Biography

The Venerable Losang Samten, a renowned Tibetan scholar and a former Buddhist monk, was born in Chung Ribuce, of central Tibet. In 1959, he and his family fled to Nepal and later moved to Dharamsala, India. His education includes studies at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts and the Namgyal Monastery which is the monastery of the 14th Dalai Lama. In 1985, he earned a Master's Degree in Buddhist Philosophy, Sutra, and Tantra, from the Namgyal Monastery, which is equivalent to a Ph.D. In 1994, Losang received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He was granted an Honorary Doctorate of Art from the Maine College of Art in 1995. He taught Tibetan Language at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia from 1994 – 1997 and was awarded the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2002. In 2004, he was awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.

In 1988, Samten came to the US as instructed by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, to demonstrate the meditative art of sand painting. This was the first time a Tibetan mandala was shown in the west. Since then, he has created sand mandalas at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, Chicago Field Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology of University of Pennsylvania, Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Harvard University, Columbia University, New York University, Trinity College of Hartford, Connecticut, among numerous others (see list below). He has served as the religious technical advisor and sand mandala supervisor as well as actor for Martin Scorsese's film Kundun.

Losang Samten is spiritual director of the Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia, Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Middletown, Connecticut, Chenrezig Himalayan Cultural Center of El Paso, Texas, and a frequent visitor and teacher in Lake Tahoe and Chico, CA, as well as in Canada. He travels extensively, sharing his knowledge of Buddhist philosophy and meditation, as well as his skill in Tibetan ritual arts.

Museums
Albuquerque Museum of Art
American Museum of Natural History, New York City
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
Chicago Field Museum
Helena Art Museum, Montana
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe
Nevada Museum of Art, Reno
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Phillips Museum at Franklin, Pennsylvania
Santa Barbara Art Museum
Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC

Universities
Butte College, Chico
Colby College, Maine
Columbia University
Georgetown University
Harvard University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
New York University
Rhode Island School of Design
Smith College, Massachusetts
State University of Louisiana at Shreveport
Temple University
Trinity College of Hartford, Connecticut
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Chico, California
University of Columbus, Ohio
University of Delaware, Pennsylvania
University of El Paso, Texas
University of Nevada, Reno
University of Pennsylvania
University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
University of Arizona, Tucson


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