Great Masters

Great Masters

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Some of the greatest masters of our time, these Rinpoches laid the seeds for the flourishing of Buddhism in the 20th century. Many of them were either the teachers of world-renown masters, or students and teachers of each other.


The 16th Karmapa


Shang Rinpoche and great contemporary Buddhist masters
The 16th Karmapa

The life of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, attested to the true meaning of “Karmapa”, which is “Activity of All Buddhas”. Under his leadership, the Karma Kagyu lineage not only survived the escape from Tibet of most of the high Buddhist teachers — but thrived. The Karma Kagyu lineage spread all around the world. The Buddhist monasteries, institutes, and centers that the 16th Karmapa started — which his close students established on his behalf — grew and now offer Buddhist methods to people in India, Asia, and across the West.
The 16th Karmapa was a fully enlightened being, the King of Yogis, who showed complete intuitive wisdom and compassion, radiating joy. His compassionate activity for others was beyond words or concepts.


Chatral Rinpoche


Shang Rinpoche and the great Buddhist masters of contemporary times
Chatral Rinpoche, currently 103

Chatral Rinpoche, Sangye Dorje (born June 18, 1913) is a Dzogchen master and a reclusive yogi known for his great realization and strict discipline.[ Rinpoche is one of the few living disciples of Khenpo Ngagchung and is widely regarded as one of the most highly realized Dzogchen yogis. In addition to his relationship with Khenpo Ngagchung, Chatral Rinpoche also studied with some of the last century's most renowned masters, including Dudjom Rinpoche, Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro, and the famed Dakini Sera Khandro. Rinpoche is one of the primary lineage holders of the Longchen Nyingthig, and in particular the lineage that descends through Jigme Lingpa's heart son Jigme Gyalwe Nyugu and then on to Patrul Rinpoche. As of 2013, Rinpoche divides his time between Salbhari, India, and Kathmandu, Nepal. He has two daughters, Tara Devi and Saraswati, with his wife Kamala. 


Dudjom Rinpoche


Shang Rinpoche and the great Buddhist masters of contemporary times
Dudjom Rinpoche

His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, Jigdral Yeshe Dorje (1904-87) was appointed by His Holiness Dalai Lama XIV as the first supreme head of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He was an enlightened yogi and meditation master, a discoverer of concealed treasure teachings inseparable from Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava). He was one the greatest Tibetan scholars, and an incarnate lama who intentionally emanated for the sake of sentient beings through seventeen successive lives.


Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche


Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and the great Buddhist masters of contemporary times
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910-1991) — from Eastern Tibet, was recognized as the mind emanation of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820-1892), and was one of the closest disciples of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo’s activity emanation, Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö (1893-1959). He was considered by many as one of the greatest Dzogchen masters of the twentieth century, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was the teacher of many of the important lamas of today. He had an extraordinary depth of knowledge and was, for all who met him, a fountain of loving kindness, wisdom, and compassion.

Shang Rinpoche and the great contemporary Buddhist masters
Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö







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