Khunu Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen
|Tenzin Gyaltsen Negi|
|Other names||Khunu Rinpoche
Negi Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen
|Died||February 20, 1977|
|Teacher||Khenpo shenga , khenpo kunpal ,kathok situ , Drikung Agon ,Dzongsar Khentse|
|Students||14th Dalai Lama, Drikung khandro , khenpo thupten , khenpo Konchok Gyalysen, HH Dilgo khentse ,Lamkhen gyalpo Rinpoche. [Karma Thinley Rinpoche]]|
Khunu Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen (Wylie: khu nu bla ma bstan 'dzin rgyal mtshan, 1894–1977), known also as Negi Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen (), was born in 1894 in the village of Sunam which lies in the forest-clad Kinnaur district of India in the western Himalayas. Khunu Rinpoche was neither a tulku nor a Buddhist monk but a layman (Wylie: dge bsnyen, Skt. upāsaka) who took the lay practitioner's vows .
He is renowned as one of the influential teachers in the Rimé (non-sectarian) movement within Tibetan Buddhism. A foremost scholar of Sanskrit and Classical Tibetan, Khunu Rinpoche traveled widely in Tibet and India disseminating essential teachings of Buddhist philosophy.
His students Drikung khandro ,Khenpo Konchok Gyaltsen, lamkhen Gyalpo Rinpoche include the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. Although the Dalai Lama had other highly qualified teachers and debate partners for religious matters the philosophical concepts which seemed still not clear enough to him he used to discuss with Khunu Lama. Among several teachings that the Dalai Lama received from Khunu Rinpoche was the celebrated Bodhisattvacaryāvatāra of Shantideva. The Dalai Lama called him the “Shantideva of our time”.
Two reincarnations of Khunu Lama have been identified, both of whom are teachers in the Buddhist tradition. Jangchhub Nyima was born to a Tibetan father and Danish mother and currently teaches in India and Denmark. Tenzin Priyadarshi was born into a family of Brahmin parents in Bihar, India and is known for his continued interest in Sanskrit Buddhist literature and was the first Buddhist Chaplain at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Dodin, Thierry (1993). "Negi Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen: A preliminary account of the life of a modern Buddhist saint". In Osmaston, Henry. Recent research on Ladakh 6: Proceedings of the Sixth International Colloquium on Ladakh, Leh 1993. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass (published 1997). ISBN 8120814320. OCLC 243896748.
- Pitkin, Anabella (2012). "Lineage, Authority and Innovation: The Biography of Khunu Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen". In Tuttle, Gray. Mapping the Modern in Tibet. PIATS 2006: Proceedings of the Eleventh Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies. Institute for Tibetan and Buddhist Studies GmbH. ISBN 978-3-03809-111-0.
- Pitkin, Anabella (2009). "Practicing Philosophy: The Intellectual Biography of Khunu Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen (Ph.D.). Columbia.
- Pitkin, Anabella (2004). "Cosmopolitanism in the Himalayas: The intellectual and spiritual journeys of Khu nu bLa ma sTan 'dzin rgyal mtshan and his Sikkimese teacher, Khang gsar ba bLa ma O rgyan bstan 'dzin Rin po che" (PDF). Bulletin of Tibetology. Gangtok: Namgyal Institute of Tibetology. 40 (2): 5–24. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
- Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche (n.d.). "Sunlight Blessings That Cure the Longing of Remembrance: A Biography of the Omniscient Khunu Mahāsattva, Tenzin Gyeltsen" (PDF). Sugatagarbha Translations. Erick Tsiknopoulos and Mike Dickman (translators). Retrieved 2014-08-02. External link in
- "Khunu Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen". RigpaWiki. Rigpa. n.d. Retrieved 2014-08-02.
- Negi Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen – A preliminary account of the life of a modern Buddhist saint by Thierry Dodin
- Khunu Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen at Rigpa Wiki
- Sunlight Blessings that Cure the Longing of Remembrance: A Biography of the Omniscient Khunu Mahāsattva, Tenzin Gyeltsen (Khunu Lama Rinpoche), by Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche, translated from Tibetan by Erick Tsiknopoulos and Mike Dickman
- The One-Page Prayer: A Prayer to Khunu Lama Rinpoche Composed by Khunu Lama Rinpoche Himself, Translated from Tibetan by Erick Tsiknopoulos