Today we celebrate 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 last generation to do so. 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.
Leaving Tibet he became an early 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 and discoverer of secret treasure teachings (termas), Trungpa Rinpoche was widely regarded as an awakened master, translator, calligrapher, poet and brilliant orator.
Founder of the Awakened Heart Sangha, 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.
Later, Lama Shenpen married Rigdzin Shikpo, one of Trungpa Rinpoche’s early and senior British students, further cementing the lineage connections.
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Trungpa Rinpoche’s son, and heir to the Shambhala lineage, told Lama Shenphen that he 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.
Why not find out more about the Kagyu / Nyingma lineage of teachings at the Woolton, Liverpool meditation group, every Tuesday at 7pm.