Gendun Choephel

Gendun Choephel Gendun Choephel was born 1903 in a small village in eastern Tibet, near the silk road, at the Chinese border, in a remote region populated by nomads. This region was inhabited by Muslims, Chinese, and Tibetans who were constantly fighting each other. The villages were often attacked and looted by warlords. In this explosive and mixed cultural climate Gendun Choephel started to be interested in his Tibetan identity early on. He received a traditional education as a monk in the most important monastery of the region, where he developed a friendship with an American missionary that the other monks and his family resented. In 1927 he left the monastery and moved to Lhasa with a caravan of merchants.

Gendun Choephel on TibetWrites

Poems [4]

  • Rebkong My feet are wandering neath the alien star, / My native land, – the road is far and long. 26 December 2007
  • Oh Where? A city there is which lone does stand / In ruins mid bamboo trees 26 December 2007
  • Manasarovar In the times now long forgotten / In the night of other ages, / When things were not as they now are 26 December 2007
  • Milarepa’s Reply The earth and sky held counsel one night, / And called their messengers from northern height. 26 December 2007


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