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Geshé Rabten (1920-1987) was a renowned scholar-practitioner of the Jé College (grwa tshang byes) of Sera Monastery. He was born in Kham (khams), eastern Tibet, and made Sera his home for twenty years. After completing most of his studies there, he fled Tibet in 1959. He did his final examinations in Buxador, India, and obtained the degree of Geshé Lharampa (dge bshes lha ram pa). Geshé Rabten became abbot of the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Switzerland in 1975, but he had already been teaching European and American students since 1969.