Thupten Tendar is a Level II Kingian Nonviolence trainer. Born of Tibetan parents, he joined Drepung Loseling Monastery in South India at age 12, where he studied for over 18 years, earning the respected doctoral level Geshe degree in Buddhist Philosophy. Thupten works as a graduate administrative assistant at the Center. He recently received his Masters of Arts in Education. He teaches a course, “Tibetan Buddhism–Journey to Nirvana” for the URI Honors Program and is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. Program in Adult Education.
Thupten believes in the power of a flourishing smile, and has dedicated his life to promoting compassion for individual and universal peace. The Center has recently published Thupten’s first book of poetry, Peace – Rhythm of My Heart.