Khenpo Sonam Phuntsho to be lama-in-residence around the globe 2014/2015

Published on 03 November 2014

Khenpo Sonam Phuntsho’s International Visit - 2014/2015

We are very pleased to announce that Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche has appointed Khenpo Sonam Phuntsho to be the lama-in-residence in various regions around the world for the next year, starting mid-November.

Rinpoche has instructed that Khenpo stay in one place for one to three months at a time in order to provide in-depth ongoing teachings and guidance to Rinpoche’s students worldwide. Khenpo is an excellent teacher, fluent in English and he has a deep understanding of the substance, content and depth of the teachings and practices, and of Rinpoche’s unique methods of communication.    Rinpoche says, "Even more important than the technical material, the actual teaching is important and Lama Sonam Phuntsho can actually assist with that".   So, Khenpo will open up the inner meaning and significance of the Vimai Ladrup and Chime Phagme Nyingthik sadhanas to Rinpoche’s students as well as offer other programs (to be determined).

Khenpo begins his global visit in Europe from mid-November 2014 to mid-January 2015.  For more info on this, please visit:

He will then go to Australia from late January to late March, and Singapore in April/May 2015.   He will then travel to North America, Taiwan and Hong Kong.   The exact dates and details for all of these visits will be provided as soon as we know more.

Your region will have more on the details, schedule and registration.   As soon as more information is available, please check the region’s SI website and/or with the organizers.  Certain programs will require empowerments.    If you are unable to attend the actual teachings, your region may arrange for you to participate online.

Stay tuned!

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Venerable Sonam Phuntsho

Sonam Phuntsho is one of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche's senior monks. He studied classical Buddhist philosophy at Dzongsar Institute for nine years, and he received his Khenpo degree from Rinpoche in 2013.    He has also completed a traditional 3-year meditation retreat in Bhutan.   He has worked on many translation projects under Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, including the Vimai Ladrub sadhana with Steve Cline as well as being on the translation team for the Chime Phagme Nyingthik sadhana.    He also translated the Ushnishavijaya sadhana text into English with Janine Schulz and he was involved in the translation of Khyentse Chokyi Lodro's biography by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche; the English version is projected to come out next year.   Khenpo currently resides in New Delhi,