Teachers

Khenpo Urgyen Tenphel

Khenpo Urgyen Tenpel was born in 1982 in Mugum Bazaar, Northwestern Nepal. He was ordained at thirteen at Ka Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Boudhanath, Nepal, under Kyabje Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche and Chokling Rinpoche. He studied in the monastery’s elementary school, memorizing texts and learning the monastery’s chanting tradition. He received novice and full monastic vows from Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche. In 1998, he began ten years of study at the Sangye Yeshe Higher Shedra, focusing on sutra- and mantra-level Buddhism. He taught in the monastery’s middle school and served as a teaching assistant. After completing his studies in 2007, he became a Lopon, teaching and managing at Sangye Yeshe Shedra and the Rangjung Yeshe Institute. In 2013, he was awarded the title of Khenpo. He spent many years as the senior teacher at Nagi Nunnery and currently teaches Buddhist teachings to both ordained and lay practitioners from East and West.

Events with Khenpo Urgyen Tenphel

Buddhist Studies Summer Program 2024
June 6 - August 4, 2024

The Buddhist Studies Summer Program (BSSP) is an intensive residential study and practice program. Students in the BSSP spend four to eight weeks at our remote Northern California center, participating in concentrated daily sessions of Buddhist teaching and meditation led by lamas, teachers, and translators from Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Nepal. This summer, we will focus on the Sutric and Tantric teachings of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist tradition, guided by skilled Tibetan monks from Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling. Daily study of these philosophical and practice traditions will be supported by regular review sessions and ample space to integrate these teachings into our…

The Twelve Links of Dependent Origination with Khenpo Urgyen Tenphel
July 10 - 14, 2024

Teachings on the Twelve Links of Dependent Origination The Twelve Links of Dependent Origination are fundamental teachings in Buddhism, offering insight into the interconnected nature of existence and the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. These twelve links illustrate the chain of causation that leads to suffering and the process by which we can break free from this cycle to achieve liberation. Each link represents a step in the process, from ignorance to aging and death, providing a comprehensive understanding of how our actions and thoughts shape our reality. Join us as we explore these teachings under the guidance of…

The Heart Sutra with Khenpo Urgyen Tenphel
July 17 - 21, 2024

Teachings on the Heart Sutra The Heart Sutra, also known as the Prajnaparamita Hridaya Sutra, encapsulates the essence of the Perfection of Wisdom teachings, emphasizing the profound concept of emptiness and the interconnected nature of all phenomena. Join us as we delve into these teachings under the guidance of Khenpo Urgyen Tenphel, senior teacher at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery and Nagi Nunnery. Program Highlights: Extensive Teachings on the Heart Sutra: Dive deep into one of the most revered texts in Mahayana Buddhism with Khenpo Urgyen Tenphel. He will elucidate the profound wisdom of the Heart Sutra, offering insights and practices…

Bardo Teachings with Khenpo Urgyen Tenphel
July 24 - 28, 2024

Bardo Teachings The Bardo Teachings offer profound insights into the transitional states between death and rebirth, providing a guide for navigating these liminal periods with awareness. Join us as we explore these teachings under the guidance of Khenpo Urgyen Tenpel, an esteemed Buddhist teacher. Additionally, we will meet together to workshop and draft our Spiritual Care Directive, facilitated by sangha member Rhonda LoPresti. We will explore the special methods from our tradition, such as Liberation Upon Contact materials and other supportive substances. Program Highlights: Extensive Teachings on the Bardo: Receive transformative Bardo Teachings with Khenpo Urgyen Tenpel as he elucidates…