Our Teacher, Geshe Kesang Menlom, escaped Tibet in 1959. During his escape he suffered a bullet wound to his ear along with being hit by shrapnel from an exploding bomb from the Chinese. After entering India at the same time as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, He along with 60 other monks from Drepung Gomang monastery in Tibet worked to rebuild the monastery in southern India, where the Indian government provided them with land. His dedication and determination proved to be successful as today there are over 2000+ monks studying at Drepung Gomang monastery.
In the 1990's Geshe Menlom was askd to come to Philadelphia by the Dalai Lama and ultimately became a citizen of the United States. While in Philadelphia be became the spirtual leader for the local Tibetan community along with offering Tibetan Buddhist Teachings to several non-Tibetans.
In July 2012, at the age of 85 years, Our Teacher Geshe Kesang Menlom passed away.