Khenpo teaching at the Sydney Practice Centre

Khenpo teaching at the Sydney Practice Centre

About Khenpo Tsering Tashi

Khenpo Tsering Tashi was born in Sershi, Tibet in 1976. He received primary education including Tibetan language and Buddhism at the age of nine. At the age of sixteen, he took the vow of ordained monk (Guesel) from Khenpo Arig Gyaltsen in Arig Monastery in Tibet. In 1993, he received the Red Avalokiteshavara empowerment according to the Mindroling lineage from Khenchen Dragpa Gyaltsen. At the age of nineteen he went to Serta Limdo Shedra to study the philosophy of Sutra and Tantra under the guidance of Khenchen Choeying Chabdhel for three years. He also received the complete transmission of Seven Treasuries of Longchenpa from Khenpo Sherab, a heart disciple of Khenchen Choeying Chabdhal. In 1999, he returned to Arig Shedra to advance his studies. Due to his profound experience and knowledge of Buddhist philosophy as well as his good character, he was conferred the title of Khenpo by Khenchen Pema Tsewang and served at Arig Shedra for three years. In 2001, he received the complete transmission of the Tengyur from Tsabtsa Drupgen Rinpoche who himself is from the Kagyu lineage.

Khenpo was imprisoned in 2003 for two years after Chinese officials claimed that a book he wrote, titled “The future of Tibet” was against Chinese policy. After he was released in 2006, Khenpo left Tibet for India, and went to Dharamsala to receive an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His Holiness advised him to join Dzongsar Institute in Chauntra, under the guidance of the late Khenchen Rinpoche Kunga Wangchuk. There he studied the Sakya commentaries of Sutra and Tantra, and due to his skills in Tibetan writing and grammar, he was also a member of the editorial section of the Chokyi Lodro Institute for three years.

In 2007, he received the complete transmission of the Kangyur from Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche. In 2008, he also received the complete transmission of Lamdre "Path and its Fruit" from His Holiness Sakya Trizin at Dzongsar Institute. He also received many Terma teachings from Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche in 2009. In 2010 he received the complete cycle of Kyabje Dudjom Jikdral Yeshe Dorje from Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche at Spiti, India. At the same year, he was appointed by the office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to study Chinese language in Taiwan.

In 2012 Khenpo Tsering Tashi established the Wheel of Wisdom, a Tibetan Buddhist Center of Study and Practice in Taipei. Since then, Khenpo has offered Dharma teachings at least three days a week continuously either face-to-face or online. The courses he has offered include The Words of My Perfect Teacher, A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life, Entering the Middle Way, Uttaratantra, The Vajra Cutter Sutra, and The Heart Sutra and so on. He was the chairman of the International Tibetan Buddhist Study Institute in Taiwan from 2014 to 2015. During this time, he hosted a conference between Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsultrim Lodrö. Additionally, he also hosted a micro film festival where Khyentse Rinpoche was the guest speaker. Khenpo also gave teachings regularly in schools, prisons and nursing homes.

In 2016 Khenpo Tsering Tashi resettled in Sydney, Australia under the arrangement of UN Refugee Agency, Humanitarian program in Australia and the Tibetan government in exile. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche has encouraged Khenpo to give teachings in Australia, as well as encouraging SIA to request teachings of Khenpo. Khenpo has explained his own aspirations as to how he could best serve here in Australia, saying that in addition to offering dharma teachings he would like to offer teachings in the form of life education to school students, minority groups or prisoners. He hopes to improve his English quickly so that he will be able to teach without the aid of a translator within a few years.

Publications by Khenpo Tsering Tashi:

In Tibetan: 

2003 The Future of Tibet 

2007 The Turning Point of this New Era 

2008 The Reasons of Living, forward by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche 

2011 The Timely Rain, a collection of teaching by Khenpo Tsultrim Lodrö 


In Chinese: 

2013 The Shepherd Boy of Tibet Who Walks Down to the World, the biography of Khenpo Tsering Tashi. 


In both Tibetan and Chinese: 

2010 The Invisible Angle