The Venerable Losang Samten
The Venerable Losang Samten was born in 1953 in Ribuce Chang, Tibet. He escaped with his father, mother, and sister in 1959 to Dharamsala, India, seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile and residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Growing up in Dharamsala, Losang first attended the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, but later decided to enter Namgyal Monastery. In 1985 Losang received his Master of Buddhist Sutra and Tantra degree, and later became the monastery’s Ritual Dance Master. He has also had the honor and joy of serving His Holiness as his personal attendant.
Losang came to the United States to demonstrate the meditative art of sand painting in 1988. In 1989 he founded the Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia. Dedicated to the dharma, he continues to travel extensively, sharing his vast knowledge of Buddhist philosophy and meditation, and his skill in the Tibetan ritual arts.