Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche is a renowned scholar and meditation master of Nyingma, the Ancient School of Tibetan Buddhism.
He was born on May 10, 1942 in the Dhoshul region of Kham, eastern Tibet, near the sacred mountain Jowo Zegyal. On the morning of his birth a small snow fell with the flakes in the shape of lotus petals. Among his ancestors were many great scholars, practitioners and treasure revealers.
His family was semi-nomadic, living in the village during the winter and moving with the herds to high mountain pastures where they lived in yak hair tents during the summers. The monastery for the Dhoshul region is called Gochen and his father's family had the hereditary responsibility for administration of the business affairs of the monastery. His grandfather had been both administrator and chant master in charge of the ritual ceremonies.
He started his education at the age of four at Gochen monastery, which was founded by Tsasum Lingpa. At the age of twelve he entered Riwoche Monastery and completed his studies just before the Chinese invasion of Tibet reached the area. His root teacher was the illustrious Khenpo Tenzin Dragpa (Katog Khenpo Akshu).
In 1960 Rinpoche and his family were forced into exile, escaping to India. Eventually in 1967, he was appointed head of the Nyingmapa Department of the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Sarnath. He held this position for 17 years, as an abbot, dedicating all his time and energy to ensure the survival and spread of the Buddhist teaching.
Rinpoche moved to the United States in 1984 to work closely with H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, the supreme head of the Nyingmapa lineage. In 1985 Venerable Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche, and his brother, Venerable Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche, founded the Dharma Samudra Publishing Company. In 1988, they founded the Padmasambhava Buddhist Center, which has centers throughout the United States, as well as Puerto Rico, Russia and India. The primary center is Padma Samye Ling, located in Delaware County, New York. Padmasambhava Buddhist Center also includes a traditional Tibetan Buddhist monastery and nunnery at the holy site of Deer Park in Sarnath, India.
Rinpoche travels extensively within the United States and throughout the world, giving extensive teachings and empowerments at numerous retreats and seminars, while establishing meditation centers.
He has three volumes of collected works in Tibetan. Khenchen Palden Rinpoche has also co-authored a number of books in English on dharma subjects with his brother Khenchen Tsewang Rinpoche, including Ceaseless Echoes of the Great Silence: A Commentary on the Heart Sutra; Prajnaparamita: The Six Perfections; Door to Inconceivable Wisdom and Compassion; Lion’s Gaze: A Commentary on the Tsig Sum Nedek; and Opening Our Primordial Nature, all of which are available online at Chiso.
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