Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

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Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche (1935-2024) was an eminent master and scholar of the Kagyü tradition who also taught widely in the West.

Khenpo Rinpoche came out of his mountain retreat in Tibet and traveled to India in 1959 when Chinese soldiers began to enter the area. In India, he was reunited with his root guru, the 16th Karmapa, who gave him a task that completely changed his trajectory: to revive the Kagyü lineage's tradition of study, the Tibetan Kagyu shedra.

This shedra tradition had been in severe decline since the 10th Karmapa, Chöying Dorje, with little emphasis on study and little new composition and exposition taking place. Rinpoche said yes to the Karmapa's request and took on the challenge. He composed root texts that were initially used in the shedra at Rumtek Monastery and subsequently at the Nitartha Institute for Higher Studies founded by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche in 1996.

Teachings Given to the Rigpa Sangha


  • Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso, Stars of Wisdom: Analytical Meditation, Songs of Yogic Joy, and Prayers of Aspiration, Shambhala, 2011
  • Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Ascertaining Certainty About the View, Prajña Editions, 2005
  • Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso, The Sun of Wisdom: Teachings on the Noble Nagarjuna's Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way, Shambhala 2003
  • Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, The Two Truths, Prajña Editions, 2003
  • Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness, Prajña Editions, 2003
  • Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, The Beautiful Song of Marpa the Translator, Prajña Editions, 2002

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