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[[Image:Khenpo Namdrol prayer.jpg|frame|'''Khenpo Namdrol''' photo courtesy of Jurek Schreiner]] '''Khenpo Namdrol''' ([[Wyl.]] ''mkhan po rnam grol'')
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[[Image:KNteaching.jpg|frame|350px|Khenchen Namdrol Rinpoche teaching at the [[Rigpa Shedra|Rigpa Shedra East]] in Nepal]]
Khenpo Namdrol Tsering was born in 1953 in [[Derge]]. At the age of seven, in 1959, he fled Tibet and reached Bylakuppe, South India. In 1968, he completed the five hundred thousand accumulations of the preliminary practice. He began his studies with [[Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche]] and Khenpo Khedrub, and then he went to Sikkim for five years, where he received various teachings on [[Prajnaparamita]], [[Madhyamika]], [[Pramana]] and other topics from [[Khenpo Tsöndrü]].
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'''Khenchen Namdrol Tsering''' (Tib. མཁན་ཆེན་རྣམ་གྲོལ་ཚེ་རིང་, [[Wyl.]] ''mkhan chen rnam grol tshe ring'') (b. 1953) is one of the leading [[khenpo]]s in the [[Nyingma]] tradition and is universally acknowledged as an expert on the ''[[Guhyagarbha Tantra]]'' and its various commentaries. As a [[khenchen]], he is one of three most senior khenpos of [[Namdroling Monastery]] and is also one of the foremost disciples of [[Khenpo Jikme Phuntsok]]. He oversees Rigpa Shedra East in Pharping, Nepal.
  
At 25, along with Khenpo Tsöndrü, he returned to [[Namdroling Monastery]] and together they  established the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute. Since its beginnings, he has been a key person in administering and teaching at the institute. In 1983, he received the title of [[khenpo]] from [[Penor Rinpoche]].
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==Biography==
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Khenchen Namdrol was born in 1953 in Samar in [[Derge]]. At the age of seven,<ref>According to the Tibetan method of calculating age</ref> in 1959, he fled Tibet together with [[Penor Rinpoche]] and reached Bylakuppe, South India. He became a monk at the age of thirteen, and learned reading and writing directly from Penor Rinpoche.
  
In 1988, he traveled to Serta, in [[Kham]] Province Tibet, to receive teachings from [[Khenpo Jikme Phuntsok]]. He received instructions on the [[Guhyagarbha Tantra]], [[Chetsun Nyingtik]], as well as Khenpo Jikme Phuntsok's own written instructions on [[Dzogchen]].  
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In 1968 he completed the five hundred thousand accumulations of the [[ngöndro|preliminary practice]]. He began his studies with [[Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche]], receiving teachings on the ''Viśeṣa-stava'' and the ''[[Thirty-Seven Practices of the Bodhisattvas]]'' and also studied the ''[[Bodhicharyavatara]]'' with the Sakya Khenpo Khedrub, who stayed at Namdroling for three years. He decided to study the ''Bodhicharyavatara'' with [[Khunu Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen]] in Pokhara, Nepal, but arrived as the teachings were concluding. From Nepal he went on to Darjeeling where he received teachings on Nagarjuna's [[Collection of Middle Way Reasoning]] from [[Khenpo Palden Sherab]] and then to Dabrali in Sikkim, where he studied [[Prajnaparamita]], [[Madhyamika]], [[Pramana]] and other topics with [[Khenpo Tsöndrü]] at the Sikkimese government shedra.
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[[Image:Khenpo Namdrol prayer.jpg|thumb|'''Khenpo Namdrol''' photo courtesy of Jurek Schreiner]]
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In 1978 he returned to [[Namdroling Monastery]] with Khenpo Tsöndrü and together they established the [[Ngagyur Nyingma Institute]]. Since its beginnings, Khenpo has played a key role in administering and teaching at the institute. He received the formal title of khenpo from [[Penor Rinpoche]] in 1983.
  
Again in 1992, he returned to Tibet and received further Dzogchen instructions from Khenpo Jikme Phuntsok.
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In 1988 he traveled to Serta, in [[Kham]] Province Tibet, to receive teachings from [[Khenpo Jikme Phuntsok]], including the ''[[Guhyagarbha Tantra]]'', ''[[Chetsün Nyingtik]]'', and Khenpo's own written instructions on [[Dzogchen]]. Again in 1992, he returned to Tibet and received further Dzogchen instructions from Khenpo Jikme Phuntsok. He accompanied Khenpo Jikhpun on his tour of Europe and America in 1993, including his visit to [[Lerab Ling]].
  
