Sharing encouraging ideas….

About: Ven.Jampa


“Reflections From a Friend”
is a site where a variety of positive and helpful ideas are offered and exchanged…
…some from Ven. Jampa…
… many ideas from others too…
it’s an exchange of encouraging ideas and perspectives
….among all who pause here….
everyone is  welcome and interchange is encouraged…
please feel welcome


Notes about Ven. Jampa,  added by  Kathy:

Venerable Jampa Choephal is a 38 year old  Buddhist Monk in the Tibetan Gelupa Tradition. He grew up in  the area of Christchurch, New Zealand.

He is a  very kind, enthusiastic, understanding, cheerful person.  Ven. Jampa is  easy to talk to and carries a smile in his heart, as well as on his face. Ven. Jampa is not a “teacher,”  but people do learn a lot from him.

Ven.Jampa’s  teachers are  Khenshur Kangur Rinpoche, who was at Sera Jhe Monastery, in India and at the Tibetan Buddhist Institute in Adelaide, Australia (monthly newsletter) and HH Dalai Lama, who of course, needs no introduction or explanation.

Ven. Jampa took his Novice Monk’s vows from Khenshur Kangur Rinpoche in 2001.  He took his full ordination in 2004 from His Holiness Dalai Lama.

He studied at Sera Jhe Monastic University in India from 2003 to the end of 2009.

He now lives in the monastic community at Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery, which is associated with Atisha Center, in Bendigo, near Melbourne Australia.

Ven. Jampa has visited the San Francisco area in America  three times, in the past three years.

While visiting  mutual friends in  America,Ven. Jampa  also developed a friendship with  Kathy, the recipient of these bits of encouragement and advice. This friendship has continued over a period of several years. Jampa is also good friends with Kathy’s husband,  daughter and their beloved golden retriever Denali, who died in June,2013.

Ven. Jampa usually isn’t able to access this blog/website due to his limited internet access; this site has so many photos that it’s too slow to load and uses too much data.

Note from Kathy: Ven. Jampa doesn’t know I’m adding this picture of him: I found it online…so sorry, Jampa, but a photo is nice to have here…

And another photo of  Ven. Jampa and some other monks at the HHDalaiLama teaching in Melbourne in June, 2011 (Ven.Jampa is just to the left of the monk on the right who is bending to the side)

5 responses

  1. Beautiful to see who Jampa is. He is definitely a special soul.

    April 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    • Your hubby looks peaceful and cheerful too. Those smiles are the smiles that comes from a place of peace. Enjoyed the photos! I have been to SF three times, love the State and colorful houses.

      April 20, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      • Both Jampa and Peter (Kathy’s husband) are remarkably kind and happy people.

        May 22, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    • yes, he radiates happiness and joy…

      May 22, 2012 at 10:36 pm

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