Venerable Traleg Kyabgon, Rinpoche, IX

The following article is from the Winter, 2003 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.

The Venerable Traleg Kyabgon, Rinpoche, President and Spiritual Director of Kagyu E-Vam Buddhist Institute located in Melbourne, Australia and the Hudson Valley, New York, was recognized as the ninth incarnation of the Traleg line by His Holiness the XVI Gyalwa Karmapa. The Traleg line can be traced back to the time of Salton Shogam, also known as one of the Three Men of Kham, who is the originator of the Traleg history of incarnations and a contemporary of the first Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa. Born in 1955, Traleg Rinpoche was enthroned at the age of two as the Supreme Abbott of Tra'gu Monastery in Tibet.

Rinpoche regularly gives lectures and seminars worldwide on Buddhism and related topics, and has become well known for his erudition, fluency in English, and background in Western psychology and comparative religion. He is especially respected for his skill in working with people of diverse interests, ages and backgrounds. In 1984, Rinpoche inaugurated the annual Buddhist Summer School and more recently the Buddhist and Psychology Conference, held every two years, Both of these programs have developed into major national events in Australia and have hosted many well-known spiritual teachers, Western psychologists and thinkers. It is Rinpoche's sincere wish that these colloquia promote and explore the rich and varied forms of Buddhism from all traditions and cultures.

His first book, Essence of Buddhism, has been well received and now in its second printing is also being produced in various languages. Also published by Rinpoche, The Ordinary Mind, is a superb quarterly magazine produced in Australia, which reflects Rinpoche's activities and interest.

For further information, contact the E-Vam Institute in Hudson, New York at (518) 672-6333 or visit our website at http://www.evam.org.

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