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Dilgo Khyentse


Tibetan Buddhism





1910 Denkok Valley, Kham Derge,Tibet


September 28, 1991 Bhutan

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Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (Tibetan: དིལ་མགོ་མཁ




ྱེན་བར ྱེ་, Wylie: dil mgo mkhyen brtse) (c. 1910

– 28 September 1991) was a Vajrayana master, scholar, poet, teacher, and head of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism from 1987 to 1991.

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1 Biography 2 Preservation of lineages 3 Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche 4 Film 5 Publications 6 Sources 7 References 8 External links

Biography[edit source]
He was born in the Denhok Valley at Kham Derge, Eastern Tibet in 1910 to a family directly descended from the ninth century King Trisong Detsen. His father was a minister to the King of Derge. When he was seven years old, he was publicly recognized as one of the reincarnations of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo by Shechen Gyaltsap Rinpoche (1871–1926) at Shechen, one of the six principal monasteries of the Nyingmapa school. During the next few years Dilgo Khyentse received full schooling from various tutors, in addition to training in meditation, and in the study of the Dharma in general, and of Tantra specifically. His root Guru was Shechen Gyaltsap Rinpoche, and Dzongsar Khyentse Chokyi Lodro (1893–1959) was his other main spiritual master. After he completed what are known as the Preliminary Practices (Ngöndro),

Khyentse Rinpoche spent most of the next thirteen years in silent retreat in remote hermitages and caves near his birthplace. After completing his retreat at the age of twenty-eight, Khyentse Rinpoche spent many years with Dzongsar Khyentse Chokyi Lodro. After receiving from Khyentse Chokyi Lodro the many empowerments of the Rinchen Terdzo (the collection of Revealed Treasures or termas), Dilgo Khyentse requested to spend the rest of his life in solitary meditation. But Khyentse Chokyi Lodro's answer was: "The time has come for you to teach and transmit to others the countless precious teachings you have received." Additionally he received teachings at Palpung Monastery from the eleventh Tai Situ Rinpoche, and full instruction on the ancient Guhyagarbha Tantra and its various commentaries from Khenpo Tubga at Kyangma Ri-tro. In all he studied with over fifty great teachers from all the various oral and practice lineages of Tibetan Buddhism.[1] As his own teaching career developed, he became renowned within Tibet for his ability to transmit the teachings of each Buddhist lineage according to its own tradition. Later on His Holiness the Dalai Lama would regard Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche as his principal teacher in the Nyingma tradition and ofDzogchen. In the 1950s, as rebellions broke out in Kham in response to the imposition of Chinese Communist rule, Khyentse Rinpoche and his family escaped to central Tibet, leaving behind his precious library of collected Dharma books and most of his own writings. Then in 1959, after the 14th Dalai Lamaleft Tibet, Khyentse Rinpoche, his family and a few disciples decided to leave Tibet, including his brother the 9th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche and Tenga Rinpoche,[2] and headed for Bhutan. The royal family of Bhutan invited him to stay there and teach, and as his reputation spread he attracted many new disciples, and he became the foremost Buddhist teacher in Bhutan. Later, as he made frequent visits to give teachings to H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama at Dharamasala in India, he began giving teachings all over theHimalayas, India, Southeast Asia and the West. His life became a continual flow of teaching, yet he found time for extensive scholarship and composed numerous poems, meditation texts and commentaries. He was also a Terton (a discoverer of spiritual treasures), discovering numeroustermas and was one of the leading masters of the pith-instructions of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection, and one of the principal holders of the Longchen Nyingtik tradition. In 1980, he founded the Shechen Tennyi Dargyeling Monastery in Nepal, where he transplanted the Shechen tradition to a new home near the greatstupa of Boudhanath, just northeast of Kathmandu. At this location over the years he gave many teachings, turning the wheel of the Dharma countless times for hundreds of other lamas, disciples, and students from around the world. Over this same time period, and up until his paranirvana in 1991, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was involved in publishing as much of Tibet’s extraordinary heritage of Buddhist teachings as possible, over three hundred volumes altogether.

