Kangyur Rinpoche Foundation
In Buddhism the lineage is very important since that is what ensures the authenticity of the teachings, the teachers and the students that form it.
The teachers that guide Kangyur Rinpoche Foundation activities, namely Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche, Tulku Pema Wangyal Rinpoche and Rangdrol Rinpoche, merge several sublime, authentic lineages. At the core are the lineages of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (that started with Jigme Lingpa, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, etc.); of Dudjom Rinpoche (coming from Dudjom Lingpa, etc.) which emphasised the Nyingma teachings; and, of course, the lineage of Kangyur Rinpoche (that came from Jedrung Rinpoche, etc.) which combined the Taklung Kagyu and the Nyingma schools. And also the Sakya lineage (through H.H. the 41st sakya Trizin as well as through Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodrö, etc.)
In this way, the teachings are conveyed according to the non-sectarian Rime movement, following the example of two of the greatest Rime masters of the 19th century, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye.
the 14th Dalai Lama
(1935 - )
His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people.
He was born on the July 6th, 1935, in Takster, a small village in northeastern Tibet, At the age of two, he was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama. Since 1959 he has been living in exile in India. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his efforts towards the freedom and autonomy of Tibet..
His Holiness, a master of prodigious knowledge, is revered as the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He is universally acknowledged as an expert on the Tibetan tradition as well as an advocate of human rights and inter-religious harmony.
The Foundation considers His Holiness to be one of its main teachers. KRF supports his endeavours to promote human values, world peace, Tibetan Buddhism and the cause of the Tibetan people.
Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche
(1945 - )
His Holiness Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche (The Sakya Trichen) served as the 41st head of the Sakya Order of Tibetan Buddhism until March 2017, when the throne holder duties were handed over to His Holiness Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, the 42nd Sakya Trizin.
His Holiness is the manifestation of Manjushri and of the Mahasiddha Virupa, founder of the Lamdré Teachings. He was also recognised, at an early age, as an incarnation of the great Nyingma teacher Apang Tertön.
Nowadays, the Foundation has the fortune to receive spiritual guidance from His Holiness Sakya Trichen Rinpoche and of having received him and organised his teachings in Lisbon, at 2016 and 2019.
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Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche
(1904 - 1987)
Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche was born in 1904 in southeastern Tibet. He studied under the guidance of the great teachers of his time, namely Jedrung Trinle Jampa Jungne Rinpoche (himself a disciple of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and of Jamgön Kongtrul Lodro Thaye), who was also one of the main teachers of Kyabje Kangyur Rinpoche.
Dudjom Rinpoche was also a Tertön, a prolific author, and the first leader of the Nyingma school. Furthermore, he played a critical role in establishing monastic institutions in exile, building monasteries in Kalimpong (India), Kathmandu (Nepal), and other places
During the last years of his life, he taught extensively in Europe and the United States. He resided near Chanteloube, in the Dordogne department of France, until his death in 1987.
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Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
(1910 - 1991)
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was born in Western Tibet in 1910. He entered Shechen monastery in Kham when he was 11 years old. There he began studies under the guidance of Shechen Gyaltsap, the spiritual heir of Mipham Rinpoche and disciple of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye.
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was a Tertön who taught and guided innumerable disciples, including many teachers of all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. He was one of the principle teachers of Dzogchen to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
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Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche
(1924 - 2011)
Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche was born in 1924 in central Tibet.
He was one of Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche closest disciples and also received many teachings from Dzatrul Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche and Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö.
Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche was one of the most respected figures in Tibetan Buddhism, a teacher of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and also the head of the Nyingma school.
He travelled frequently to Europe and lived in centers linked to the Kangyur Rinpoche Foundation in France and Portugal.
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Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche
(1932 - 2012)
Born in 1932, in Kham, Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche was recognized at the age of seven as the incarnation of Lama Samten. He became one of the main teachers of the Kagyu school.
Rinpoche travelled extensively throughout the world, teaching countless disciples. His prolonged illness never stopped his tireless activities to benefit all sentient beings.
Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche passed away on the 30th of March, 2012, at the age of 81.