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Palden Sherab

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Palden Sherab
Palden Sherab (right) with his brother, Tsewang Dongyal.



Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche (Tibetan: དཔལ་ལྡན་ཤེས་རབ་, Wylie: dpal ldan shes rab) (May 10, 1938 - June 19, 2010) was a scholar and lama in the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism.


Life

Palden Sherab was born in the village of Joephu (Tibetan: རྒྱུས་ཕུ་, Wylie: rgyus phu), in the Dhoshul (Tibetan: རྡོ་ཤུལ་, Wylie: rdo shul) region of Kham, Tibet, near the sacred mountain of Jowo Zegyal (Tibetan: ཇོ་བོ་གཟེ་རྒྱལ་, Wylie: jo bo gze rgyal).

Just prior to China's invasion, he completed his shedra (monastic university) education at the Taklung Kagyu monastery of Riwoche (Tibetan: རི་བོ་ཆེ་, Wylie: ri bo che), in the Riwoche region of Kham, where he was groomed to take over as the abbot of Gochen Monastery (Tibetan: སྒོ་ཆེན་སྒོམ་, Wylie: sgo chen sgom).


Following China's annexation of eastern Tibet, he fled with his family to India in 1960. He lost his mother and sisters in the journey, although his father—]]Lama Chimed Namgyal Rinpoche]]—and his brother—Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche—survived.

Once in exile, His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche requested that Palden Sherab join the committee of the four main Tibetan schools dedicated to recovering sacred texts missing or destroyed in the struggle with China.


He salvaged thousands of texts and commentaries.


Palden Sherab traveled to the United States in 1980 with his brother.

Together they founded Dharma Samudra, a non-profit publishing organization, in 1985. Afterward, they published numerous texts on Tibetan language, poetry, grammar, Buddhist philosophy, practice, logic, and tantra, as well as Tibetan histories.

In 1989 they also founded Padmasambhava Buddhist Center International, which includes centers and monastic institutions in the United States, Puerto Rico, Russia, and India.

Their headquarters is at Palden Pema Samye Ling (Tibetan: དཔལ་ལྡན་པདྨ་བསམ་ཡས་གླིང་, Wylie: dpal ldan pad+ma bsam yas gling) retreat center and monastery in Sidney Center, Delaware County, New York.

Palden Sherab died on Saturday, June 19, 2010 at Palden Pema Samye Ling. His body (Tibetan: སྐུ་གདུང་, Wylie: sku gdung) remained there in post-death meditation (Tibetan: ཐུགས་དམ་, Wylie: thugs dam) until Wednesday, June 23, 2010. He was cremated on Thursday, June 24, 2010.


Palden Sherab was knowledgeable in all aspects of Buddhism, but he was particularly well known for his texts and teachings on Dzogchen (Tibetan: རྫོགས་ཆེན་, Wylie: rdzogs chen).


Publications

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Tibetan

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Source

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