Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche (1938–2010) was born in eastern Tibet. He received his early education at Gochen Monastery and his higher education as a khenpo at Riwoche Monastery. He and his family escaped from Tibet in 1960. In 1965 Khenchen Rinpoche was asked by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche to represent the Nyingma lineage as a founding member of the Central University for Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India, where Khenchen taught Buddhist philosophy for seventeen years.
In the early 1980s Khenchen Rinpoche moved to New York to work closely with Dudjom Rinpoche, and in 1988 he and his brother Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche founded the Padmasambhava Buddhist Center, which has monasteries and dharma centers in the United States, India, and Russia. Khenchen Rinpoche wrote over thirty books in Tibetan and English.