Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche
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Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche (Tibetan: དཔལ་ལྡན་ཤེས་རབ་, Wylie: dpal ldan shes rab) (May 10, 1938 – June 19, 2010), called Khen Rinpoche, is a teacher, a scholar, a lama, and a Dzogchen master in the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. He was considered by Penor Rinpoche to be one of the most learned Nyingma scholars alive. Among other highly notable activities, he founded the first nunnery in Deer Park (Sarnath), the Orgyen Samye Chokhor Ling Nunnery.
Born in Kham, Tibet, Khen Rinpoche escaped invading Chinese forces in 1960 to arrive in India where he joined other monastic leaders to collect and salvage Tibetan Buddhist teachings carried by the exile community. He was appointed as the Nyingma professor at the Central University of Tibetan Studies, in 1967. Khen Rinpoche's root lamas are Dudjom Rinpoche, Penor Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse, and his main lineages are Mipham Rinpoche's textual teachings and Terton Tsasum Lingpa's revealed Tersar. He also considered his shedra teacher Khenpo Ashe as very kind.
A close student of Dudjom Rinpoche, Khen Rinpoche taught in France and in the United States. Khen Rinpoche founded Padmasambava Buddhist Center in upstate New York, U.S., which grew to include monasteries and centers in Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, India and Russia. He designed and managed the construction of the retreat centers, monasteries and a nunnery, and the Miracle Stupa in India. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche's seat is Orgyen Samye Chokhor Ling Nunnery in Sarnath. The Yangsi Rinpoche was born in Nepal, and enthroned in India as Palden Yonten Thaye Lodro Choyki Gyaltsen.
Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche was born in the village of Joephu (Tibetan: རྒྱུས་ཕུ་, Wylie: rgyus phu) on 10 May 1938, in the year of the Earth Tiger. Joephu is 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). His father was Lama Chimed Namgyal Rinpoche, and his siblings included two sisters and a brother, and his grandparents were respected scholars and practitioners. Per local traditions, his family was seasonally nomadic, and Khen Rinpoche's mother, Pema Lhadze, introduced him to the monk Lama Ahtsok, on solitary retreat in a nearby cave. From Lama Ahtsok he received Chetsun Nyingtik.
Khen Rinpoche entered monastic studies at 6 years of age at the Nyingma Gochen Monastery (Tibetan: སྒོ་ཆེན་སྒོམ་, Wylie: sgo chen sgom), which was founded in the late 17th century by the treasure revealer and crazy wisdom Terton Tsasum Lingpa. Followers believe Tsasum Lingpa is a reincarnation of Nubchen Sangye Yeshe, one of Padmasambhava's twenty-five close students, and that Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche is an emanation of Nubchen Sangye Yeshe. While at Gochen Monastery, Khen Rinpoche was considered famous for reading very fast, and was thought of as somewhat crazy. Khen Rinpoche's nickname was "The Cyclone" due to his constant activities.
Gochen Monastery had been administered for generations by Khen Rinpoche's family. At the age of 12, Khen Rinpoche was invited to attend Riwoche Monastery's shedra, where he could also be groomed to take over as the khenpo, or abbot, of Gochen Monastery. Khen Rinpoche then entered the Taklung Kagyu school's Riwoche Monastery, in the Riwoche (Tibetan: རི་བོ་ཆེ་, Wylie: ri bo che) region of Kham, where his record of scholarly capabilities was established. He received lineage teachings of Mipham Rinpoche and of Katok Monastery through his shedra teacher Khenpo Ashe, and also received Longchenpa's Seven Treasuries, three volumes of Rongzompa, and the teachings of Katokpa Dampa Deshek, Katok Khempo Nyakchung, and Getse Mahapandita. Just prior to China's invasion of eastern Tibet, he completed the shedra's monastic university at Riwoche Monastery, which further included the subjects of philosophy, astrology, medicine and Sanskrit in addition to the major Buddhist texts. Khen Rinpoche was considered very learned by his class mates.
During the winter of 1960 after China's invasion, Khen Rinpoche left the monastery to join his family as they escaped into the Himalayan mountains. With India as their destination, they evaded and escaped from capture on three occasions, notably also at Pemako (known as Nyingtri today). His youngest sister Ting Ting Karmo died. Another sister Yangzom and his mother both died after arriving at a refugee camp in Assam, India. Khen Rinpoche's father Lama Chimed, and his brother Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche, survived.
