Khenpo 堪布

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Khenpo (Tib. མཁན་པོ་, Wyl. mkhan po) — the term has different meanings:

  • It is a title given in the Nyingma, Sakya and Kagyu schools to a monk who, after completing a nine year course in Buddhist philosophy in a shedra, has attained a proven level of knowledge and, in some schools, also of discipline and benevolence. In the Nyingma school, after their studies are completed students are required to teach for a further three years in a shedra before they can be awarded the title of khenpo.
  • It can also refer to the abbot of a monastery and to the preceptor from whom one receives ordination.

Khenpo 堪布 有幾個不同的意義:

這是寧瑪、薩迦、噶舉派授予僧人的一個頭銜,該僧人需完成佛學院九年的佛學義理課程且達到經過認可的知識程度,在某些學派中,也包括在戒律和慈愛方面受人認可。寧瑪派中,則在完成學業之後,必須於佛學院中教學三年,方可被授予此頭銜。

也可指稱寺院的住持或授戒的戒師。