Tsoknyi Rinpoche

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Tsoknyi Rinpoche III is a great master in Tibetan Buddhist traditions and an internationally renowned meditation teacher. His activity includes teaching around the world, and he is particularly committed to supporting female practitioners.

The first Tsoknyi Rinpoche lived in the 1800s in Nangchen, Eastern Tibet, and was a master of the Drukpa Kagyu and Nyingma lineages. He was known for his mastery of the Six Yogas of Naropa, and for reviving and spreading the terma cycles of Ratna Lingpa, a great Nyingma treasure revealer. Historically, women in Tibet had limited opportunities for education of any sort, and Rinpoche was known for his concern and vision for nuns and yoginis.

In the mid-1800s, he asked his disciple Tsang-yang Gyatso to establish Gechak nunnery in Nangchen and to create a special educational system for female practitioners. Rinpoche predicted that many nuns of this lineage would become realized beings, and true to his vision, the Tsoknyi Lineage flourished, leading to dozens of nunneries and thousands of nuns. The nuns contiue to be highly regardedĀ for their dedication and accomplishment.

The 3rd Tsoknyi Rinpoche, born in Nubri, Nepal, is the son of the late Dzogchen yogi Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. Educated by many of the greatest Nyingma and Kagyu masters in Nepal, India and Tibet, Rinpoche isĀ loved by students around the world. Rinpoche upholds the Tsoknyi Lineage, providing spiritual and material support for nuns in Nangchen and Nepal. He has published several popular books, including his latest, Open Heart, Open Mind.

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For more information about Tsoknyi Rinpoche and his teaching schedule, visit www.tsoknyirinpoche.org.

Rinpoche with our new arrivals (left Genla Bhumthar, Right Khenpo Kunchok Palden)