After the escape and Assam, they arrived at another Indian refugee camp at Kalimpong and lived with other Tibetans fleeing from Chinese forces, where Khen Rinpoche taught each day from the Prajnaparamita, from Mipham Rinpoche, and from the verses of grammar in the Sumtak. They afterward moved to another camp in Darjeeling for six months, where Khen Rinpoche continued giving teachings from Mipham's commentaries, from Shantideva's Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicharyavatara) and from the Sumtak to the exile community. They continued travels to Bodhgaya then to Tso Pema, and Khen Rinpoche continued to teach, which people seemed to appreciate.
In 1964, Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche received full ordination three years after his escape.
In Mussoorie in 1965, Dudjom Rinpoche requested that Khen Rinpoche join as the Nyingma representative a year-long conference of scholars, overseen by the 14th Dalai Lama, from the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Khunu Tenzin Gyaltsen Rinpoche was the main teacher for the conference dedicated to protecting the culture and spiritual heritage of Tibet. Their focus was also recovering sacred texts missing or destroyed in the struggle with China. Khen Rinpoche was responsible for salvaging thousands of texts and commentaries, and the complete Tibetan cycle of Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhist teachings was recovered. At that time he also received important teachings from Khunu Rinpoche.
In 1967, the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, (later renamed as Central University for Tibetan Studies), which resulted from the conference, opened in Varanasi. Khen Rinpoche was appointed by his root lama Dudjom Rinpoche to found the university and to represent the Nyingma school, and from Dudjom Rinpoche he received transmissions of Nyingma Kama and all Nyingma Terma, both oral transmissions and commentaries on the Guhyagarbha Tantra, and all empowerments, transmissions and oral instructions of the Dudjom Tersar.
For a time Khen Rinpoche was the only professor and administrator of the Nyingma Department, where he taught for 17 years, up to 13 classes a day in the first years while writing the text from Mipham Rinpoche on a blackboard. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and other Nyingma teachers were pleased with his role and extended more teaching opportunities at other occasions. Dilgo Khyentse bestowed Chogyur Lingpa's Terma, Jigme Lingpa's Nyingtik Tsapo, and both oral transmissions and commentaries on the Guhyagarbha Tantra to Khen Rinpoche, and became his root lama.
Khen Rinpoche was also a teacher in the Tibetan department at the Government Sanskrit College in Varanasi. In 1984, he drafted the basis for the commentary, "The Radiant Light of the Sun and Moon", which was published by the Central University.
When the iron bird flies and horses run on wheels, the dharma will come to the land of the red man.
- prophecy attributed to
- Guru Padmasambhava
Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche first traveled to the United States in 1980 with his brother, Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche, at the behest of Dr Rhoda P. Lecocq of California. In Vermont, connections were established between Dudjom Rinpoche, Khen Rinpoche, and his brother, and Venerable Khandro Dhyani Ywahoo of the Native American Cherokee tribe at the Sunray Meditation Society. The connection also fulfills both Guru Padmasambhava's prophecy of "when the iron bird flys" and the red man, and a Native American Hopi tribal prophecy of white brothers coming and wearing a "red cap or red cloak".
In 1981, Khen Rinpoche replaced his brother as Khenpo of Dudjom Rinpoche's Dorje Nyingpo center in Paris, France, due to Khenpo Tsewang's problems with travel documents. Then in 1984, Khen Rinpoche moved to follow and attend their root lama Dudjom Rinpoche in New York and then California, and taught at Yeshe Nyingpo while making connections with Western students during a growth of interest in Buddhism.
In 1985, Khen Rinpoche founded Dharma Samudra, a non-profit publishing organization in Boulder, Colorado, and with his brother published 11 volumes on Terton Tsasum Lingpa as the inaugural publication. Since then, Sky Dancer Press, Snow Lion Publishing, Wisdom Press, and Shambhala Publishing have worked with his books.
As a highly accomplished scholar, Khen Rinpoche has written and published numerous scholarly and respected texts on Tibetan history, on Biographies of Vajrayana masters, on the Tibetan language and grammar, on poetry, and on logic. His bibliography of published works also includes texts on Buddhist philosophy, numerous lineage practice sadanas, as well as highly accomplished text and commentary on Vajrayana tantra.
