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.
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.
Rigpa Shedra East teachings
- 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.
- 2007/2008, Mipham Rinpoche’s commentary The Adornment of the Middle Way on Shantarakshita’s Madhyamakalankara.
- 2010, teachings on the Madhyamakavatara using Chandrakirti's auto-commentary.
- 2011, teachings on Mipham Rinpoche's commentary on the Abhisamayalankara.