Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche

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མཁས་བཙུནབཟང་པོ་རིན་པོ་ཆེ།
mkhas btsun bzang po rin po che

Short Biography

Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoché was born in Central Tibet in 1921 from a patrilineal descent of Ngakpas. He studied the sutras and tantras from 1937 to 1949. After that, and until 1955, he mainly practiced in closed retreat. In 1959 he fled Tibet for India where he first spent two years on retreat. Then he went to Japan to teach for 10 years at the request of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoché. Back in India he became in charge of the Library of Tibetan Work and Archive in Dharamsala. He is the author of many volume of teachings including the outstanding Biographical Dictionary of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism in 12 vol. Rinpoché now lives at his monastery in Sundarijal in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, which he established at the request of His Holiness Dudjom Jigdra Yeshe Dorje Rinpoché.


Khetsun Sangpo is one of the few remaining Nyingma Lamas trained in Tibet and capable of transmitting in complete form the special precepts of the Nyingma order. A lay-priest and renowned yogi-scholar, he was trained in all four lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. He is among the most senior Lamas and Great Completeness masters in the Nyingma Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and the most eminent Nyingma historian alive today.

From "Fundamental Mind".

Literary Works

In Tibetan

  • The Biographical Dictionary of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism in 12 vol.
  • An extra 13th vol. based on Dunhuang caves discovery called An early history of Tibet edited from the findings unearthed at the Dunhuang caves

An autobiography Proverbs and Lyric Poems

In English

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