In 1989, Khen Rinpoche founded the Padmasambhava Buddhist Center and its main retreat center and monastery is Palden Pema Samye Ling, (Tibetan: དཔལ་ལྡན་པདྨ་བསམ་ཡས་གླིང་, Wylie: dpal ldan pad+ma bsam yas gling) located in Sidney Center, Delaware County, New York.
Afterwards, Khen Rinpoche directed large design and building projects at monasteries, a nunnery, and at retreat centers. As inspired and blessed by Dudjom Rinpoche, land in Sarnath was purchased in 1972, and construction began in 1990 for Padma Samye Chokhor Ling Monastery, which was consecrated in 1995.
Simultaneously during the 1990s, Palden Padma Samye Ling Monastery and Retreat Center in upstate New York was being built and expanded. He and his brother were referred to as "The Khenpo Brothers" by western Buddhist practitioners, as Khen Rinpoche gave commentary, empowerments and transmissions of Nyingma Kama and Terma lineages, for which his brother Khenpo Tsewang provided translations. Padmasambhava Buddhist Center later grew to include 20 retreat centers and monastic institutions in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, Russia, Mexico and India.
As the first Buddhist nunnery in the history since Buddha Shakyamuni's teachings at Sarnath, Orgyen Samye Chokhor Ling Nunnery was opened by Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche in March 2003 and consecrated on Lha Bab Duchen, 12 November 2006, and blessed by the Maha Bodhi Vihara and Society, among other Buddhist institutions. Then in 2004 at Jetavan Grove in Shravasti, where Buddha Shakyamuni spent the rainy seasons in retreat and performed miracles, Khen Rinpoche created the Miracle Stupa for World Peace at Padma Samye Jetavan, as a restoration and commemoration of the original Miracle Stupa. Its reliquary contains sacred objects from the Buddha, from Padmasambhava and Yeshe Tsogyal, from Vajrayana masters Longchempa and Dudjom Rinpoche, and contains a collection of Nyingma Termas.
Khen Rinpoche continued to receive transmissions and empowerments, notably Mipham Rinpoche's Kalachakra lineage from HH Kyabje Penor Rinpoche in 2007, from whom he also received the Sky Teachings and the Rinchen Terdzo. He also received numerous Kadam empowerments, transmissions, and instructions from the HH 14th Dalai Lama, and received the Vajrakilaya Terma, the Treasury of Knowledge, and the transmission of Longchen Nyingtik from Dzigar Kongtrul Lodro Rabpel. Khen Rinpoche also received the Longchen Nyingtik, and the entire cycle of Terma of the great Tertön Lhatsun Namkha Jigme from the primary lineage holder Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche.
In eastern Tibet, Khen Rinpoche also began the rebuilding of Gochen Monastery, which had been destroyed after the Chinese invasion of Kham, and a monastery building has been completed. The Riwoche Monastery had likewise been destroyed during the invasion, and afterwards.
Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche passed into paranirvana on Saturday, 19 June 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, 23 June 2010. He was cremated on Thursday, 24 June 2010. His chorten was built and consecrated at Orgyen Samye Chokor Ling Nunnery in Sarnath.
In this life as a highly accomplished and realized Vajrayana Nyingma master, he received lineage teachings, recognition, honors, and appointments from Dudjom Rinpoche, the 14th Dalai Lama, Dilgo Khyentse, the head of the Nyingma school Penor Rinpoche, and other Tibetan spiritual leaders and high lamas. Penor Rinpoche stated Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche was the most learned Nyingma scholar presently alive.
Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche held full knowledge in the Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana schools, and held transmissions in Nyingma Kama and Terma lineages. His main lineages were Mipham Rinpoche's texts and Terton Tsasum Lingpa's Terdzo. And as a Dzogchen master, Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche was particularly well known and respected for his texts and teachings on Dzogchen (Tibetan: རྫོགས་ཆེན་, Wylie: rdzogs chen).
The search for the Yangsi Rinpoche of Khenchen was undertaken. He was located in Nepal, where he was born. In 2019, he was enthroned in India by Terton Namkha Drimed Rinpoche, and given the name Palden Yonten Thaye Lodro Chokyi Gyaltsen. His seat is the Orgyen Samye Chokhor Ling Nunnery in India.
