Khetsün Zangpo Rinpoche

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Khetsün Zangpo Rinpoche
Khetsün Zangpo Rinpoche with Sogyal Rinpoche, Prapoutel, 1990

Khetsün Zangpo Rinpoche (Tib. མཁས་བཙུན་བཟང་པོ་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་, Wyl. mkhas btsun bzang po rin po che) (1920-2009) was born in Central Tibet in 1920 from a patrilineal descent of ngakpas. He studied the sutras and tantras from 1937 to 1949. After which and until 1955 he mainly practised in closed retreat. In 1959 he fled Tibet for India where he first spent two years on retreat. Then he went to Japan to teach for 10 years at the request of Kyabjé Dudjom Rinpoche. Back in India he became in charge of the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala. He is the author of many volumes of teachings including the outstanding Biographical Dictionary of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism in 12 vol. Rinpoche lived at his monastery in Sundarijal in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, which he established at the request of Kyabjé Dudjom Rinpoché. He passed into parinirvana on 6th December, 2009.

He attended the historic gathering at Prapoutel in 1990.

Literary Works

In Tibetan

  • The Biographical Dictionary of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism in 12 vol.
  • An extra 13th vol. based on Dunhuang caves discovery called An early history of Tibet edited from the findings unearthed at the Dunhuang caves
  • An autobiography
  • Proverbs and Poems

In English

  • Tantric Practice in Nyingma translated by J. Hopkins, Snow Lion, 1982,1996 (on the Longchen Nyingtik Ngöndro)
  • Fundamental Mind by Mipam Rinpoche with practical commentary by Khetsun Sangpo Rinpochay, Translated by J. Hopkins, Snow Lion, 2006.

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