Khenpo Sodargye

Khenpo Sodargye was born in the eastern region of Tibet known as Kham in 1962, and was ordained in 1985 at the renowned Larung Buddhist Institute, the largest Buddhist academy of its kind in the world, also in present-day Sichuan Province of the PRC. He trained closely with Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche, who was himself one of the great luminaries of his generation.

Khenpo Sodargye studied the traditional course of philosophical treatises and also received the entire corpus of Tibetan esoteric Buddhist transmissions. He was eventually placed in charge of the Institute where he became one of the principal teachers. He also served as Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche’s main translator for Chinese disciples and was assigned by Rinpoche to teach them.

Khenpo Sodargye has become one of the most eminent contemporary Buddhist masters. As a Tibetan lama, a Buddhist scholar and teacher, a prolific translator into Chinese, and a modern Buddhist thinker, he is renowned across Asia and the west for his interest in the integration of traditional Buddhist teachings with global issues and modern life.

He has lectured extensively across China and other parts of East, South, and Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand as well as Europe and North America. He has recently given lectures at a number of prestigious Universities including Peking University, Tsinghua, Harvard, Columbia, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, University of Toronto, McGill University, University of Auckland, Melbourne University, National University of Singapore, National Taiwan University, University of Hong Kong and University of Gottingen.

Khenpo often says, “I don’t know how long I can live, but even if there were only one listener, I would exert myself to benefit him with Dharma till my last breath.”

Recent Publications:

  • Living through Suffering
  • To Do Is to Gain
  • Cruelty Is Youth
  • The Cutter – A Commentary on the Diamond Sutra
  • Always Present 
  • Everything You Wish
  • Footprints on the Journey