Biography of Khen Rinpoche Gyurme Sangay Wandi
Khenpo Gyurme Sangay Wangdi

Early Years in Bhutan

Khen Rinpoche (Khenpo) Gyurme Sangay Wangdi was born in Bhutan on 1 January 1972. Since the young age of seven, he has been studying and practising Buddhism under the Nyingma School. When Khenpo Gyurme was 11, he took a Dudjom Tesar lineage solitary retreat for a period of six years.

Higher Buddhist Studies in South India

At the age of 18, Khenpo Gyurme headed for South India after his solitary retreat where over the next decade, he received the entire transmission and initiations of the Palyul lineage under the guidance of His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche.

Khenpo Gyurme’s first year in South India was spent at the Namdroling Monastery, learning Tibetan language and culture. He then entered the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute (Shedra) in South India, and completed the intensive nine-year course in 1999. The Ngagyur Nyingma Institute is a Higher Buddhist Studies and Research Centre. It is one of the foremost Buddhist learning centres in the world, and is presently the largest Tibetan monastic centre of Buddhist education administered as a regular college.

In 2003, Khenpo Gyurme was enthroned Khen Rinpoche (Ph.D. in Buddhist Philosophy) by His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche. The title of Khen Rinpoche is conferred just once in several years. Only a select few among the graduates of the Institute, who are exceptionally outstanding in wisdom, discipline, diligence and scholarship are chosen to receive this title.

Inspirational Buddhist Teacher

Khenpo Gyurme devoted seven years to teaching the Dharma to Buddhist monks and nuns. He taught for two years at the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute, and also instructed as the Abbot at Samye Jeden Monastery in Nepal, Rangjung Woesal Choeling Monastery, Thekchok Kunzang Choedon Nunnery in Bhutan, and Ayang Rinpoche’s monastery in Bylakuppe, South India.

The responsibilities of a Buddhist teacher are great. Khenpo Gyurme cherishes this precious opportunity to inspire and shape young minds, and to guide them along the Buddhist path. It brings him much joy and comfort to see his disciples and students developing good characters, attaining greater understanding and insights into Buddhism, and in turn share their knowledge with others.

Recent Activities

In 2005, Khenpo Gyurme returned from South India to Bhutan. In his wish to benefit all sentient beings, he began travelling to various countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Nepal and England to share the Dharma with those whose paths cross with his. At the end of 2007, he embarked on the building of his Retreat Centre (Taktshang Meditation & Teaching Centre) in Paro, Bhutan.

Khenpo Gyurme continues to dedicate his time to spiritual practice and sharing the teachings of Buddha with his disciples, supporters and friends. His wisdom, warm nature, and kind compassion towards all sentient beings, touch the hearts of all who meet him.

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