Tsenshab Rinpoche was born in the province of Amdo – eastern Tibet – in
1926, and at age six was recognized as the reincarnation of the former
abbot of the Kirti Gompa. At the age of nine, He was ordained as a
monk. Rinpoche received teachings from many high Lamas of the Tibetan
Lama Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche is one of the holders of the tantra of
Kalachakra lineage, having received that empowerment when he was 14
years old. At the age of 32 and having completed his monastic studies
he was appointed as the Abbot of Kirti.
After escaping from Tíbet in 1959, Kirti Tsenshab
Rinpoche taught Tibetan orphans at the Tibetan Children's Village,
Dharamsala, India. At the age of 45 he began a fifteen-year meditation
retreat in a small stone hermitage above Dharamsala, "big enough for a
bed, prostrations, and a stove". He spent seven years in meditation on
Lam Rim, three years on "Seven Point Thought Transformation", and some
generation and completion stage tantra. Two years were spent only on
generation and completion stages and in the final 3 years, Rinpoche
repeated all of the above.
has given Kalachakra commentary to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and is a
teacher of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Lama Zopa Rinpoche has said of Kirti
Tsenshab Rinpoche, "He is a great Kadampa master who shows real Kadampa
Tradition...so completely renounced. There's not one slightest worldy
activity, not the slightest eight world dharmas, no self cherishing
thought. Even talking, everything is as much as possible pleasing to
sentient being's minds."
Rinpoche has been giving teachings around the
world in many countries included: Australia, Germany, Holland, Hong
Kong, Italy, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, and the United States.
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