In the first of many in our series of Dharma teachings on CCN, Eilish De Avalon introduces Lopon Pema Tsheri Sherpa, a Buddhist Monk from Nepal who’s travelling the world offering the teachings of the Buddha in the nobel aspiration of alleviating all sentient beings from suffering. Eilish received her title as Yogini in the same Nyingma lineage through her teacher Khenpo Guru Thinley and received the name Pema Tsomo on her pilgrimage three years ago through India, Nepal and Bhutan and shares the same root guru as Master Pem Tsheri Sherpa, the recently reincarnated Pema Norbu Rinpoche.
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Pema Tsheri Sherpa was born in a small village Marbu-5, Dolakha in Nepal. His father is Kanurbu Sherpa and his mother is Paslamhu Sherpini. At the age of 4, he attended the Nepali Government’s school. When he was 9 years old, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche visited Nepal and told his father to send Pem Tsheri Sherpa to live at Namdroling Monastery. Thereafter, Rinpoche looked after him as his own child. He attended Yeshi Wodsal Sherab Raldriling junior High School at the Monastery. When he was 18 years old, he received the esoteric teachings of Tantra thus laying the foundation for the higher practices. He entered Ngagyur Nyingma Institute (NNI) in 2003. NNI, a branch within Namdroling Monastery, is an advanced college of Tibetan Buddhism (Shedra). There he studied general Buddhist Philosophy as well as the specific Nyingma Teachings. He also studied Tibetan Grammar, poetry and Tibet’s political and religious history. He excelled in all his subjects.
Pem Tsheri Sherpa received the empowerments, oral transmissions and pith instructions on the whole Kama and Terma teachings (the specific Nyingma Teachings of the Transmitted Precepts and the Rediscovered Treasure Teachings) from His Holiness Yangthang Rinpoche, Ladak Tokden Rinpoche, Jedrak Rinpoche, Thupzang Rinpoche, Karma Kuchen Rinpoche. And also he received the Kalachakra empowerment on there separate occasions from His Holiness Dalai Lama. Most especially, he received the specific teachings of the Palyul Tradition, including the Namcho Teachings, from his Holiness Penor Rinpoche. He not only received Ngondro )Preliminary Practices), Tsalung (Winds and Channels) and Dzogchen (Great Perfection) teachings but also practiced them perfectly. He learned Buddhist philosophy, mainly the sutra and tantra, under the guidance of many great Khenpos and masters of Namdroling Monastery.
In 2012, he completed the nine-ear course at the Institute and in consideration of his high level of knowledge, Ngagyur Nyingma Institute bestowed on him the title of Lopon (Acharya) and recognised him worthy of being a Dharma Teacher who can guide others towards the path of Enlightenment.
After he received his degree with the title of Lopon (Acharya), he has been giving teachings and participating in many ceremonial occasions in Asian countries like Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Nepal, Bhutan, and India, as well as in Europe: France, Portugal and Germany and he’s currently in the United States of America. The teachings that he gave included Buddhist teachings on Boddhicitta, meditation, philosophy and especially traditional Palyul Nyingma teachings and the Great Perfection method of practice. He also excels in ritual activities such as the Lama Dance (Chyam) and Puja.
Lopon Pema Tsheri Sherpa has realised the meaning of Lord Buddha’s teachings in both the sutra and tantra. At present he is travelling the world to spread Buddha’s doctrine with the wish to help all sentient beings.