We were pleased to have Dza Kilung Rinpoche founder of Pema Kilaya and the Kilung Foundation. Rinpoche paid a few visits to our Shambhala Publications' Prajna Studios in Boulder and we are delighted to share a series of videos where he discusses his book, The Relaxed Mind. We will also be offering a course with him in 2017.
Born in 1970, Rinpoche was officially discovered as a tulku in his youth. There had been signs that he was a reincarnated lama before, during and after his birth, but because of tumultuous times, all such information was kept secret. He was later recognized by a series of lamas, and confirmed to be the reincarnation of H.H. Jigme Ngotsar Gyatso. These lamas include H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, H.H. Minling Trichen Rinpoche, H.H. Dodrupchen Rinpoche, and H.E. Dzogchen Rinpoche.
As a young teenager, Kilung Rinpoche completed a three-year retreat in secret with his first teacher, Kyab-lo, of Dzagya Monastery. In his later teens, Rinpoche was able, with his father and other relatives, to recover Kilung Monastery from the hands of Chinese cadres, no longer enthusiastic about living in such a remote place. This joyful recovery was the cause for the return of the former Kilung tribe, and for young people to join the monastery, a beginning. Then Rinpoche, at the age of 17, took over the running of the monastery. He went to work traveling the country gathering religious artifacts: statues, paintings, 1,000 brocade thangkhas, sacred texts, lama dance costumes and masks. He revived sacred dance at the monastery, and also helped a group of nuns rebuild Kilung nunnery in the next valley.
In 1993, Rinpoche left home on pilgrimage. Intending to be gone less than a year, it became a seven-year adventure. It was on this journey that he began developing the Kilung Foundation. In 1998 he traveled to America, where the Foundation was officially created in Seattle; that year he also began to teach Buddhism to westerners. Since then Rinpoche has divided his time in and outside Tibet. While accepting invitations to teach in Beijing, Denmark, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Brazil, and Argentina, he focuses his dharma activities in America, and especially the Pacific Northwest. His home is on south Whidbey Island in the Salish Sea.
Note: There are five videos in this series and links to them will appear at the end of each one.