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==Biography of Khenpo Sönam Tobden==
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'''Khenpo Sönam Tobden''' (Tib. <big>མཁན་པོ་བསོད་ནམས་སྟོབས་ལྡན་</big>, [[Wyl.]] ''mkhan po bsod nams stobs ldan'') (b. ca. 1977) — a young [[Nyingma]] [[khenpo]] from [[Namdroling Monastery]].
  
'''Khenpo Sönam Tobden''' was born in 1978 in  Kunjo in Eastern Tibet. At the age of thirteen he entered the Kyipo Monastery and took ordination according to the [[Nyingmapa]] tradition. Four years later, he entered the Ramgo Chötrul Shedra, then the [[Palyul]] Shedra, two of the most prominent philosophical schools in Kham.  
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Khenpo Sönam Tobden was born in Tibet and entered the monastery at the age of six. Since the time he received teachings and empowerments from Kyabje [[Penor Rinpoche]] at the age of 17 in Tibet, Khenpo has felt intense devotion for [[Penor Rinpoche]] whom he considers to be his root teacher.  
  
From a very young age, he felt intense devotion for Kyabje [[Penor Rinpoche]] whom he considered his root teacher. With the intention of meeting him, he left home at the age of twenty, without telling anybody. With the help of a group of refugees, he crossed the Himalayas and arrived in India.
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In 1998 Khenpo Sönam Tobden entered Penor Rinpoche's [[Namdroling Monastery]], near Mysore in South India. Since then he has studied under the guidance of Kyabje Penor Rinpoche, [[Khenpo Namdrol]] and [[Khenpo Pema Sherab]], two of the seniormost khenpos of the Nyingma lineage.
  
It has now been ten years since khenpo Sönam Tobden entered Penor Rinpoche's monastery of [[Namdroling]], near Mysore in South India. Since then he has studied under the guidance of Kyabje Penor Rinpoche, [[Khenpo Namdrol]] and [[Khenpo Pema Sherab]], the two greatest senior Khenpos of the Nyingma lineage.
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In 2005 he completed the traditional nine years of [[shedra]] studies and began to teach texts such as Chandrakirti's ''[[Madhyamakavatara]]'' based on [[Mipham Rinpoche]]'s commentary to the younger generation of monks and nuns.
  
Last year he completed his nine years of shedra studies and began to teach texts such as Chandrakirti's ''[[Madhyamakavatara]]'' based on [[Mipham Rinpoche]]'s commentary to the younger generation of monks.
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From 2006 onwards he has been teaching the students of the [[Rigpa Shedra]] in [[Pharping]], Nepal classical shedra texts such as the [[Bodhicharyavatara]], the [[Madhyamakalankara]], the [[Madhyamakavatara]] and the [[Abhisamayalankara]].
  
This year in [[Pharping]], Khenpo is teaching for the first time at the [[Rigpa shedra]], on [[Shantideva]]'s [[Bodhicharyavatara]].
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On the 18th March, 2011 he received the [[khenpo]] degree at [[Namdroling Monastery]].
  
[[Category: Contemporary Teachers]]
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==Rigpa Shedra East Teachings==
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* 2006/2007, in [[Pharping]], Khenpo taught for the first time at the [[Rigpa shedra]], on [[Shantideva]]'s ''[[Bodhicharyavatara]]''. The recordings of those teachings are part of the online [[Shedra MP3 Library]].
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* 2007/2008, [[Mipham Rinpoche]]’s commentary ''The Adornment of the Middle Way'' on [[Shantarakshita]]’s [[Madhyamakalankara]].
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* 2010, teachings on the [[Madhyamakavatara]] using [[Chandrakirti]]'s auto-commentary.
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* 2011, teachings on [[Mipham Rinpoche]]'s commentary on the [[Abhisamayalankara]].
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*January to March 2012, teachings on the ''[[Guhyagarbha Tantra]]'', using Mipham Rinpoche's ''[[Essence of Clear Light]]'' commentary.
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[[Category:Nyingma Teachers]]

Latest revision as of 23:42, 9 April 2018

Khenpo Sönam Tobden

Khenpo Sönam Tobden (Tib. མཁན་པོ་བསོད་ནམས་སྟོབས་ལྡན་, Wyl. mkhan po bsod nams stobs ldan) (b. ca. 1977) — a young Nyingma khenpo from Namdroling Monastery.

Khenpo Sönam Tobden was born in Tibet and entered the monastery at the age of six. Since the time he received teachings and empowerments from Kyabje Penor Rinpoche at the age of 17 in Tibet, Khenpo has felt intense devotion for Penor Rinpoche whom he considers to be his root teacher.

In 1998 Khenpo Sönam Tobden entered Penor Rinpoche's Namdroling Monastery, near Mysore in South India. Since then he has studied under the guidance of Kyabje Penor Rinpoche, Khenpo Namdrol and Khenpo Pema Sherab, two of the seniormost khenpos of the Nyingma lineage.

In 2005 he completed the traditional nine years of shedra studies and began to teach texts such as Chandrakirti's Madhyamakavatara based on Mipham Rinpoche's commentary to the younger generation of monks and nuns.

From 2006 onwards he has been teaching the students of the Rigpa Shedra in Pharping, Nepal classical shedra texts such as the Bodhicharyavatara, the Madhyamakalankara, the Madhyamakavatara and the Abhisamayalankara.

On the 18th March, 2011 he received the khenpo degree at Namdroling Monastery.

Rigpa Shedra East Teachings