June 30, 2010

Recalling Khyentse and Trungpa Rinpoches

This comes via the Newsfeed on the Celebrating the Return! website, which contains information on Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche's first visit to the US this August:

Image: Karma Dzong newspaper records Khyentse Rinpoche's first visit to the US

From the Celebrating the Return! newsfeed:

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s unconventional behavior and experimental methods of communicating the Buddhist teachings have become part of the spiritual folklore of America. His work laid a foundation upon which the next generation of teachers have built stable communities as the dharma has spread in our country. Throughout the many phases of his teaching in America, Trungpa Rinpoche retained a profound reverence for the deepest heart of the traditional Dharma and an unwavering devotion to his own teachers. He demonstrated that to his students through the visits of HH 16th Gyalwa Karmapa and HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, which provided an amazing opportunity to witness the culture of devotion so essential to Vajrayana Buddhism.

Here, in these two video clips, John Sennhauser, a senior student and teacher in the Shambhala sangha, offers a wonderful observation of Trungpa Rinpoche’s relation to Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Khyentse Rinpoche’s subsequent caring embrace of the Shambhala sangha over the years, and many challenging times, that followed his first visit.

Part 1 (above, click to enlarge) covers Khyentse Rinpoche’s first visit and his work after Trungpa Rinpoche’s passing to support the Shambhala community.

Part 2 (below, click to enlarge) describes Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s time studying with Khyentse Rinpoche in Nepal, and in this clip John also offers many of his own vivid memories of what it was like to be in Khyentse Rinpoche’s enlightened presence. He also looks forward to encountering Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche and the impact his presence can have on our practice. Enjoy!

Click here to read "An Investigation of the Mind", a previously unpublished instruction by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, from Tricycle's current issue,

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Mark's picture

I know I rag frequently about such issues, and I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, but I get a very funny feeling when I see Tibetan mythology blended so thoroughly with American marketing. Do lamas in Asia charge $95 bucks a pop for empowerments? Do they sell baseball caps with their own logos? Perhaps great things will be done with that money, but somehow it just doesn't look like dana, it looks like attaching people to things so you can sell stuff. It's a feeling I have when I see many of the advertisements in Tricycle (even though I know without advertisements there wouldn't be a Tricycle). The genius of capitalism is that it can turn anything whatever into a commodity; it makes me feel weird when I see that this also applies to the dharma.

James Shaheen's picture


I've said it once and I'll say it once more: Those sorts of comments aren't welcome here. If you need to fight someone, you can do that elsewhere.

Otherwise, you're welcome to contribute.


Mr Jacoba Jack's picture

Vajra Regent? Would you really want those stories?

Rebecca's picture

Awesome. Thank you!