Tendar was born in the Kham district, Eastern Tibet. He became a monk at the age of twelve at Dego Somdupling Monastery in the Mahayana tradition. In Lhasa Tendar studied at Gyuto Ramoche Monastery for seven years, learning the ancient art of Tibetan tantric chanting, prayer and meditation. Tendar later attended the Tenzin Gang Gyuto monastery and studied at the Gyuto Tantric University for a further 14 years. Here he qualified as a teacher of sacred Buddhist art.
In 2000 Tendar commenced traveling to various European countries as Chant Master with the Gyuto monks. Tendar came to Australia for the first time in 2001, traveling extensively with the Gyuto monks, chanting, making sand mandalas, butter sculptures and teaching deep meditation.
Returning to Australia in 2003, Tendar now resides in Melbourne, teaching meditation, Tibetan language, sacred art and chant. Tendar became an Australian citizen in June 2005.
Tendar travels across Australia to teach meditation at various centres and retreats, performing blessings, sacred rituals and Buddhist ceremonies and also participating in community cultural programs.
Lama Tendar is here at the Centre on Sunday 18 October for his Singing Bowl and Deep Meditation workshop.