Ven. Freeman Trebilcock

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Venerable Freeman Trebilcock (Thubten Gyaltsen) is a 23 year old Australian-born Buddhist monk. In 2000 at the age of just12 Freeman was ordained into the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism by Kyabje Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche. After finishing his secondary education, Freeman undertook a Psychology degree from the University of Melbourne. Freeman spent 2 years studying at Chenrezig Institute for Buddhist Studies. However Freeman has also undertaken study, retreat & initiation with Lama's from across all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. These include: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness Sakya Trizin, His Eminence Dzongdzar Kyentse Rinpoche, His Eminence Zimwocke Rinpoche Rinpoche, Sogyul Rinpoche, Namkai Norbu, Traleg Rinpoche, Geshe Tashi Tsenring, Geshe Thubten Loden, and others.

In 2006 Freeman helped to found the Buddhist Youth Organisation, Loving Kindness Peaceful Youth (www.lkpy.org). In 2007 he played a key role in helping organise the "Dialogue with the Dalai Lama: Multifaith Forum for Schools" with over 10,000 people in attendance.

Freeman has been actively involved both within the Buddhism community, and increasingly beyond it through his engagement in interfaith work locally and across the globe. In 2008 he co-founded InterAction: multifaith youth network, a youth-led interfaith organisation that promotes cooperation and service. As a result he was selected as a Regional Youth Ambassador for the United Religions Initiative - the worlds largest interfaith organisation. In 2010-11 Freeman has been recognised by the Foundation for Young Australians as a Young Social Pioneer and by the International Youth Foundation as one of their 20 Global Fellows.

In 2011 at the request of His Eminence Zimwocke Rinpoche Freeman took on the post of President of Jamchen Buddhist Centre. Here he hopes to be of service to the Australian Buddhist Community, in a spirit of nonsectarianism and openness.