Khenpo Shedup Ogen Kalsang Rinpoche

Khenpo Ogen Kalsang Rinpoche is a teacher and scholar of the Dudjom Tersar lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Starting in his youth, Khenpo trained as a monk at Samye Memorial Institute in Kathmandu, Nepal under the guidance of His Eminence Yeshe Sangpo Rinpoche. There he completed sutra and tantra studies according to the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and achieved his Khenpo title. For the past 15 years, Khenpo has been teaching monastics at the institute, primarily in higher tantras and classical texts. From 1994 to 2005, he studied outer and inner tantras and The Great Perfection. From 2005 to 2011, he completed a number of traditional retreats devoted to preliminary practices (ngöndro) and the main practices of the creation and completion stages of The Great Perfection. Based on the Dudjom lineage, Khenpo’s main teachers are His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, His Holiness Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, and His Eminence Yeshe Sangpo Rinpoche. Khenpo is connected to many teachers within the pure lineages of old and new schools of Tibetan Buddhism, such as the Nyingthik tradition of Great Perfection from H.H. Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche. After years of service, HE Yeshe Sangpo Rinpoche has given Khenpo permission to teach Buddhadharma publicly as a Dudjom lineage holder.

These days Khenpo is expanding his teaching to include laypeople from across Asia, Europe, and the United States. From his home in Kathmandu, he teaches online and in person in both Tibetan and English. Khenpo is currently guiding his Vietnamese sangha in accumulating one million Green Tara mantras for the benefit of sentient beings during these trying times. Khenpo has recently begun a relationship with the village of Thulopatal, Nepal, where he will offer guidance as their primary lama. Furthermore, at the request of his Nepali students, Khenpo has begun preliminary plans to build a small monastery in Kathmandu.

When he’s not teaching, Khenpo translates precious sadhanas and prayers from the Dudjom Tersar tradition into English for his students. Khenpo is also a consultant for the Khyentse Vision Project, headed by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, which is translating the complete works of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. Whether he is with monastics, lay practitioners, or scholars, Khenpo works tirelessly with the pure intention of preserving authentic Tibetan Buddhist traditions and spreading the Buddhadharma teachings of compassion and wisdom.


Khenpo at Dudjom Rinpoche's relic temple in Katmandu.