Sönam Tobden

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Khenpo Sönam Tobden

Khenpo Sönam Tobden. (Tib. མཁན་པོ་གསོད་རྣམས་་སྟོབས་་ལྡན་, Wyl. mkhan po gsod rnams stobs ldan) From a very young age, Khenpo felt intense devotion for Kyabje Penor Rinpoche whom he considered his root teacher.

It has now been ten years since 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 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.

From 2006 onwards he taught the students of the Rigpa Shedra in Pharping, Nepal several times on 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.

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