Teachers and Lineages
- Dudjom Jigdral Yeshe Dorje - considered a root lama
- Kyabje Penor Rinpoche - considered a root lama
- Dilgo Khyentse Tashi Paljor considered a root lama
- The 14th Dalai Lama
- Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok
- Dzigar Kongtrul Lodro Rabphel
- Dodrupchen Rinpoche
- Chatral Rinpoche
- Nyala Sherab Ozer, or Nya Lama, or Nyarong Lama
- Khenchen Thubten Tsondru
- Khunu Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen Rinpoche
- Kangyur Rinpoche: at Riwoche Monastery
- Khenpo Ashe (or Khenpo Tendzin Dragpa, or Riwoche Khenpo Dragpa Jangchub): at Riwoche Monastery
- Lama Nyima Ozer: at Gochen Monastery - bestowed Tsasum Lingpa Tersar
- Lama Ahtsok: at Gochen Monastery - bestowed Chetsun Nyingtik
- Primary textual lineage is of Mipham Rinpoche, including the Kalachakra Tantra, Chetsun Nyingtik, and the Katok Monastery Mipham lineage teachings
- Primary Terma lineage is of Terton Tsasum Lingpa Terkor
- Complete Nyingma Precious Treasury Terma lineage, and the Nyingma Kama lineage
Specific lineages also include:
- Longchen Rabjam's Longchen Nyingtik, Seven Treasuries, Chokchu Munsel
- Jigme Lingpa Nyingtik
- Nyingtik Yabshi
- Migyur Dorje
- Sangye Lingpa Terkor
- Jatson Nyingpo Chodruk
- Ratna Lingpa Terdzo
- Karma Lingpa
- Choghur Lingpa
- Rinchen Terdzo
- Chokling Tersar
- Tertön Lhatsun Namkha Jigme
- Taklung Kagyu, Jedrung Champa Jungne
- Kadampa teachings, transmissions, instructions, including the Kalachakra Tantra
A list of few teachings and talks whose transcriptions are available online:
- The Eight Manifestations of Guru Padmasambhava, May 1992. 
- The Seven Treasures of the Nobel Ones, June 2005. 
- Dakini Teachings: Heap of Precious Jewels. 
- Zhi-Khro Teachings: Karma Lingpa's Terma on the Six Bardos. 
- A Talk: The Dzogchen Approach to Meditation, 1987. 
- A Talk: The Three Kayas, 09 December 1989. 
- A Talk: Kinder than the Buddha, 1995. 
- A Talk: Devotion, 10 November 1996. 
- An Interview: Guru Padmasambhava and Ngondro.
Commentary texts on Vayrayana and Nyingma school teachings and philosophy include English, Tibetan, and Spanish language texts. Shedra texts are also listed.
English Language Commentary Texts
- Khenchen Palden Sherab. Prajnaparamita: The Six Perfections. Sky Dancer Press, 1990. ISBN 1-880975-00-9
- Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche, The Commentary on Mipham's Sherab Raltri: The Blazing Lights of the Sun and Moon, Turtle Hill Sangha transcription of translation, 
- Khenchen Palden Sherab. The Commentary on Mipham's Sherab Raltri Entitled: The Blazing Lights of the Sun and Moon. Dharma Samudra, 1997.
- Khenchen Palden Sherab. The Smile of Sun and Moon: A Commentary on the Praise to the Twenty-One Taras, Translated by Anna Orlova. Sky Dancer Press, 2004. ISBN 1-880975-07-6
- Khenchen Palden Sherab and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal. Door to Inconceivable Wisdom and Compassion. Sky Dancer, 1996.
- Khenchen Palden Sherab and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal. Lion's Gaze: A Commentary on Tsig Sum Nedek. Sky Dancer Press, 1998. ISBN 1-880975-05-X
- Khenchen Palden Sherab and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal. Ceaseless Echoes of Great Silence. Sky Dancer Press, 1999. ISBN 1-880975-02-5
- Khenchen Palden Sherab and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal. Opening To Our Primordial Nature. Snow Lion Publications, 2006. ISBN 1-55939-249-5
- Khenchen Palden Sherab and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal. Tara's Enlightened Activity: An Oral Commentary on The Twenty-one Praises to Tara. Snow Lion Publications, 2007. ISBN 1-55939-287-8
- Khenchen Palden Sherab and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal. Illuminating the Path: Ngondro Instructions According to the Nyingma School of Vajrayana Buddhism. Padmasambhava Buddhist Center, 2008.