In 1998, under the guidance of Penor Rinpoche, he established the [[Palyul Retreat Center]], Samten Osel Ling in [[Pharping]], Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Khenpo now spends much of his time at his center, as well as teaching abroad and at the [[Ngagyur Nyingma Institute]].
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In 1998, under the guidance of Penor Rinpoche, he established the [[Palyul Retreat Centre]], Samten Osel Ling in [[Pharping]], Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Khenpo now spends much of his time at his centre, as well as teaching abroad and at the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute. From 2003 to 2006 he taught [[Dodrupchen Jikmé Tenpé Nyima]]'s ''[[Key to the Precious Treasury]]'' at Lerab Ling. This was part of a series of teachings on the major commentaries to the ''Guhyagarbha Tantra'' offered in Europe and America and translated by [[Sangye Khandro]].
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On 26 December 2004, Khenpo organized the first anniversary ceremony for Khenpo Jikme Phuntsok in [[Bodh Gaya]], which was led by Penor Rinpoche and attended by a large assembly of monks, nuns and lay practitioners. In 2009 he gave a talk entitled "The Madhyamaka and Dzogchen views of the fundamental nature of phenomena" at the International Conference on Buddhism and Science held at the [[Central University of Tibetan Studies]] in [[Sarnath]]. In June 2012 he concluded a series of teachings on Longchenpa's ''[[Treasury of Word and Meaning]]'' in California, describing the teachings as the most significant achievement of his life.
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==Notes==
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==Publications==
 
==Publications==
*Khenpo Namdrol Rinpoche, ''[http://www.wisdom-books.com/ProductDetail.asp?PID=8193 The Practice of Vajrakilaya]'', Snow Lion Publications, 1999; ISBN 1559391030
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*Khenpo Namdrol Rinpoche, ''The Practice of Vajrakilaya'' (Ithaca: Snow Lion Publications, 1999). ISBN 1559391030
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==Teachings & Transmissions Given to the [[About Rigpa|Rigpa]] Sangha==
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*[[Lerab Ling]], summers of 2003-2006: teachings based on [[Dodrupchen Jikmé Tenpé Nyima]]'s ''[[Key to the Precious Treasury]]'' commentary
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*Lerab Ling, 1 August 2003: Wrathful Deities empowerment according to the ''Zab dün gyutrül'' cycle terma revelation of [[Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa]]
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*Lerab Ling, 30 July 2004: Wrathful Deities empowerment according to the ''Zab dün gyutrül'' cycle terma revelation of Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa
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*Lerab Ling, 27 July 2005: empowerment from [[Khenpo Jikmé Phuntsok]]'s ''Magical Net'' cycle
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*Lerab Ling, 15 June 2006: Peaceful Deities empowerment according to the ''Zab dün gyutrül'' cycle terma revelation of Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa
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*[[Rigpa Shedra]], Pharping, Nepal, 17 April 2010: Peaceful Deities empowerment according to the ''Zab dün gyutrül'' cycle terma revelation of Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa
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*Rigpa Shedra, Pharping, Nepal, 6 January 2012: empowerment from [[Khenpo Jikmé Phuntsok]]'s ''Magical Net'' cycle
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*Lerab Ling, 3-14 August 2013
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*Lerab Ling, 3-14 September 2014: event including [[oral transmission]] of the [[Tsik Dön Dzö]]
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*Lerab Ling, 11 September 2014: Peaceful [[Manjushri]] empowerment from a [[terma]] by Khenpo Jikme Phuntsok
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*Lerab Ling, 3 September 2017: [[Chetsun Nyingtik]] empowerment
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*Lerab Ling, 3-17 September 2017: teachings on Chetsun Nyingtik
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*Lerab Ling, 2 September 2018: [[Tiklé Gyachen]] empowerment & oral transmission of the sadhana
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*Lerab Ling, 2-4 September 2018: oral transmission of the [[Chöying Dzö]] and Longchenpa's commentary on the root verses, including some teachings.
  
 
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*[http://knamdrol.org Khenchen Namdrol Rinpoche's website]
  
 
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Latest revision as of 09:46, 5 September 2018

Khenchen Namdrol Rinpoche teaching at the Rigpa Shedra East in Nepal

Khenchen Namdrol Tsering (Tib. མཁན་ཆེན་རྣམ་གྲོལ་ཚེ་རིང་, Wyl. mkhan chen rnam grol tshe ring) (b. 1953) is one of the leading khenpos in the Nyingma tradition and is universally acknowledged as an expert on the Guhyagarbha Tantra and its various commentaries. As a khenchen, he is one of three most senior khenpos of Namdroling Monastery and is also one of the foremost disciples of Khenpo Jikme Phuntsok. He oversees Rigpa Shedra East in Pharping, Nepal.

Biography

Khenchen Namdrol was born in 1953 in Samar in Derge. At the age of seven,[1] in 1959, he fled Tibet together with Penor Rinpoche and reached Bylakuppe, South India. He became a monk at the age of thirteen, and learned reading and writing directly from Penor Rinpoche.

