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Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche

Khetsun Sangpo (1921–2009) was born in central Tibet and worked in a monastery as a servant when he was a boy, learning to read and write during his free hours. He later pursued study for several years with a renowned nun. (It was unusual for a man to seek teachings from a woman.) He eventually pursued formal monastic education in both the Gelukpa and Nyingma traditions. He fled Tibet to India in 1959. He had a close relationship with Dudjom Rinpoche, who asked him to teach in Japan for ten years as his representative. After that period, he spent the rest of his life in India and Nepal.

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Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche is one of the few remaining Nyingma lamas trained in Tibet and capable of transmitting in complete form the special precepts of the Nyingma order. A lay priest and renowned yogi-scholar, he was trained in all four lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. He is among the most senior lamas and Great Completeness masters in the Nyingma Tibetan Buddhist tradition and is the most eminent Nyingma historian alive today.