- Khenchen Palden Sherab and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal. The Dark Red Amulet: Oral Instructions of the Practice of Vajrakilaya. Snow Lion Publications, 2008. ISBN 1-55939-311-4
- Khenchen Palden Sherab and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal. Beauty of Awakened Mind: Dzogchen Lineage of Shigpo Dudtsi. Dharma Samudra, 2013.
Padma Samye Ling Shedra Texts
- Khenchen Palden Sherab and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal. Opening the Clear Vision of the Vaibhashika and Sautrantika Schools. PSL Shedra Series, Volume 1, Dharma Samudra, 2007.
- Khenchen Palden Sherab and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal. Opening the Clear Vision of the Mind Only School. PSL Shedra Series, Volume 2, Dharma Samudra, 2007.
- Khenchen Palden Sherab and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal. Opening the Wisdom Door of the Madhyamaka School. PSL Shedra Series, Volume 3, Dharma Samudra, 2008.
- Khenchen Palden Sherab and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal. Opening the Wisdom Door of the Rangtong and Shentong Views: A Brief Explanation of the One Taste of the Second and Third Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma. PSL Shedra Series, Volume 4, Dharma Samudra, 2009.
- Khenchen Palden Sherab and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal. Opening the Wisdom Door of the Outer Tantras: Refining Awareness Through Ascetic Ritual and Purification Practice. PSL Shedra Series, Volume 5, Dharma Samudra, 2009.
- Khenchen Palden Sherab and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal. Splendid Presence of the Great Guhyagarbha: Opening the Wisdom Door of the King of All Tantras. PSL Shedra Series, Volume 6, Dharma Samudra, 2011.
- Khenchen Palden Sherab and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal. Key to Opening the Wisdom Door of Anuyoga. PSL Shedra Series, Volume 7, Dharma Samudra, 2015.
- Khenchen Palden Sherab. Turning the Wisdom Wheel of the Nine Golden Chariots. PSL Shedra Series, Volume 8, Dharma Samudra, 2011. (From a 1987 teaching in Australia)
English and Tibetan Language Commentary Texts
Tibetan Language Commentary Texts
- Khenchen Palden Sherab. Radiant Light of the Sun and Moon. Central University for Tibetan Studies. Varanasi, India: 1986.
- The Blazing Lights of the Sun and Moon (Tibetan: དོན་རྣམ་རྣམ་པར་ངེས་པ་ཤེས་རབ་རལ་གྲིའི་འགྲེལ་པ་ཤེས་རབ་ཉི་ཟླ་འབར་བའི་སྒྲོན་མེ།, Wylie: don rnam par nges pa shes rab ral gri'i 'grel pa shes rab nyi zla 'bar ba'i sgron me/)
- Pleasure Lake of Nagarjuna's Intention (Tibetan: དབུ་མ་སྤྱིའི་དོན་རྣམ་པར་གཞག་པ་ཀླུ་སྒྲུབ་དགོངས་པའི་རོལ་མཚོ།, Wylie: dbu ma spyi'i don rnam par gzhag pa klu sgrub dgongs pa'i rol mtsho/)
- Supreme Clear Mirror (Tibetan: ཚད་མའི་མདོ་ཀུན་ལས་བཏུས་པའི་མཆོད་བརྗོད་ཀྱི་རྣམ་འགྲེལ་ལེའུ་གཉིས་པའི་བསྟན་པ་དང་སྟོན་པ་ཚད་མར་གྲུབ་པའི་དངོས་སྟོབས་རིགས་པའི་དགུ་ཚིགས་སྐྱ་མོ།, Wylie: tshad ma'i mdo kun las btus pa'i mchod brjod kyi rnam 'grel le'u gnis pa'i bstan pa dang ston pa tshad mar grub pa'i dngos stobs rigs pa'i dgu tshigs skya mo/)
- The Ornament of Stars at Dawn (Tibetan: ཉི་ཤུ་པའི་མཆན་འགྲེལ་གྱི་ས་བཅད་ཐོ་རངས་སྐར་རྒྱན།, Wylie: nyi shu pa'i mchan 'grel gyi sa bcad tho rangs skar rgyan/)
- The Mirror of Mindfulness (Tibetan: རྒྱལ་དབང་སངས་རྒྱས་པདམའི་གདམས་ངག་བར་དོའི་རྣམ་བཤད་དྲན་པའི་མེ་ལོང།, Wylie: rgyal dbang sangs rgyas padma'i gdams ngag bar do'i rnam bshad dran pa'i me long/)
- Naturally Blazing Great Bliss (Tibetan: གཏུམ་མོའི་རྣམ་བཤད་བདེ་ཆེན་རང་འབར།, Wylie: gtum mo'i rnam bshad bde chen rang 'bar/)
- Clouds of Blessings (Tibetan: རྩ་གསུམ་གླིང་པའི་གསོལ་འདེབས་ཀྱི་འགྲེལ་ཆུང་བྱིན་བརླབས་སྤྲིན་ཕུང།, Wylie: rtsa gsum gling pa'i gsol 'debs kyi 'grel chung byin brlabs sprin phung/)
- White Lotus (Tibetan: གུ་རུའི་གསོལ་འདེབས་བསམ་པ་ལྷུན་གྲུབ་དང་བར་ཆད་ལམ་སེལ་བསྡུས་པའི་ཚིག་གི་འགྲེལ་པ་པདམ་དཀར་པོ།, Wylie: gu ru'i gsol 'debs bsam pa lhun grub dang bar chad lam sel bsdus pa'i tshig gi 'grel pa padma dkar po/)
- The Essence of Diamond Clear Light (Tibetan: རྫོགས་པ་ཆེན་པོ་ཀུན་བཟང་དགོངས་པ་ཟང་ཐལ་རྒྱུད་ལས་སྨོན་ལམ་སྟོབས་པོ་ཆེའི་བསྡུས་དོན་འོད་གསལ་རྡོ་རྗེ་སྙིང་པོ་ཉི་མའི་གཟི་འོད།, Wylie: rdzogs pa chen po kun bzang dgongs pa zang thal rgyud las smon lam stobs po che'i bsdus don 'od gsal rdo rje snying po nyi ma'i gzi 'od/)
- Taking Kindness as Path (Tibetan: རྒྱལ་བ་བྱམས་པའི་སྨོན་ལམ་བྱམས་པ་ལམ་ཁྱེར།, Wylie: rgyal ba byams pa'i smon lam byams pa lam khyer/)
- Opening the Eyes of Wisdom (Tibetan: གནུབས་ཆེན་སངས་རྒྱས་ཡེ་ཤེས་ཀྱི་བསམ་གཏན་མིག་སྒྲོན་ལེའུ་རྣམས་ཀྱི་སྤྱི་བཤད་མདོར་བསྡུས་ཤེས་རབ་མིག་འབྱེད།, Wylie: gnubs chen sangs rgyas ye shes kyi bsam gtan mig sgron le'u rnams kyi spyi bshad mdor bsdus shes rab mig 'byed/) a commentary on the Samten Migdron
- Blazing Clouds of Wisdom and Compassion (Tibetan: གསང་སྔགས་ཡིག་བརྒྱ་པའི་རྡོ་རྗེའི་ཚིག་འགྲེལ་ཤེས་རབ་སྙིང་རྗེའི་འབར་བའི་སྤྲིན་ཕུང།, Wylie: gsang sngags yig brgya pa'i rdo rje'i tshig 'grel shes rab snying rje'i 'bar ba'i sprin phung/)
- Advice from Kamalashila (Tibetan: རྡོ་རྗེ་གཅོད་པའི་བསྡུས་དོན་འགྲེལ་པ་ཀ་མ་ལ་ཤི་ལའི་ཞལ་ལུང།, Wylie: rdo rje gcod pa'i bsdus don 'grel pa ka ma la shi la'i zhal lung/)
- The Diamond Sutra, with an outline based on the above commentary (Tibetan: འཕགས་པ་ཤེས་རབ་ཀྱི་ཕ་རོལ་ཏུ་ཕྱིན་པ་རྡོ་རྗེ་གཅོད་པའི་ས་བཅད་བསྡུས་་པ།, Wylie: 'phags pa shes rab kyi pha rol tu phyin pa rdo rje gcod pa'i sa bcad bsdus pa/)
- Advice from the Ancestral Vidyadhara (Tibetan: ལམ་རིམ་རིན་ཆེན་སྤུངས་པའི་བསྡུས་དོན་སྔ་འགྱུར་རིག་འཛིན་མྱེས་པོའི་ཞལ་ལུང།, Wylie: lam rim rin chen spungs pa'i bsdus don snga 'gyur rig 'dzin myes po'i zhal lung/)
- Smiling Red Lotus (Tibetan: མཁའ་འགྲོའི་གཙོ་མོ་ཡེ་ཤེས་མཚོ་རྒྱལ་གསོལ་འདེབས་འགྲེལ་ཆུང་པདམ་དམར་པོ་བཞད་པ།, Wylie: mkha' 'gro'i gtso mo ye shes mtsho rgyal gsol 'debs 'grel chung padma dmar po bzhad pa/)
- Lotus Necklace of Devotion (Tibetan: མཁན་ཆེན་བསྟན་འཛིན་གྲགས་པའི་རྣམ་ཐར་དད་ལྡན་པདམའི་དོ་ཤལ།, Wylie: mkhan chen bstan 'dzin grags pa'i rnam thar dad ldan padma'i do shal/)
- Waves of the Ocean of Devotion (Tibetan: གནུབས་ཆེན་སངས་རྒྱས་ཡེ་ཤེས་ཀྱི་རྣམ་པར་ཐར་པ་ལ་བསྟོད་པ་དད་པ་རྒྱ་མཚོའི་རྦ་རླབས།, Wylie: gnubs chen sangs rgyas ye shes kyi rnam par thar pa la bstod pa dad pa rgya mtsho'i rba rlabs/)
- Vajra Rosary (Tibetan: གནུབས་ཆེན་སངས་རྒྱས་ཡེ་ཤེས་ཀྱི་སྐྱེས་རབས་རིག་འཛིན་རྣམས་ཀྱི་གསོལ་འདེབས་རྣམ་ཐར་མདོར་བསྡུས་བཀོད་པ་རྡོ་རྗེའི་ཕྲེང་བ།, Wylie: gnubs chen sangs rgyas ye shes kyi skyes rabs rig 'dzin rnams kyi gsol 'debs rnam thar mdor bsdus bkod pa rdo rje'i phreng ba/)
- Opening the Door of Blessings (Tibetan: མ་གཅིག་ལབས་སྒྲོན་གྱི་རྣམ་ཐར་བསྡུས་པ་བྱིན་རླབས་སྒོ་འབྱེད།, Wylie: ma gcig labs sgron gyi rnam thar bsdus pa byin rlabs sgo 'byed/)
- Cycle of Poems (Tibetan: ཚིགས་བཅད་སྐོར།, Wylie: tshigs bcad skor/)
- Cycle of Prayers (Tibetan: གསོལ་འདེབས་སྐོར།, Wylie: gsol 'debs skor/)
- Verses of Auspiciousness (Tibetan: ཤིས་སྨོན་སྐོར།, Wylie: shis smon skor/)
- Cycle of Sadhanas (Tibetan: སྒྲུབ་ཐབས་སྐོར།, Wylie: sgrub thabs skor/)
Spanish Language Commentary Texts
- Khenchen Palden Sherab y Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal. La Luz del Dharma. Dharma Samudra, 2011.
- Khenchen Palden Sherab. Echos Incesantes del Gran Silencio: Un Comentario sobre la Prajñāpāramitā del Sūtra del Corazón. (Texto tibetano y traducción. Traducción del tibetano por Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal. Traducción al castellano, notas y glosario de Ferrán Maestanza i García. Ed Kairós.) Dharma Samudra, 2019. ISBN 978-84-7245-522-1
Works by others about Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche
- Three Praises To Khenchen Palden Sherab Entitled Melodious Sound of the Ocean of Devotion by Khenpo Pema Gyaltsen (Tibetan: རྗེ་བཙུན་བླ་མའི་བསྟོད་པ་མོས་གུས་རྒྱ་མཚོའི་དབྱངས་ཚིག།, Wylie: rje btsun bla ma'i bstod pa mos gus rgya mtsho'i dbyangs tshig/)
- Pema Mandala. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche, "The Radiant Light of the Sun and Moon". Translated by Ann Helm. Padmasambhava Buddhist Center newsletter, Spring/Summer 2014.
- Snow Lion Publications Biography, "Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche", Snow Lion, 2010.
- Contemporary Masters Biographies, "The Venerable Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche", Dharma Fellowship, 2010.
- Master's Biography, "Life and legacy of Venerable Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche", Padmasambhava Buddhist Center, 2010.
- Interview by Ann Helm, "Brilliant Lotus Garland of Glorious Wisdom: A Glimpse Into the Ancient Lineage of Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche", January 2006, Padmasambhava Buddhist Center
- Turtle Hill Sangha Biography, "Palden Tsawa'I Lama Rinpoche: The Teacher", with links to teachings by Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche
- Mardi Junkins, How 'The Cyclone' came to the West, Published also in Snow Lion Newsletter
- Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center Biography notes
- Buddhist Digital Resource Center Biography
- Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center Blog Biography, "Remembering Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche"
- Dharma Fellowship, Khenchen Palden Sherab, Contemporary Master Biographies, http://www.dharmafellowship.org/biographies/contemporarymasters/khenchen-palden-sherab.htm
- Orgyen Samye Chokhor Ling Nunnery, https://www.padmasambhava.org/orgyen-samye-chokhor-ling-nunnery/
- Tsasum Lingpa, http://www.turtlehill.org/cleanup/khen/tsa.html
- Rangjun Yeshe Wiki, Namchak [Terton] Tsasum Lingpa, http://rywiki.tsadra.org/index.php/Namchak_Tsasum_Lingpa
- Anna Orlova. The Collected Works of Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche, Volume 1. Skydancer Press; Boca Raton, FL.
- Turtle Hill Sangha web site, http://www.turtlehill.org/cleanup/khen/zkpsr.html
- Snow Lion Publications, Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche, https://web.archive.org/web/20080808113152/http://www.snowlionpub.com/pages/Khenchen_Palden_Sherab.html
- Ann Helm. Interview of Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche. Lineage of Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche. January 2006.
- Padma Dorje, Excerpts, http://www.turtlehill.org/cleanup/khen/tiss.html
- Palm Beach Dharma Center, https://www.pbdc.net/buddhism/
- Tibetan Association of Santa Fe, http://www.taosf.org
- Antonio Lopez, From the Roof of the World to the Land of Enchantment: The Tibet-Pueblo Connection, Summer 1997, https://tricycle.org/magazine/roof-world-land-enchantment-tibet-pueblo-connection/
- Mardi Junkins, How 'The Cyclone' came to the West, Published also in Snow Lion Newsletter, https://www.sacred-texts.com/bud/tib/kpsktd.htm
- Sunray Meditation Society & Sunray Peace Village, History, https://sunray.org/history/
- The Hopi prophecy, The Hopi message to the United Nations. (12/10/92), Rutgers University, http://crab.rutgers.edu/~omaha/NAI/Hopi_Prophecy.htm "We were told that three helpers who were commissioned by the Great Spirit to help Hopi bring about the peaceful life on earth would appear to help us and that we should not change our homes, our ceremonials, our hair, because the true helpers might not recognize us as the true Hopi. So we have been waiting all these years." and "It is known that our True White Brother, when he comes, will be all powerful and will wear a red cap or red cloak. He will be large in population and belong to no religion but his very own. He will bring with him the sacred stone tablets. With him there will be two great ones, both very wise and powerful."
- Palden Samye Chokhor Ling Monastery, https://www.padmasambhava.org/padma-samye-chokhor-ling-monastery/
- Miracle Stupa for World Peace, https://www.padmasambhava.org/padma-samye-jetavan-the-miracle-stupa-for-world-peace/
- Ranjung Yeshe Wiki, "Khenchen Palden Sherab" http://rywiki.tsadra.org/index.php/Khenpo_Palden_Sherab
- Padmasambhava Buddhist Center website, with links to international centers and publications by Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche
- Skydancer Press. Collected Works of Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche.
- Khenpo Palden Sherab Rinpoche, A Dzogchen Approach to Meditation, January 2002
- The Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches, Morning Dawn Study Series, Pe-mai Chiso
- Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche's works at Shambhala Publications