A weekend of teaching with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
The teachings will start on Friday at 7pm and finish on Sunday at 5pm. Bookings can only currently be accepted for the complete weekend teaching. Further information will follow on the teaching subject shortly.
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is a celebrated Buddhist teacher and the founder, president, and spiritual director of Nalandabodhi, an international community of Buddhist centers.
He is acknowledged as one of the foremost scholars and meditation masters of his generation in the Nyingma and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism, known for his sharp intellect, humor, and easygoing teaching style, for launching the kindness initiative #GoKind and for his outreach to communities internationally.
His Holiness the 16th Karmapa and His Holiness the Dalai Lama recognized Rinpoche as a reincarnate lama of the Nyingma tradition, the seventh incarnation in the Dzogchen Ponlop lineage. He was formally enthroned as the 7th Dzogchen Ponlop at Rumtek in 1968, at the age of three. Raised and trained by the Karmapa, Rinpoche’s formative years included extensive study. He received lineage transmissions from some of the greatest Buddhist masters from Tibet’s pre-exile generation: Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Kalu Rinpoche, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche (chief Abbot of the Kagyu lineage), Alak Zenkar Rinpoche, and Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, his root guru. In 1979 (when Rinpoche was fourteen), the 16th Karmapa proclaimed Ponlop Rinpoche to be a heart son of the Gyalwang Karmapa and a holder of his Karma Kagyu lineage. In this way, Rinpoche came to hold the Kagyu lineage as well as the Nyingma lineage into which he was born.
Rinpoche holds lineages in both Indian and Tibetan Buddhism’s two most profound traditions of meditation: Mahamudra (“The Great Seal”) and Dzogchen (“The Great Perfection” or “Great Completion”). Under the close personal tutelage of the greatest masters of the 20th century, Rinpoche has trained in the wide variety of methods that these traditions offer to gain a thorough understanding of the mind and an expansive, direct realization of the mind’s true nature. Some of the masters who guided Rinpoche in meditation through instruction and transmission include the 16th Karmapa, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, and his present-day root guru, the great scholar-yogi Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche.
7pm to 9pm Friday 15th November
10am to 5pm Saturday 16th November
10am to 5pm Sunday 17th November