Sera Jey Geshe Ngawang Tenley was born in Kham in eastern Tibet in 1969. He was ordained in 1990 and that year, following the advice of his teachers, he began the geshe study program at Sera Jey Monastic University. In November 2008, after eighteen years of rigorous studies, he was conferred the geshe degree.
During that time, Sera Jey Lharam Geshe Tsultrim Chöpel (Geshe Tsulga) was the Resident Teacher at Kurukulla Center. Geshe Tsulga was not only Sera Jey Geshe Tenley’s uncle, but also his teacher and closest mentor. It was under Geshe Tsulga’s guidance that Geshe Tenley began teaching at Kurukulla Center in 2005. In 2010, following Geshe Tsulga’s passing, Geshe Tenley was appointed Resident Teacher by the Kurukulla Center Board of Directors, following the advice of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Spiritual Director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT).
During Sera Jey Geshe Tenley’s tenure, Kurukulla Center continues to be a spiritual hub for both Western students and also people from a wide variety of local immigrant communities with Buddhist cultural and religious traditions. Geshe Tenley has developed strong connections with religious leaders from the many different traditions in the Boston area.
As a result of Geshe Tenley’s deep appreciation for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s commitment to inter-religious harmony, Geshe Tenley initiated the Sakadawa Interfaith Celebration in 2014. This annual event brings together community members and local faith leaders representing all the major world religions.
Sera Jey Geshe Tenley's biography is filled with cross-cultural and inter-religious activity. Geshe Tenley is a member of the Medford Interfaith Clergy Association and the International Association of Non-Sectarian Tibetan Religious Traditions. He is the Spiritual Advisor for the Geshe Tsulga Non-Profit Association, and serves as Buddhist chaplain for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA.