Khenpo Rinchen

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Born in eastern Tibet, Khenpo Rinchen taught at Dzongsar monastery before fleeing into exile in India. He became the teacher of H.H. Sakya Trizin and served as the main Sakya khenpo at the Tibetan Institute in Sarnath, as well as head khenpo at the Sakya monastery in Puruwala. During the Kalachakra empowerment in Bodhgaya in 1974, he was praised by H.H. the Dalai Lama as a teacher who had mastered the scholarship of all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. His Holiness also spoke of Khenpo Rinchen at Lerab Ling in 2000: “I think there are hardly any teachers, Gelug, Nyingma, Kagyü, or Sakya, who know the teachings of all the other schools. From my own experience, I can say that the late Khenpo Rinchen was one who did: he really was an excellent master.”