In 1968 he completed the five hundred thousand accumulations of the preliminary practice. He began his studies with Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, receiving teachings on the Viśeṣa-stava and the Thirty-Seven Practices of the Bodhisattvas and also studied the Bodhicharyavatara with the Sakya Khenpo Khedrub, who stayed at Namdroling for three years. He decided to study the Bodhicharyavatara with Khunu Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen in Pokhara, Nepal, but arrived as the teachings were concluding. From Nepal he went on to Darjeeling where he received teachings on Nagarjuna's Collection of Middle Way Reasoning from Khenpo Palden Sherab and then to Dabrali in Sikkim, where he studied Prajnaparamita, Madhyamika, Pramana and other topics with Khenpo Tsöndrü at the Sikkimese government shedra.

Khenpo Namdrol photo courtesy of Jurek Schreiner

In 1978 he returned to Namdroling Monastery with Khenpo Tsöndrü and together they established the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute. Since its beginnings, Khenpo has played a key role in administering and teaching at the institute. He received the formal title of khenpo from Penor Rinpoche in 1983.

In 1988 he traveled to Serta, in Kham Province Tibet, to receive teachings from Khenpo Jikme Phuntsok, including the Guhyagarbha Tantra, Chetsün Nyingtik, and Khenpo's own written instructions on Dzogchen. Again in 1992, he returned to Tibet and received further Dzogchen instructions from Khenpo Jikme Phuntsok. He accompanied Khenpo Jikhpun on his tour of Europe and America in 1993, including his visit to Lerab Ling.

In 1998, under the guidance of Penor Rinpoche, he established the Palyul Retreat Centre, Samten Osel Ling in Pharping, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Khenpo now spends much of his time at his centre, as well as teaching abroad and at the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute. From 2003 to 2006 he taught Dodrupchen Jikmé Tenpé Nyima's Key to the Precious Treasury at Lerab Ling. This was part of a series of teachings on the major commentaries to the Guhyagarbha Tantra offered in Europe and America and translated by Sangye Khandro.

On 26 December 2004, Khenpo organized the first anniversary ceremony for Khenpo Jikme Phuntsok in Bodh Gaya, which was led by Penor Rinpoche and attended by a large assembly of monks, nuns and lay practitioners. In 2009 he gave a talk entitled "The Madhyamaka and Dzogchen views of the fundamental nature of phenomena" at the International Conference on Buddhism and Science held at the Central University of Tibetan Studies in Sarnath. In June 2012 he concluded a series of teachings on Longchenpa's Treasury of Word and Meaning in California, describing the teachings as the most significant achievement of his life.

Notes

  1. According to the Tibetan method of calculating age

Publications

  • Khenpo Namdrol Rinpoche, The Practice of Vajrakilaya (Ithaca: Snow Lion Publications, 1999). ISBN 1559391030

Teachings & Transmissions Given to the Rigpa Sangha

  • Lerab Ling, summers of 2003-2006: teachings based on Dodrupchen Jikmé Tenpé Nyima's Key to the Precious Treasury commentary
  • Lerab Ling, 1 August 2003: Wrathful Deities empowerment according to the Zab dün gyutrül cycle terma revelation of Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa
  • Lerab Ling, 30 July 2004: Wrathful Deities empowerment according to the Zab dün gyutrül cycle terma revelation of Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa
  • Lerab Ling, 27 July 2005: empowerment from Khenpo Jikmé Phuntsok's Magical Net cycle
  • Lerab Ling, 15 June 2006: Peaceful Deities empowerment according to the Zab dün gyutrül cycle terma revelation of Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa
  • Rigpa Shedra, Pharping, Nepal, 17 April 2010: Peaceful Deities empowerment according to the Zab dün gyutrül cycle terma revelation of Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa
  • Rigpa Shedra, Pharping, Nepal, 6 January 2012: empowerment from Khenpo Jikmé Phuntsok's Magical Net cycle
  • Lerab Ling, 3-14 August 2013
  • Lerab Ling, 3-14 September 2014: event including oral transmission of the Tsik Dön Dzö
  • Lerab Ling, 11 September 2014: Peaceful Manjushri empowerment from a terma by Khenpo Jikme Phuntsok
  • Lerab Ling, 3 September 2017: Chetsun Nyingtik empowerment
  • Lerab Ling, 3-17 September 2017: teachings on Chetsun Nyingtik
  • Lerab Ling, 2 September 2018: Tiklé Gyachen empowerment & oral transmission of the sadhana
  • Lerab Ling, 2-4 September 2018: oral transmission of the Chöying Dzö and Longchenpa's commentary on the root verses, including some teachings.

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