Khenpo Sonam Norbu
Venerable Khenpo Sonam Norbu entered Ngagyur Nyingma Institute in 1995, and successfully completed the learning and practicing of nine year course on Buddhist Philosophy. He was then conferred upon the degree of Lopon ( Master of Buddhist Philosophy and practice ) in 2003. After completing the course he had lectured in Ngagyur Nyingma institute and Nyingma Nunnery Institute. Then in 2004 he was sent to Zhechen Ten Nyi Darjeeling in Nepal as a lecturer. From then, he began lecturing in Ngagyur Nyingma Institute, shouldering key posts, such as Examination Controller, Treasurer, Vice Principal, and so forth.
Keeping in view of his scholarship and morality , he was conferred upon the title of Khenpo (PhD in Buddhist philosophy and practice) by His Holiness 3rd Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche.
Khenpo Sonam sees H.H. Penor Rinpoche as his root guru, having taken the Getsul and Gelong vows from him, alongside with teachings on Rinchen Terdzo, Nyingthik Yabshi (Four Cycles of Heart Essence Teachings), Longchen Nyingthik, Sangba Nyingpo. He not only received teachings on Ngondro (Preliminary Practices), Tsalung (Winds and Channels) and Dzogchen (Great Perfection) according to the Palyul Tradition, but also practiced them accordingly. He also is equipped in giving initiations, empowerments, oral transmissions and many other preliminary practices.
At the feet of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, he has received teachings and empowerments in Kalachakra, Dzogpa Chenpo, Guhyasamaja, New Translation's Lamrim Chenmo and many other exoteric and esoteric teachings. Under H.H. Taklung Tsetul Rinpoche, he received empowerment and oral transmission of the Rinchen Terdzo and the complete empowerment and oral transmission of the Jangter Lineage (Northern Treasure). Khenpo Sonam also received many important teachings, empowerments and oral transmissions from H.H. Sakya Trizin, H.H. Minling Trichen, H.H. Chadral Rinpoche, the three most senior Khenchens of Namdrolling Monastery (namely Khenchen Pema Sherab, Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso and Khenchen Namdrol Rinpoche)
Last May 18, 2014, he was assigned by the Namdrolling Committee to be the resident spiritual adviser of the Philippine Palyul Dharma Center.