Khenpo Shenga

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Khenpo Shenga (Tib. མཁན་པོ་གཞན་དགའ་, Wyl. mkhan po gzhan dga’) aka Shenpen Chökyi Nangwa (གཞན་ཕན་ཆོས་ཀྱི་སྣང་བ་, Wyl. gzhan phan chos kyi snang ba) (1871-1927) — an important figure in the Rimé movement of Tibetan Buddhism who revitalized study in much of Eastern Tibet by founding shedras and by revising the scholastic curriculum with an emphasis on the classical treatises of India.


Aside from his major annotation commentaries on the thirteen classical treatises and also one on the root text of the Guhyagarbha Tantra, his collected writings include A Mirror Clearly Reflecting What Must Be Known: The Six Topics of the Learned, as well as various praises and songs of realization. A previously unknown commentary of his on Patrul Rinpoche’s Advice that is Virtuous in the Beginning, Middle and End was discovered recently in Tibet and published in Nepal. Other works include:

  • Annotated Commentary on the Bodhicharyavatara

Further Reading

  • Bayer, Achim. The Life and Works of mKhan-po gZhan-dga' (1871-1927), M.A. Thesis, University of Hamburg
  • Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Brilliant Moon, Shambhala, 2008, pages 31-38.
  • Jackson, David. Saint in Seattle: The Life of the Tibetan Mystic Dezhung Rinpoche (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2003), pages 25-33.
  • Nyoshul Khenpo, A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage, Padma Publications, 2005, pages 492-499.

External Links

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