Khenpo Gyaltsen was born in Nepal on May 10, 1973. He is a direct descendant of the family of the illustrious Tibetan King Trisong Deutsen.
At the age of nine, he entered Ka -nying Shedrub Ling monastery, in Boudhanath, Nepal, established by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. There he studied philosophical and ritual texts until the age of twenty-five. During these years he received many initiations and transmissions from his principal guru, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. Notably, Khenpo received the precious “instructions on the mind.” Additionally, he received many texts and empowerments from Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche and Kyabje Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche.
Khenpo Gyaltsen traveled to India in 1997. There he studied the Buddhist tradition of logic for three years in the great Thekchen Choling. In 2000, he entered the Ngagyur Nyinma Institute where he completed his ninth and final year. Thereafter, he received the Acharya degree from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. After graduation, he remained in India, continuing to teach for four years. In 2011, Karma Kuchen Rinpoche bestowed on him the title of Khenpo. This title is equivalent to a PhD in modern academic systems. In 2012, he returned to live and teach at Ka-nying Shedrub Ling monastery.
Khenpo Gyaltsen is a popular teacher at the Sangye Yeshe Monastic Shedra at Ka-nying Monastery. International students also enjoy his philosophy classes at Rangjung Yeshe Institute, allied to the University of Kathmandu.
Teachings and writings by Khenpo Gyaltsen
Khenpo also kindly compiled a book explaining many fundamental points of buddhadharma in a structured and simple way. This book elaborates on many practical aspects of dharma. Khenpo presents topics such as the benefits and background of reciting mantras and making circumambulations around sacred objects. Moreover, he explains the significance of prayer flags, mani wheels and other ritual or artistic objects. Additionally, he gives clear instruction on the practice of meditation. The knowledge contained in this book will help practitioners of all levels clarify their knowledge and strengthen their confidence in the dharma.
Recently, Phakchok Rinpoche’s requested the translators at Lhasey Lotsawa to make Khenpo’s book available in English. They have released a second edition translation of this helpful book: A Lamp Illuminating the Path to Liberation.
Khenpo Gyaltsen travels frequently to Asia for Dharma teachings. Most recently, he has been offering teachings in Malaysian dharma centers to enthusiastic students. In addition, in fall 2017, he completed a tour of Brasil where he taught to Dharma Stream groups. He also gave a number of public talks and interacted with students at local schools.