Khenpo Kunzang Palden

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Khenpo Kunpal (c.1872-1943) also called Gekong Khenchen Kunzang Palden and Kunzang Chökyi Drakpa was a great scholar of the Nyingma tradition. He was a close disciple of Patrul Rinpoche and his biographer. He was born in Dzachukha valley, in Kham and was ordained as a monk by Khenpo Yönten Gyatso of Dzogchen monastery. After he received the transmission by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, the fifth Dzogchen Rinpoche, he became one of the great holders of the Longchen Nyingtik lineage. He was also an important student of Mipham Rinpoche. He taught at Gekong monastery of Dzachukha and was the first teacher at the shedra of Kathok monastery, along with Khenpo Ngawang Palzang (Khenpo Ngakchung). He left many important writings like The Stories of Vinaya and commentaries on Mipham Rinpoche's Beacon of Certainty (Ngeshé Drönmé). He is best known for his commentary on the Bodhicharyavatara, by Shantideva which is taught to this day in most shedras. He was the main teacher of Pöpa Tulku, and also taught Khunu Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen while he was in Kham.