Khenchen Namdrol Rinpoche
Khenchen Namdrol Rinpoche is one of the foremost living scholars of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and one of the three Khenchens (great abbots) overseeing the education at the Ngagyur Nyingma University at Namdroling Monastery. In 1998, he established the Palyul Three Year Retreat Center in Pharping, Nepal. Rigpa Shedra, an advanced Buddhist study programe for international students, runs in Nepal under his guidance.
He is known for his mastery of the study and practice of Vajrakilaya and is considered the foremost teacher of the Guhyagarbha Tantra (the root tantra of Nyingma Mahayoga). He has studied with and received transmissions from many renowned masters and teachers, such as H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, H.H. Penor Rinpoche, Kyabje Dodrupchen Rinpoche, Nyoshul Khenpo, Dzogchen Khenpo Tsöndru, Khenpo Rinchen, and Khenpo Dazer. In search of deeper teachings on the Tantra, he traveled back to Tibet. There he met and discovered an extremely close connection with H.H. Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche of Serthar Institute from whom he received many teachings.
Khenchen now spends much of his time at the Retreat Center in Nepal, as well as teaching abroad and at the Ngagyur Nyingma University.