Albuquerque KTC Presents:
Khenpo Tenzin Ugyen
We are pleased to announce a visit from KTD Lama, Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin.
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Khenpo Ugyen is the Scholar in Residence at KTC's parent organization, Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery in Woodstock, New York. A native of Bhutan, he was trained at the Karma Shri Nalanda Institute at Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, the main seat of the Gyalwang Karmapa in exile, and Sampumanand Sanskrit University in India. After teaching in Bhutan for six years, he served as Abbot and principal teacher at Nalanda Institute for five years, and then spent two years in retreat in Bhutan before coming to KTD.
About Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin
Khenpo Ugyen completed his studies and received an Acharya degree (Master of Buddhist studies) from Karma Nalanda Institute and Sampurnanand Sanskrit University. In 1991 he was appointed as junior khenpo (professor) by His Eminence Jomgön Kongtrül Rinpoche and His Eminence Goshir Gyaltsap Rinpoche. Later, he was sent to Nimalung Monastery in Bhutan as a khenpo, where he taught Buddhist philosophy for six years.
In 1997, Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin returned to Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, and was appointed the senior khenpo at Nalanda Institute by His Eminence Gyaltsap Rinpoche. In 2002, he began a retreat at Tang Kunzang Drag Monastery, the birthplace and main seat of the great treasure-revealer, Terton Pema Lingpa. Nearly two years into his retreat, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa asked Khenpo Ugyen to help Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD Monastery, in Woodstock NY). Therefore, Khenpo Ugyen left his retreat to go to KTD, arriving in May of 2005.
Since that time he has taught at KTD as well as at many of the KTCs and KKSGs from such texts as Jamgon Kongrul Lodro Taye’s Treasury of Knowledge, Jamgon Mipham’s Gateway to Knowledge, Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend, Ngulchu Thokme Zangpo’s Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas, Gampopa’s Ornament of Liberation, Lord Rangjung Dorje’s Aspiration of the Definitive Meaning, Mahamudra, among others.