Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Below are the answers to some of the questions that are often posed to Tsewang Gyurmey.

Can you tell me about your ordination?

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?

His Holiness entering the venue in Vancouver to bestow the Akshobya empowerment, as Tsewang Gyurmey and others stand and bow

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.

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?

Not really. 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’m happy to provide book recommendations. Email me.

I’ve been a Dharma practitioner for about two decades now. I won’t be your teacher, but I might be a good Dharma friend.

Where do you practice?

In the shrine room of my home here in Calgary, Alberta Canada.

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 the Buddhadharma.

What about social media?

I recently decided to deactivate my Facebook and Twitter accounts. I eventually found those environments to be too negative. However, I am on WeChat, because that’s the app that’s used by my monastery. To add me to your contacts on WeChat, click on the QR code image to the right and it’ll open in full size for you to scan.

I do still use instagram, as I always enjoy pictures of Bhutan, Mongolia and many other far away places I simply won’t be able to visit in this lifetime.