About Khenpo Karten Rinpoche
Khenpo Karten Rinpoche is of the Karma Kagyu Lineage and is also trained in the Nyingma Lineage. Rinpoche was born in Tibet and ordained as a novice monk at the age of twelve. He completed basic studies by age fifteen, then began studies of Sutra and Tantric texts with several accomplished masters for eight years. Subsequently Khenpo Karten Rinpoche went to the hermitage of the accomplished teacher, Sangye Tenzin Rinpoche and completed five years of retreat under his direction. In the retreat he mastered the practices of Naropa’s six yogas, Mahamudra, and many others. In recognition of his achievements, Sangye Tenzin Rinpoche gave him the title, Khenpo Karma Lekshe Tharchin in 1994. In 1996, he left Tibet and traveled to Dharamsala, India to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Upon His Holiness’ advice, he spent another two years doing retreat. H.H. Dalai Lama, also recognizing his achievement, bestowed upon him the title Khenpo Rinpoche.
Since 2002, Rinpoche visited and offered Amitabha teachings to thousands of people in Portland, Oregon, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Burma, Taiwan, Nepal, and India. He now lives and teaches at the Manjushri Dharma Center in Pacific Grove, California.
Rinpoche offers weekly “Dharma Bites,” brief written teachings and videos in the Manjushri Dharma Center Newsletter, sent via email each Monday. Keep up with Khenpo Karten and our sangha’s activities by subscribing to the MDC Newsletter. Keep connected and keep in touch!