Dilgo Khyentse RinpocheDilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910–1991) was a highly accomplished meditation master, scholar, and poet, and a principal holder of the Nyingma lineage. His extraordinary depth of realization enabled him to be, for all who met him, a foundation of loving-kindness, wisdom, and compassion. A dedicated exponent of the nonsectarian Rime movement, Khyentse Rinpoche was respected by all schools of Tibetan Buddhism and taught many eminent teachers, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He tirelessly worked to uphold the Dharma through the publication of texts, the building of monasteries and stupas, and by offering instruction to thousands of people throughout the world. His writings in Tibetan fill twenty-five volumes.
Books & Audio
Development and Completion Stages in Vajrayana Practice
A complex topic is here made crystal clear through the heartfelt teaching of one of the great Tibetan Buddhist masters of the twentieth century. With Pure Appearance Dilgo Khyenste Rinpoche offers an overview of Tibetan tantric practice that explains its… Read More
Oral Instructions on the Three Words That Strike the Vital Point
The path of trekchö is the way of directly and thoroughly cutting through the misconceptions of samsara to lay bare the primordial purity of the nature of mind. This powerful practice is illuminated by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche in his commentary… Read More
Selected Teachings and Poems
This small collection of commentaries and verse by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, one of the greatest spiritual leaders of the twentieth century, contains exposition on different stages of the Buddhist path from the perspective of meditative experience and actually putting the… Read More
Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on What Matters Most
This commentary on Padampa Sangye's classic verses of advise to Tibetan villagers of Tingri—by renowned and beloved meditation master Dilgo Khyentse—offers guidance for people trying to lead a dharmic life in the workaday world. These hundred verses, studied for centuries… Read More
The Practice of Guru Yoga according to the Longchen Nyingthig Tradition
In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, devotion to one's guru or spiritual master is considered to be of the utmost importance in spiritual practice. The instructions of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, based upon the teachings of the great eighteenth-century saint and visionary… Read More
The Thirty-seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva
What would be the practical implications of caring more about others than about yourself? This is the radical theme of this extraordinary set of instructions, a training manual composed in the fourteenth century by the Buddhist hermit Ngulchu Thogme, here… Read More
The Autobiography of Dilgo Khyentse
Through lively anecdotes and stories this highly revered Buddhist meditation master and scholar tells about his life of study, retreat, and teaching. The formative events of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s life, and those insights and experiences that caused him to mature… Read More
The Practice of View, Meditation, and Action
In this book, two great Tibetan Buddhist masters of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries challenge us to critically examine our materialistic preoccupations and think carefully about how we want to spend the rest of our lives. At the same time,… Read More
Oral Teachings on the Root Text of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo
The vow to perfect oneself in order to perfect others is called the thought of enlightenment or bodhichitta. This implies that every single action word or thought even the most trivial is dedicated to the good of all beings. To… Read More
According to the Preliminary Practice of Longchen Nyingtik
Why is the practice guru yoga (union with the nature of the guru) so important? Because with the help of the outer teacher, the inner teacher (the true nature of our own mind) is discovered. This particular guru yoga is… Read More
Zurchungpa's Eighty Chapters of Personal Advice was the final teaching given by the great Nyingma master Zurchung Sherab Trakpa before he passed away. His counsels are the distillation of a lifetime's experience and comprise the practical instructions of a master… Read More
About the Author
Dilgo Khyentse (Rinpoche) (1910–1991) was one of the greatest Tibetan Buddhist luminaries of the twentieth century. He was a highly accomplished meditation master, scholar, and poet, and a principal holder of the Nyingma lineage. Dilgo Khyentse was respected by all schools of Tibetan Buddhism and was widely regarded as one of the greatest Dzogchen masters of his time. He taught many eminent teachers, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Dilgo Khyentse worked tirelessly to uphold the Dharma through the publication of texts, the building of monasteries and stupas, and by offering instruction to thousands of people throughout the world. His writings in Tibetan fill twenty-five volumes.
Dilgo Khyentse was born in 1910 in eastern Tibet to a family descended from the royal lineage of the ninth-century king Trisong Detsen. He was recognized as a tulku or incarnation by the illustrious teacher Mipham Rinpoche and was later enthroned as an emanation of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, an important tertön (treasure-finder) and writer of the nineteenth century. At age eleven, he entered Shechen Monastery in Kham, one of the six main monasteries of the Nyingma School.
He had many great teachers, including his root guru, Shechen Gyaltsap. From age fifteen to twenty-eight, he spent his time meditating in silent retreat, living in isolated hermitages and caves, or under the shelter of overhanging rocks in mountains. He later spent many years with Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö (1893–1959), receiving empowerments and teachings.
In the late 1950s Dilgo Khyentse and his family fled Tibet and were welcomed in Bhutan by the Bhutanese Royal Family. He became the foremost Buddhist teacher in Bhutan, where he built stupas and statues, gave numerous teachings, and did retreat. In 1983 he founded Shechen Tennyi Dargyeling Monastery in Nepal, to continue the rich Shechen tradition of practice and study.
Rinpoche traveled throughout the Himalayas and the West, transmitting and explaining the teachings to his countless students. He was a dedicated exponent of the nonsectarian Rimé movement. His books have been translated into many Western languages, and his inspiration is still strongly felt today.
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Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche 1976 to 1990 in Belgium and France.