Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

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Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

Post by kalden yungdrung » Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:49 am

Tashi delek,

Tenzin Namgyal Rinpoche ( TWR ) is a concept in the world of Bön.

TWR is a disciple of H.E. the Bön Yongdzin Rinpoche, the most senior Master in Yungdrung Bön.
He distributed the Bön leather in the West and Bön became by his efforts more known to the Western audiance.

Through his book Wonders of the Natural Mind I came into contact with Bön Dzogchen for the first time, and it did not disappointed me until today. :namaste:

Bön Dzogchen was very easy to understand for me and it propelled me deeper into what is Mind and how to realize that Mind etc. So i have made until that time enormous progress / emancipation, all karma based of course.


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Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, founder and spiritual director of Ligmincha International, is an acclaimed author as well as a highly respected and beloved teacher to students throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe.

Fluent in English, Tenzin Rinpoche is renowned for his depth of wisdom; his clear, engaging teaching style; and his ability to make the ancient Tibetan teachings highly accessible and relevant to the lives of Westerners.

TWR, was born in Amritsar, India, not long after his parents escaped their Tibetan homeland in 1959 during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. At age 10 Tenzin Rinpoche was ordained as a monk at Menri Monastery near Dolanji, India. There he was recognized by head teacher Lopon Sangye Tenzin Rinpoche as a reincarnation of the famous master Khyung Tul Rinpoche, a renowned meditation master, teacher, scholar and healer who died in the mid-20th century.

From the age of 13 Rinpoche practiced dzogchen under the guidance of masters from both the Bön and Buddhist schools of Tibet, including (from Bön)

- His Holiness Lungtok Tenpai Nyima,
- Lopon Sangye Tenzin Rinpoche,
- Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche
- Geshe Yungdrung Namgyal.

From his early adolescence until young adulthood, Tenzin Rinpoche was raised like a son by his root teacher Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, today revered as the most senior teacher of the Bön tradition.

An accomplished scholar in the Bön Buddhist textual traditions of philosophy, exegesis and debate, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche in 1986 completed an 11-year course of traditional studies at the Bön Dialectic School of Menri Monastery, where he received his geshe degree, equivalent to a doctorate in philosophy from Western universities.

Upon graduating, Tenzin Rinpoche was employed in 1981 at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives at Dharamsala, India. His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama appointed Rinpoche to be the Bön tradition's representative that year to the Assembly of Tibetan People's Deputies of the Tibetan-Government-in-Exile.

Western Teachings:
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche was one of the first to bring the precious Bön teachings to the West. In 1988 he was invited by the dzogchen master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche to teach in Italy, which brought him additional opportunities to teach in other locations throughout Western Europe. In 1991 Tenzin Rinpoche was awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship at Rice University in Houston, Texas, where he continued his research into early Bön tantric deities and their relationship to Buddhist traditions in early Buddhist Tibet. He was awarded a second Rockefeller Fellowship in 1993 when Rice University invited him back to teach during the spring semester.

Since that time Tenzin Rinpoche has chosen to remain in the West to teach the ancient Bön traditions to Western students. In March 1992 Rinpoche founded Ligmincha Institute (now Ligmincha International) in Charlottesville, Va., a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to preserve for future generations the ancient teachings, arts, sciences, language and literature of Tibet and Zhang Zhung.

In 1994 he received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to pursue research on the logical and philosophical aspects of the Bön tradition. The fruits of that research came with the 2006 publication of the scholarly text Unbounded Wholeness: Dzogchen, Bon and the Logic of the Nonconceptual (Oxford University Press, 2006), written in collaboration with Anne Carolyn Klein, chair of religious studies at Rice. Also in 1994 Tenzin Rinpoche appeared on the Discovery Channel, where he explained the principles involved in Tibetan dream yoga practice as one segment of a three-part series entitled "The Power of Dreams."

In 1998 Rinpoche established the Serenity Ridge Retreat Center amid the mountains of Nelson County, Va., 30 minutes south of Charlottesville.

Current Activities:
Today Rinpoche continues his dedicated efforts to preserve the Bön Buddhist tradition through establishing centers and groups worldwide, through translating and publishing texts, and through teaching Bön as an authentic, living tradition to Western students around the world. In 2006 during the European summer retreat in Buchenau, Germany, Rinpoche announced the creation of Lishu Institute, a school near Dehradun, India, where Western students will be able to continue and deepen their knowledge and experience of the ancient teachings and practices of Bön.

For more informations regarding TWR activities look here also:
http://www.ligmincha.org/index.php/en/t ... poche.html
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