Encouraged by his parents and grandparents to view the purpose of life as helping others Jamyang became a Tibetan Buddhist monk at the age of 13, and was at that time given the name Tharchin Gyaltsen.
For the greater part of his monastic life Jamyang studied Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy at Sera Jey monastery in South India. His friends and personal teachers, which include some eminent lamas from Sera, Ganden, and Drepung monasteries have offered their full support to Jamyang and his work with Tong-Len, many are representatives on the board of members, and act in an advisory capacity to the organisation.
For the past 4 years, Jamyang has lived in McLeod Ganj near Dharamsala, receiving teachings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Jamyang or Guru-ji, as he is affectionately known, feels it is his responsibility to help people who are suffering.
'Wherever I live in the world I want to share my happiness and relieve the suffering of others. Through the wisdom of His Holiness, and my other spiritual teachers I have come to understand that love and compassion are at the heart of all the buddhist teachings.
When I came to Dharamsala, I found that like in most of India, there were very many people suffering. I started out doing what little I could on my own, but soon realised that I could help more effectively when working with others.
I have worked with various groups and like-minded people in Dharamsala, and continue to do so. However, there are still many people suffering who receive little or no support from existing charities and organisations, such as the very poor and homeless. These are the people that Tong-Len aims to help.'
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