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Dzongsar Jamyang khyentse Rinpoche was born in Bhutan in 1961. He is one of the incarnations of the Khyentse lineage which holds the approach of Rimey, the great non-sectarian approach. The central Rimey Guru, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820-1892), was an authority on all the different teachings of Buddhism in the Tibetan tradition and the pre-Buddhist Bön teachings and shunned sectarian bias - encouraging his students to appreciate the profundity of all the existing traditions. Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo was one of the incarnations of Rigdzin Jimge Lingpa who is traced back to King Trison Deutsen. He himself, as he predicted, had several incarnations including the first Beru Khyentse, Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö (1894-1959), and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Tashi Paljor (1910-1991).

Of these, Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö acquired his name as he took responsibility for Dzongsar monastery. Like his predecessor, he received teachings from a wide variety of teachers, and held and propagated many lineages of meditation practice. Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö greatly expanded Khamje College, and under his guidance Dzongsar monastery became a great centre of learning. Almost all of the great lamas of the Nyingma, Kagyu and Sakya traditions of that generation received teachings from this outstanding master, who in his time represented the quintessence of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

DzongsarJamyangRinpocheYouthDilgo Khyentse Rinpoche who was born in 1910 and was recognized as an incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo by the great lamas Loter Wangpo and Mipham Rinpoche. His principal teacher was Shechen Gyaltsap Rinpoche, and he was also the heart-son of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö.  Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was the archetype of the spiritual teacher; someone whose inner journey led him to an extraordinary depth of knowledge and enabled him to be, for all who met him, a fountain of loving kindness, wisdom and compassion.  He passed away in 1991 and the 2nd Dilgo Khyentse, Yangsi Khyentse is now in Nepal.

Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö had three incarnations: Khyentse Yeshe, Jigme Khyentse and Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Thubten Chökyi Rinpoche.  This is the antecedent lineage of Rinpoche who was recognized as an incarnation of Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö by His Holiness the Sakya Trizin. Rinpoche himself is a student of important Tibetan Buddhist lamas including Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Kyabje Sakya Trizin, Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche and the16th Karmapa. Rinpoche also studied at Sakya College and the London School of Oriental and African studies.

His major films are The Cup (1999) , Travellers and Magicians (2003), and Vajra, a blessing (2014). He is the author of the book What Makes You Not a Buddhist (Shambhala, 2007) and Not for Happiness: A Guide to the So-Called Preliminary Practices (2012).

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Vajraablessingmovies2015Currently Rinpoche supervises his traditional seat of Dzongsar Monastery and its retreat centres in Eastern Tibet (Schezuan, China), as well as his new colleges in India and Bhutan. He has also has established centres in Australia, North America and the Far East, and is the head of Dzongsar Institute in Chauntra, Himachal Pradesh, India as well as other monasteries. Rinpoche also oversees the non-profit Khyentse Foundation that has established a system of patronage to support institutions and individuals engaged in the study and practice of Buddha's vision of wisdom and compassion, and Lotus Outreach which is dedicated to ensuring the education, health and safety of vulnerable children.  

ThePeaceVaseProjectDzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche also agreed to take over responsibility for the Peace Vases project from H.H Khyentse Rinpoche.  The method to create the Peace Vases was originally hidden by Guru Rinpoche in the 8th Century and then discovered by two great Tibetan saints, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820 - 1892) and Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa (1829 - 1870).

 

Now, along with the sincere wish to restore peace and harmony in the world, vases are being placed in the major oceans, lakes and rivers, holy places, places of war, strife and ecologically degraded or endangered natural sites.
While still a teenager, Rinpoche was responsible for publishing many rare texts that were in danger of being lost entirely, and continues his work in the safeguarding and propagating of dharma with on-going translation projects.

coKhyentse Foundation’s translation conference ‘Translating The Words Of The Buddha’ , scheduled for 2009, will explore the direction, scope, and focus of Dharma translation in the coming century to ensure the most effective transmission of Dharma to the West. The 84000.co Project is currently active and is translating and sponsored 10,028 pages so far out of 70,000 pages.

Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche has a reputation for incisive and relevant teachings geared to penetrate the obscurations of the Western mind.  He combines being highly traditional and authentic with being modern and challenging in a way that ensures meeting him will greatly enhance the path of all sincere students of the Buddhadharma.

 

 

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