Name: Ngawang Choseng
Interview Age: 73
Date of Birth: 1934
Birthplace: Gerdha - Lhatse, Utsang, Tibet
Year Left Tibet: 1962
Political Prisoner: No
Interview No.: 91
Location: Lugsung Samdupling Settlement, Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India
Categories: Buddhist Traditions
Keywords: childhood memories, Bylakuppe -- early life in , escape experiences, Chinese -- first appearance of, refugee in India -- life as, Chinese rule -- life under, monastic life, thamzing/struggle sessions, Utsang, monasteries -- relationship with
Ngawang Choseng was born in the village of Gerdha in Utsang province. His family was a tenant of the Lhatse Chodhe Monastery and, as a form of tax, they sent Ngawang Choseng to the monastery to become a monk when he was 7 years old. His father was Chipon, the keeper of the horses of the monastery.
At the monastery Ngawang Choseng learned the Tibetan language and basic Buddhist scriptures. When he reached 13 years of age, he started studying Buddhist philosophical debates, which became the main focus of his education. At the age of 28, he went to Lhasa and enrolled in Sera Monastery.
After the Chinese invasion, he witnessed the arrest and public beatings of many monks. Ngawang Choseng returned to his village after Lhasa was attacked in 1959. Ngawang Choseng made his escape to India in 1962 with three other monks. Initially, Ngawang Choseng worked on road construction and later settled in Bylakuppe where he joined 300 other monks who labored to build Sera Monastery in Bylakuppe.
- Martin Newman (Interviewer)
- Lhakpa Tsering (Interpreter)
- Jeff Lodas (Videographer)
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Topic: Interview with Ngawang Choseng on 7/7/2007