Today marks the anniversary of the passing (Parinirvana) of the great Buddhist Teacher and meditation master – Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1939-1987).
Trungpa Rinpoche received a classical monastic education in Tibet before the Chinese invasion. The eleventh Tulku in the Trungpa lineage of incarnations, he was trained in both the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions and was head of the Surmang group of monasteries.
Having left Tibet, he became a pioneer of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. He studied at Oxford before founding Samye Ling monastery in Scotland with Akong Rinpoche. Later, he founded the Shambhala tradition in the USA, which later became a worldwide Buddhist organisation.
A prolific author, artist and discoverer of secret treasure teachings (termas), Trungpa Rinpoche was widely regarded as an awakened master, translator and brilliant orator.
Lama Shenpen Hookham was advised to travel to India by Trungpa Rinpoche. It was on his advice that she met her main teachers and spent many years in meditation retreat. The two remained in correspondence.
Later, Lama Shenpen married Rigdzin Shikpo, one of Trungpa Rinpoche’s early and most senior British students, who had founded the Longchen Foundation under the guidance of Trungpa Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Further cementing the lineage connection.
Trungpa Rinpoche’s son, and heir to the Shambhala lineage, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche regards the Awakened Heart Sangha and Shambhala International as being closely related with positive karmic bonds.
<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/222732668″>Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche on Trungpa Rinpoche</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/chogyamtrungpachronicles”>Chronicles of Chogyam Trungpa</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
In this short video Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche, the tulku (incarnation) of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, one of Trungpa’s most eminent teachers, rejoices in the remarkable and groundbreaking life of the 11th Trungpa Rinpoche.
Find out more about the Kagyu / Nyingma lineage of teachings at the Chorlton, Manchester meditation group, every Wednesday night.