Seventh Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche


DZOGCHEN PONLOP RINPOCHE was born at the new Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim on June 24, 1965. His father was Dhamcho Yongdu, the General Secretary of His Holiness Karmapa. At an early age, Rinpoche received refuge vows and novice monk vows from His Holiness Karmapa. He has received most of his Kagyu and Nyingma teachings and empowerments from His Holiness Karmapa, His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and other great teachers.

In 1980, Rinpoche first traveled to North America and Southeast Asia with His Holiness Karmapa, giving dharma teachings and assisting with many ceremonies.

Rinpoche is president of Nitartha International, where he oversees activities in preserving Asian literature and manages Nitartha's educational and preservation programs. Rinpoche is acknowledged as one of the foremost Asian scholars of his generation, and is also familiar with contemporary Western methods of scholarship and education. A graduate of Karma Shri Nalanda Institute, an affiliate of Sampurnanand Sanskrit University in Varanasi (U.P.) India, Rinpoche has also completed courses of studies in English and comparative religions at Columbia University in New York City.

Over the years years, Rinpoche has become increasingly adept at applying personal computer technologies to education and archival preservation. Rinpoche is also accomplished in the visual arts.

In 2003, he founded a new international events center for Nalandabodhi in Seattle, Washington as a place for genuine teachings and transmission of Buddhism to the West.


For a more extensive biography, please visit Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche's website.

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