Below are the answers to some of the questions that are often posed to Tsewang Gyurmey.
Can you tell me about your ordination?
Well, not really. I can tell you I was ordained as a Getsul or Sramanera (novice Buddhist monk) by the Very Venerable Ninth Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche on June 13, 2016 at Thrangu Monastery Canada. Dorje Loppon Dungse Lama Pema and many of the resident monks of the monastery attended the ordination ceremony. These ordination ceremonies are usually held for a minimum of three aspirants, but in my case I was fortunate enough to be ordained in a private ceremony as the only aspirant.
What sect do you belong to?
I belong to the Karma Kagyu. The head of my sect is His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje.
The Karma Kagyu sect is over 900 years old and His Holiness returns lifetime after lifetime taking rebirth to benefit sentient beings. The Karmapa is the only Tulku (to my knowledge) who predicts the exact circumstances surrounding His next rebirth, leaving a note for His heart sons to facilitate the search for Him after He's taken rebirth. Click here to watch a movie on YouTube documenting the search for His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje.
I've been considering looking into Buddhism. Can I ask you some questions?
Sure you can. Send me an email or get yourself onto my Facebook or twitter pages (links at bottom of the page) and I can do my best to help you get pointed in the right direction.
Why did you become a monk?
It was a life-long dream, actually. Since early childhood I'd wanted to become a Buddhist monk and after my marriage ended I had run out of reasons to avoid it any longer. That's the very short version, anyway.
Do you teach Dharma and/or meditation?
Sort of. I can teach you some very basic things to get you started in a personal meditation routine. There are more qualified teachers than I, however. Perhaps I can better help you by recommending one of them if I have some sense of what your goals are.
I will not discuss any advanced meditation topics or any of the secret aspects of the Vajrayana, nor will I provide any instruction in any Vajrayana methods or practices. I will teach you how to begin a daily shamatha meditation practice and some very basic dharma. That'll be more than enough for you to chew on for a long time. You'll see!
Once you've gotten started, if you'd like to, you are welcome to come and practice meditation with me once in awhile and perhaps even to discuss how you're integrating dharma into your daily life.
I've been a student and practitioner for nearly twenty years, and a monk for just over a year.
Where do you practice?
In the shrine room of my apartment in the Thorncliffe neighbourhood in central N.W. Calgary. Please get in touch with me to schedule an appointment if you'd like to visit.
If you are thinking of inviting me to teach in your yoga studio or to a small group of like-minded folks, I may say yes. However, I can recommend far more qualified teachers who may be willing to travel to your location to give some teachings.
Do you go out for coffee and stuff?
Well, yes. Yes I do go out to drink coffee, tea or to eat the odd meal, just not very often. And, I am open to meeting for coffee or stuff if invited to do so. But you should be forewarned that I will talk about Buddhist stuff.