhist scholar.  Geshe Ngawang Sonam’s first book ‘In the Footsteps of Sidhartha’ was published in 2010. His translation of Shantideva’s work Bodhisattvacharyaavatara is going to print very soon. Alongside his office work, he also finds time to teach and attend conferences with modern scholars and scientists as a speaker.

Events with Geshe Sonam

Valid Cognition Course with Geshe Sonam
March 4, 2021

Winter Pramana Study Valid Cognition Course with Geshe Sonam Thursdays Mornings for One Hour 8am San Francisco / 11am New York / 4pm London What is Valid Cognition? What are reliable Ways of Knowing? Study Buddhist logic and epistemology to understand how mind knows, (in Sanskrit, Pramana or in Tibetan, tshad ma) and identify how wrong knowledge causes cyclic suffering. This is the study of a classic text on Valid Cognition, the Pramanavaritika, translated into English by Geshe Sonam. Register Once, Attend Any/All Classes DONATIONS WELCOME ~ NO ONE TURNED AWAY DUE TO LACK OF FUNDS

Valid Cognition Course with Geshe Sonam
March 11, 2021

Winter Pramana Study Valid Cognition Course with Geshe Sonam Thursdays Mornings for One Hour 8am San Francisco / 11am New York / 4pm London What is Valid Cognition? What are reliable Ways of Knowing? Study Buddhist logic and epistemology to understand how mind knows, (in Sanskrit, Pramana or in Tibetan, tshad ma) and identify how wrong knowledge causes cyclic suffering. This is the study of a classic text on Valid Cognition, the Pramanavaritika, translated into English by Geshe Sonam. Register Once, Attend Any/All Classes DONATIONS WELCOME ~ NO ONE TURNED AWAY DUE TO LACK OF FUNDS

Valid Cognition Course with Geshe Sonam
March 18, 2021

Winter Pramana Study Valid Cognition Course with Geshe Sonam Thursdays Mornings for One Hour 8am San Francisco / 11am New York / 4pm London What is Valid Cognition? What are reliable Ways of Knowing? Study Buddhist logic and epistemology to understand how mind knows, (in Sanskrit, Pramana or in Tibetan, tshad ma) and identify how wrong knowledge causes cyclic suffering. This is the study of a classic text on Valid Cognition, the Pramanavaritika, translated into English by Geshe Sonam. Register Once, Attend Any/All Classes DONATIONS WELCOME ~ NO ONE TURNED AWAY DUE TO LACK OF FUNDS

Valid Cognition Course with Geshe Sonam
March 25, 2021

Winter Pramana Study Valid Cognition Course with Geshe Sonam Thursdays Mornings for One Hour 8am San Francisco / 11am New York / 4pm London What is Valid Cognition? What are reliable Ways of Knowing? Study Buddhist logic and epistemology to understand how mind knows, (in Sanskrit, Pramana or in Tibetan, tshad ma) and identify how wrong knowledge causes cyclic suffering. This is the study of a classic text on Valid Cognition, the Pramanavaritika, translated into English by Geshe Sonam. Register Once, Attend Any/All Classes DONATIONS WELCOME ~ NO ONE TURNED AWAY DUE TO LACK OF FUNDS

Valid Cognition Course with Geshe Sonam
April 1, 2021

Winter Pramana Study Valid Cognition Course with Geshe Sonam Thursdays Mornings for One Hour 8am San Francisco / 11am New York / 4pm London What is Valid Cognition? What are reliable Ways of Knowing? Study Buddhist logic and epistemology to understand how mind knows, (in Sanskrit, Pramana or in Tibetan, tshad ma) and identify how wrong knowledge causes cyclic suffering. This is the study of a classic text on Valid Cognition, the Pramanavaritika, translated into English by Geshe Sonam. Register Once, Attend Any/All Classes DONATIONS WELCOME ~ NO ONE TURNED AWAY DUE TO LACK OF FUNDS

Valid Cognition Course with Geshe Sonam
April 8, 2021

Winter Pramana Study Valid Cognition Course with Geshe Sonam Thursdays Mornings for One Hour 8am San Francisco / 11am New York / 4pm London What is Valid Cognition? What are reliable Ways of Knowing? Study Buddhist logic and epistemology to understand how mind knows, (in Sanskrit, Pramana or in Tibetan, tshad ma) and identify how wrong knowledge causes cyclic suffering. This is the study of a classic text on Valid Cognition, the Pramanavaritika, translated into English by Geshe Sonam. Register Once, Attend Any/All Classes DONATIONS WELCOME ~ NO ONE TURNED AWAY DUE TO LACK OF FUNDS

Valid Cognition Course with Geshe Sonam
April 15, 2021

Winter Pramana Study Valid Cognition Course with Geshe Sonam Thursdays Mornings for One Hour 8am San Francisco / 11am New York / 4pm London What is Valid Cognition? What are reliable Ways of Knowing? Study Buddhist logic and epistemology to understand how mind knows, (in Sanskrit, Pramana or in Tibetan, tshad ma) and identify how wrong knowledge causes cyclic suffering. This is the study of a classic text on Valid Cognition, the Pramanavaritika, translated into English by Geshe Sonam. Register Once, Attend Any/All Classes DONATIONS WELCOME ~ NO ONE TURNED AWAY DUE TO LACK OF FUNDS

Valid Cognition Course with Geshe Sonam
April 22, 2021

Winter Pramana Study Valid Cognition Course with Geshe Sonam Thursdays Mornings for One Hour 8am San Francisco / 11am New York / 4pm London What is Valid Cognition? What are reliable Ways of Knowing? Study Buddhist logic and epistemology to understand how mind knows, (in Sanskrit, Pramana or in Tibetan, tshad ma) and identify how wrong knowledge causes cyclic suffering. This is the study of a classic text on Valid Cognition, the Pramanavaritika, translated into English by Geshe Sonam. Register Once, Attend Any/All Classes DONATIONS WELCOME ~ NO ONE TURNED AWAY DUE TO LACK OF FUNDS

Valid Cognition Course with Geshe Sonam
April 29, 2021

Winter Pramana Study Valid Cognition Course with Geshe Sonam Thursdays Mornings for One Hour 8am San Francisco / 11am New York / 4pm London What is Valid Cognition? What are reliable Ways of Knowing? Study Buddhist logic and epistemology to understand how mind knows, (in Sanskrit, Pramana or in Tibetan, tshad ma) and identify how wrong knowledge causes cyclic suffering. This is the study of a classic text on Valid Cognition, the Pramanavaritika, translated into English by Geshe Sonam. Register Once, Attend Any/All Classes DONATIONS WELCOME ~ NO ONE TURNED AWAY DUE TO LACK OF FUNDS