the Royal Family and ministers of Bhutan. in November 1992 and were attended by over a hundred important lamas. he became the head of the Nyingma School. His entire life was devoted to the preservation and dissemination of the Buddha Dharma and he is still regarded with awe and amazement throughout the Tibetan diaspora. five hundred western disciples and a huge crowd of some fifty thousand devotees. in turn. even if the lineage is impure. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche often sought out and received any oral transmission he thought was on the verge of disappearing. a realized being. 17th century). Preservation of lineages[edit source] Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche in Seattle.By followers of Tibetan Buddhism he is regarded as having been a great teacher of teachers. He would receive it and. Final cremation ceremonies were held for him over a three-day period near Paro in Bhutan.[4] Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche[edit source] . who was also remarked upon as being a genuinely good human being. 1998: p. pass it on to make sure that the lineage remained unbroken. 1924). 21): With respect to oral transmission.[3] in a purport to Karma Chagmé (Wylie: karma-chags-med. and remained so until his own death in Bhutan on 28 September 1991. it is not a problem. It made no difference who was giving it. fl. He was one of the few Tibetan Lamas accorded the honorific title of "His Holiness".. His importance within the Nyingma school in the 20th century was all-pervading. diligence and humility in receiving 'wang' (Tibetan). lineal transmission and 'rlung' (Wylie) as rendered into English by Wallace (Chagmé et al. Following the death of Dudjom Rinpoche in 1987. and western centers of Tibetan Buddhism. 1976 Gyatrul (b. conveys Khyentse's 'samaya' (Sanskrit).

Buddhist monk. The film reveals Tibet's art. Publications[edit source]  Enlightened Courage: An Explanation of Atisha's Seven Point Mind Training by Rab-Gsal-Zla-Ba. Brilliant Moon uses animation. ritual philosophy. and of his escape following China's invasion of Tibet to his determination to preserve and transmit Buddhist teachings far and wide. this film features interviews with the Dalai Lama. The Life and World of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche" was released in 1998. to find his incarnation. Bhutan and Nepal. to rebirth. his close students requested Trulshik Rinpoche. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Paperback: 120 pages. .[5] Film[edit source] The film "Spirit of Tibet: Journey to Enlightenment. Another film was "Brilliant Moon: Glimpses of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche". and author) who had travelled with Khyentse Rinpoche for 14 years. previously unseen archival footage and photos along with new interviews of Tibet's great teachers. written and directed by Neten Chokling. Publisher: Snow Lion Publications . Along with rarely photographed areas of Tibet. from birth to death to rebirth. Wylie o rgyan bstan 'dzin 'jigs med lhun grub). was appointed as the incarnation of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche on December 1995:[5] Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche was born in Nepal on June 30. and sacred dance.Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche at Nyima Dzong Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche. who speaks about his own spiritual life. and narrated by Richard Gere and Lou Reed. When Khyentse Rinpoche passed away. who currently resides in Bhutan. 1993. his most senior and accomplished disciple. aka Ugyen Tenzin Jigme Lhundrup (Tib. It tells Khyentse Rinpoche's story from birth to death. to tell Khyentse Rinpoche's life story. It was made by Matthieu Ricard (French photographer.

1993). Publisher: Shambhala (February 15. Matthieu Ricard. 1999). Rigpa Paperback: 101 pages. Rangjung Yeshe (October 10. ISBN 1-55939-064-6  The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. 2005). Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. ISBN 962-7341-55-X . 2004). His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Rab-Gsal-Zla-Ba. ISBN 1-55939-121-9  Journey to Enlightenment: The Life and World of Khyentse Rinpoche. Publisher: Aperture 1st ed edition (October 1. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche The Excellent Path to Enlightenment Paperback: 128 pages. Spiritual Teacher from Tibet by Matthieu Ricard (Photographer) [Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's disciple]. ISBN 1-55939-023-9  Guru Yoga : According to the Preliminary Practice of Longchen Nyingtik by Rab-Gsal-Zla-Ba. Padama Sangye Hardcover: 176 pages. the Dalai Lama) Paperback: 280 pages. Publisher: Snow Lion Publications (April 1. Publisher: North Atlantic Books. Tsele Natsok Rangdrol.(December 1. ISBN 0-89381-679-5  by H. Publisher: Snow Lion Publications (December 1. Padmakara Translation Group (Translator) Hardcover: 151 pages. 1996).H. 1996). ISBN 1-59030-154-4  The Lotus-Born: The Life Story of Padmasambhava by Erik Pema Kunsang. Yeshe Tsogyal Paperback: 336 pages. Patrul Rinpoche (Foreword by H. Publisher: Shambhala. ISBN 0-87773-493-3  The Hundred Verses of Advice : Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on What Matters Most by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.H.

ISBN 1-57062-452-6  T h e C o ll e c t e d W o r k s o f D il g o K h y e n t s e . Reprint edition (March 16. 1999). The WishFulfilling Jewel by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Paperback: 120 pages. Publisher: Shambhala.

1 3 by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Hardcover: 1808 pages. ISBN 978-1-59030-887-5  U n d a t e d l a t e p h o t o . 2011) 1st edition.V o ls . Publisher: Shambhala. (January 11.

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