Khangsar Tenpé Wangchuk

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Khangsar Tenpé Wangchuk

Khangsar Tenpé Wangchuk (Tib. ཁང་སར་བསྟན་པའི་དབང་ཕྱུག་, Wyl. khang sar bstan pa'i dbang phyug) aka Tulku Tenpo (1938-2014)


Khangsar Tenpé Wangchuk was born amidst miraculous signs in Akyong Khangsar in Golok at dawn on January 1st 1938. The time of his birth was marked by the conjunction of 'four tigers': he was born in the Earth Tiger year, in the tiger month, on the tiger day, and at dawn, which is the time of the tiger. He was soon recognized as the incarnation of Payak Önpo Rigdzin Dorje, who was an emanation of Yudra Nyingpo, one of Guru Rinpoche's twenty-five disciples.

He studied with Palyul Choktrul Jampal Gyepe Dorje, Akyong Tokden Rinpoche Lodrö Gyatso and other masters, gaining profound levels of realization, so that he met deities in visions and received prophecies from them, and his understanding of the sutras and tantras expanded to became limitlessly vast. He revealed both earth and mind termas. Some of them he even unearthed in public, before crowds of people. Khenpo Jikmé Phuntsok declared him to be a great bodhisattva who had reached the more advanced stages (bhumis).

He established both Khangsar Taklung Monastery and Payak Monastery.

He passed away at 6pm on April 13th, 2014. His final words of advice to his disciples were:

Compassion for sentient beings,
Respect for cause and effect,
Devotion for the Three Jewels,
Taking to heart for the pith instructions,
Love for Dharma friends,
And for the ordained sangha in particular, let there be harmony, perfect observance of the vows, and service of the teachings--
Please, never forget this advice.[1]

His Writings

His collected writings include commentaries on The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva, Rigdzin Düpa, Tsik Sum Né Dek, Longchenpa's Neluk Dzö and Chöying Dzö, and Shabkar's Flight of the Garuda.


  1. sems can la snying rje/ rgyu 'bras la yid ches/ mchog gsum la dad pa/ man ngag la nyams len/ mched grogs la brtse gdung/ khyad par dge 'dun pa'i sde zhig yin na thugs mthun khrims gtsang dang bstan pa la zhabs zhu byed rgyu ni nam yang thugs nas mi brjed rogs/

Further Reading

  • Morten Østensen, In the Presence of the Dharmakaya: Dzogchen Practice According to Khangsar Tenpe Wangchug’s Notes on Dza Paltrul’s Extraordinary Teaching of the Wise and Glorious King (mkhas pa shri rgyal po’i khyad chos). M.A. thesis, 2008

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