Our Spiritual Director

Khenchen Parchhimbha Dorjee Rinpoche

Khenchen Lama Rinpoche was born on 20th November 1978 in Kham (Eastern Tibet). Since very early childhood he exhibited unusual compassion and fondness towards meditation. At the age of three, the head of Nyingma lineage His Holiness Sera Yangtul Rinpoche recognized Khenchen Rinpoche as a true reincarnation of Padma Dagnag Lingpa. Padma Dagnag Lingpa was a reincarnation of Nupchen Sangye Yeshe, one of the five closest disciples of Guru Padmasambhava and the founder of the Yogi lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. H.H. Sera Yangtul Rinpoche also prophesized, that Khenchen Rinpoche would particularly benefit students in Europe and the USA in this lifetime.

Despite the pressures to take over the abbot charges of four monasteries at an early age, Khenchen Lama Rinpoche was encouraged by his mother to undertake rigorous study and practices.

Rinpoche received the following Buddhist teachings:

– Study of the Text in 30 verses by Sambhotra with Khenchen Jigme Namgayal
– Study of preliminary practices by Patrul Rinpoche and study of nine successive vehicles to enlightenment with Khenchen Padma Tsewang Rinpoche.
– Sutra and Tantra study at Ahrik University and Larung University in Tibet under the guidance of his root teacher H.H. Jigmed Phuntsok Rinpoche (the study include Buddhist philosophy, meditation, logic, medicine, astrology, languages, grammar, lexicography, dance and drama).
– Two years sanskrit study with Khenchen Pema Tsewang.
– Numerous teachings, transmissions and empowerments from leading masters and teachers in all main lineages of Tibetan Buddhism including Nyingma, Sankya, Kagyu, Gelug, Jonang and Bonpo.
– Lineage holder and Tulku in the lineage of Padma Dragnag Lingpa including Dzogchen Kalachakra terma.
– Key transmissions, empowerments and teachings received – Kama and Terma (e.g., Dudjom tersar, Nyingtik Yazhi (Khandro Nyingtik, Longchen Nyingtik, Vima Nyingtik, Dzamo Nyingtik, Rinchen Terzod etc); Six Yogas of Naropa; Mahamudra)

At the age of 17 Rinpoche received Khenpo title from Ahrig University, The Great Buddhist Institute for Higher Learning, Kham, Tibet and in 1999 at 21 Khenchen title from the same University. Further in the year 2001 H.H. Drigung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, Phagdru Institute, Kathmandu, Nepal also conferred Khenchen title to Rinpoche.

Rinpoche has also undergone English language study at Coleg Menai, Bangor, Gwynedd and completed Cambridge English Entry Level award in ESOL Skills for life; E2 Speaking and listening; E2 reading and ESOL for Information Technology. Rinpoche passed Grade 5 examination in English for life in the United Kingdom (British naturalization exam) – Trinity College London, Trinity Brimingham SELT Centre 1.

 

(Photo of the great Terton Padma Dragnag Lingpa)

Rinpoche is specialized in the teaching of:

– Preliminary practices (Words of My Perfect Teacher by Patrul Rinpoche)
– Padmasambhava’s Natural Liberation (Six Bardos) cycle of teachings and Jigme Lingpa’s Yeshe Lama.
– Teachings of the Padma Dragnag Lingpa Dzogchen cycle

While studying, Rinpoche also spent two to three months each year in silent solitary retreat summing up to about four years of retreat in total.

After receiving his Khenpo and Khenchen titles, Khenchen Lama taught debate, astrology, sutra and tantra at many different monasteries and centres in Tibet, Nepal, India, Malaysia, Singapore, China and the United States.

· Regular annual teaching at Jewo monastery in Kham Tibet and Ahnye Monastery in Kham, Tibet
· Head Lecturer, Palden Phagdru Institute Trust, Kathmandu (one time supervised completion studies of 16 Khenpos)

· Present spiritual director of the Awam Institute in Tucson, Arizona, USA
· Spiritual Director of Awam Tibetan Heart Center, USA, Awam King Gesar Monastery, Slovenia
· