Kangyur Rinpoche Foundation
Lineage
The Kangyur Rinpoche Foundation in Portugal arises out of our Teachers' enormous compassion: Kyabje Kangyur Rinpoche, Jetsün Jampa Chökyi (wife of Kyabje Kangyur Rinpoche), Taklung Tsetrul Pema Wangyal Rinpoche, Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche and Rangdröl Rinpoche (sons of Kyabje Kangyur Rinpoche). The Foundation is associated to its French counterpart, Songtsen, also created under the guidance of some of the most important masters of Tibetan Buddhism of the 20th and 21st centuries: Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche.
We also consider H. H. the Dalai Lama to be one of our principal teachers. We not only trust his great wisdom and compassion, but also support his endeavours to promote human values, world peace, Tibetan Buddhism and the cause of the Tibetan people. H. H. the Dalai Lama's biography is extensively disclosed and can be consulted in http://www.dalailama.com/biography/a-brief-biography.


In Tibetan Buddhism, the Lineage is very important. The efforts of Kyabje Kangyur Rinpoche, Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche have played a most treasured role in the development of Kangyur Rinpoche Foundation. Recently, the KRF students have had the fortune to receive spiritual guidance from His Holiness Sakya Trizin, considered by all the lineages as one of the foremost teachers of Tibetan Buddhism. The lineages of all our masters emerge from the activities of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye, great Tertöns who lived in Tibet in the 19th century. They founded the non-sectarian Rime movement, and were respected holders of all the traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.
1. Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche

Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche and
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
in Dordogne, in France

Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche was born in 1904 in Southeastern Tibet. He studied under the tutelage of the great teachers of his time, including Jedrung Rinpoche, Trinle Jampa Jungne (himself a disciple of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Jamgön Kongtrul Lodro Thaye), who was also one of the main teachers of Kyabje Kangyur Rinpoche. Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche was renowned for his ability to express the subtlest components of Buddhist philosophy in an accessible manner. He studied and practiced diligently for many years. He was the leader of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism until his passing. Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche was also a Tertön. During the last years of his life, he taught extensively in Europe and in the United States of America. He resided near Chanteloube, in Dordogne, France, until his death in 1987.


2. Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was born in Western Tibet in 1910. He entered Schechen Monastery in Kham when he was 11 years old, where he would commence his studies under Shechen Gyaltsap, the spiritual heir of Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche and disciple of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye. Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche spent more than two decades in solitary retreat. Later, he would receive many teachings from Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö (1896 – 1959), considered one of the most prominent teachers of the 20th century.

The Khyentse Lineage embodies the activities of many central figures of Tibetan Buddhism: of king Trisong Detsen and Vimalamitra, who, along with Guru Rinpoche, established Buddhism in Tibet in the 8th century; of Longchenpa, who lived in the 14th century and whose work illuminates the entire Buddhist philosophy; of Jigme Lingpa, who in the 18th century introduced the Longchen Nyingtik tradition, known for its practices of the Great Perfection (Dzogchen), cherished by all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche travelled extensively throughout the Himalayan regions, India, Asia, and the West, where he taught and counselled numerous disciples, including many masters of all factions of Tibetan Buddhism, such as H. H. the Dalai Lama, who considered him to be his main teacher of Dzogchen. Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche resided in the French affiliation of the Kangyur Rinpoche Foundation, where he remained for long periods of time teaching many disciples. Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was also a Tertön, and inspired those who met him through his kindness, simplicity, profound knowledge and everlasting dignity.


3. Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche

Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche
credits: Raphaele Demandre

Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche was born in 1924 in central Tibet. He was one of Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's closest disciples. He also received many teachings from Dzatrul Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche and Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö. He spent his entire life in retreat, putting into practice all the precious teachings that were transmitted onto him. Throughout his life, Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche guided a large monastic community in Nepal and oversaw the construction of monasteries in the Kathmandu valley and in Lumbini until the day of his death. Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche was one of the most respected figures in Tibetan Buddhism, a teacher of H. H. the Dalai Lama and, more recently, the Head of the Nyingma school. Despite his advanced age, Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche travelled frequently to Europe and during that time resided in Kangyur Rinpoche Foundation in both France and Portugal.

4. His Holiness Sakya Trizin


S. S. Sakya Trizin

His Holiness Sakya Trizin is the head of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism. He is an emanation of both Manjushri and Mahasiddha Virupa, the founder of the previous Lamdré teachings. He was also recognised at an early age as an incarnation of the great Nyingma master Apang Tertön.
His Holiness completed his education while still in Tibet, at the feet of his root teacher Ngawang Shenpen Lodro and many other lamas, including the great Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro. His Holiness was also close to Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche.
Over the years, as an exile in India, His Holiness has overcome many difficulties to preserve the Buddha's teachings - in particular the teachings of the Sakya lineage, which he has tirelessly worked to establish on a firm basis. His activity has included the founding of over thirty monasteries in India and Nepal, the creation of lay communities and various Sakya centres around the world, and the establishment of the Sakya monastic college, which is now producing a new generation of successful scholars.
His Holiness is well-versed in contemporary western culture and speaks excellent English. He travels and teaches extensively around the world, including in Europe, North America , South America and Asia. He has two sons, Ratna Vajra Rinpoche and Gyana Vajra Rinpoche.
His Holiness is an unexcelled beacon of the authentic teachings, and has the extraordinary ability to convey the subtlety and profundity of the dharma in a manner which renders it accessible to students of all levels. In addition to his vast erudition, he is renowned for his limitless compassion and wisdom. His life is a perfect example of total dedication to selfless service for the benefit of others, which he undertakes in a continuous and tireless manner.
 
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