A BRIEF HISTORY OF DOCTOR & ASTROLOGER AEPA SONAM RINCHEN
In 1992, he headed the student's protest demonstration in the market place of Tsethang, calling for the preservation and the respect of Tibetan culture. Soon after, the Chinese police found out he was one of the leaders and he was forced to escape to India along with five other students.
He reached India through Bhutan in 1994, immediately joining Men-Tsee-Khang in Dharamsala. There, he met his main Kalachakra and astrology teacher, Tsewang Namgyal of Gojo, with whom he deepened his knowledge of astrology, mainly studying the Kalachakra Tantra. Until today, he regularly meets him to enlighten and strengthen his understanding of obscure points in the Tantra.
In 1997 he successfully completed the astrological syllabus, gaining the Tsipa Kachupa degree in first division. After that, following the kind advice of both the late Dr. Tenzin Chodrak and late Dr. Lobsang Wangyal (Senior and Junior personal physicians to H.H. the Dalai Lama) he was readmitted to Men-Tsee-Khang College to study medicine. He completed the training in 2002, gaining the Menpa Kachupa degree in first division.
From then on he practiced and taught medicine and astrology at Men-Tsee-Khang, several of its branches, and at different universities and monasteries all over India, tirelessly working to preserve and spread both Buddhist knowledge and Tibetan culture. He is currently the main astrological lecturer in Men-Tsee-Khang, as well as the medicine teacher in Palpung Sherabling.
He is already the author of several books on Medicine, Astrology and their relationship. The most important are: “‘tsho byed slob dpon rnam gsum gyi mdzad rnam” (Biographies of three personal physicians to H.H. the Dalai Lama), “tse bag keg gsum gyi rdel bor lhan thabs” (Elemental Astrology in Use), “bshad pa sgu rgyud las lus gnad brda dkrol ‘ug chos ser mdog” (Description of Gross and Subtle Anatomies), “bod kyi srol rgyun le tho lta stangs dang ‘drel ba’i bod rtsis rig pa’i rnam bshad kun gsal me long (Guidebook of Tibetan Astrology through the Traditional Almanac) and the two volumes of “gso-rtsis rig-pa’i dpyad-yig mu-tig phreng-mdzes” (Anthology of Essays on Medicine and Astrology)."