The Second Shangpa Rinpoche
The life of the young Shangpa Rinpoche was filled with intensive education of a Tulku under the guidance of the late Dupsing Rinpoche and other teachers in Pokhara, Nepal. This consists of studying and memorising vast collections of ancient Buddhist rituals and scriptures.
"Prior to meeting Khunu Rinpoche, I was not serious in my studies... After his first lesson, every early morning I would go to the top of the mountain to memorise the root text willingly, not out of the fear of punishments", recalled Shangpa Rinpoche.
At the age of sixteen, Shangpa Rinpoche joined the Central University of Tibetan Studies (CIHTS) in Varanasi, India, where he mastered key subjects including Buddhist philosophy, literature, poetry, history, and the Sanskrit language. During his fourth year of study he lost his teacher the late Dupsing Rinpoche, founder of the Jangchub Choeling Monastery in Pokhara, Nepal. His Holiness the 16th Karmapa thereby instructed Shangpa Rinpoche to suceed as the Chief Abbot of Jangchub Choeling Monastery.
Shangpa Rinpoche also received extensive empowerments, transmissions and essential teachings from great masters of different lineages, such as His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, the late His Holiness Trulshig Rinpoche, His Holiness Chogye Tri Rinpoche, His Holiness Shamarpa Rinpoche, the late Urgyen Tulku Rinpoche, Khenpo Rinchen, Lama Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche, the late Dupsing Rinpoche, Tenga Rinpoche, Choje Lama and many others.