He has been teaching students worldwide about the innermost nature of mind in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Rinpoche is one of those rare teachers whose light-hearted, yet illuminating style appeals to both beginners and advance practitioners alike. He truly a bridge between ancient wisdom and the modern mind
Venerable Tsoknyi Rinpoche is a great master in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition 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. Rinpoche 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, Rinpoche 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 continue to be highly regarded for their dedication and accomplishment.
The third 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 is loved by student around the world. Rinpoche upholds the Tsoknyi Lineage, providing spiritual and material support for nuns in Nangchen and Nepal. He has published severals popular books, including Ground Path and Fruition, Fearless Simplicity, Carefree Dignity and Open Heart Open Mind.
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