Khenpo Tashi Gyaltsen


KHENPO TASHI GYALTSEN was born in 1970 into a farming family in Nangchen in Kham, Tibet. At age thirteen he decided to become a monk and received his novice monastic vows from Drubchen Karma Norbu Rinpoche at Raktrul Monastery, the monastery of Bardor Tulku Rinpoche. At fourteen, over the course of one year, he received the complete empowerments and reading transmissions of the Rinchen Terdzo (Treasury of Precious Terma) from Gyalmo Tulku Rinpoche of Gonzhab Monastery and Chime Tulku of Benchen Monastery. Following this he spent one year in Mahakala retreat in the Protector Shrine Room at Raktrul.

Subsequently, he travelled to Chamdo to study the manuals on Dzogchen and Mahamudra practice and receive instructions from the renowned Kagyu master Khenpo Karma Tseten Rinpoche. Khenpo Tashi also received instruction on Madhyamaka and other philosophical schools. At Willow Mountain Retreat he spent a year and a half studying the traditions of sutra and mantra in addition to the classic Buddhist sciences.

At nineteen, he embarked on seven years of study at Arig Shedra in Amdo with Khenchen Arig Padma Tsewang, focusing on the sutrayana and mantrayana treatises of the Nyingma school as well as those of the Kagyu and Sakya schools. He received profoundcommentary on Dzogchen from Khenchen Munsel and then, for three and a half years, studied under Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok at Larung Gar, his dharma encampment located in Serthar in lower Kham. At the age of 27, Khenpo Tashi went to Drepung Monastery in Lhasa where he studied for two years in the Gelugpa tradition.

In 1999 Khenpo Tashi left Tibet and at the invitation of His Eminence Tai Situ Rinpoche, became a professor at the monastic college of Palpung Sherab Ling in Himachal Pradesh, India. He now serves as the dean of khenpos at Sherab Ling.

In late 2002, as a guest of the United States-based Raktrul Foundation, he began a four-month tour of North America to teach at Raktrul's dharma center in Red Hook, New York; at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra; and at several Karma Thegsum Choling centers in the U.S.