courtesy of the Tibetan
Meditation Center in Frederick MD.
Khenpo Rinpoché is known and loved
for his engaging teaching style and his complete lack of
Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin took his monk's vows
at the age of 14 and a few years later was selected from
his home monastery to began his study Buddhist philosophy
at Samyé Monastery, the first monastery ever built
He studied the Thirteen Major Texts with Khenchen
Nawang Gyalpo Rinpoché and other Khenpos. The strong
Sakya and Nyingma influence at Samyé allowed him
the opportunity to eceive the entire Lamdré-cycle
of empowerments of the Ngor-Sakya lineage from Khensur Khenchen
Rinpoché and from Amdo Lama Togden Rinpoché
and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoché. He received many Nyingma
empowerments and teachings.
In 1987, Khenpo Rinpoché arrived at
Kagyu Institute at Jangchub
Ling in Dehra Dun and there met His Holiness Drikung
Kyabgön Chetsang Rinpoché. The spontaneous devotion
he felt for His Holiness resulted in his request to His
Holiness to join the monastery continue his education.
With four years of his studies at Samyé
Monastery, Khenpo Rinpoché quickly completed his
education at Jangchub Ling. He then taught lower classes
for three years in the Monastic College. Khenpo Rinpoché
also completed the Ngondro, Cakrasamvara and other practices
while in retreat.
Enthroned by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgön
Chetsang Rinpoché as a "Khenpo" in 1998
he then spent three years teaching Buddhist philosophy at
In April 2001, Khenpo Rinpoché arrived
at the Tibetan Meditation
Center in Frederick, Maryland to assist Khenchen
Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche. He worked to improve his
mastery of the English language to be of more benefit in
the spread of Dharma. He began teaching at TMC in August
of that year and was subsequently appointed as co spiritual
director of TMC by Khenchen Rinpoché.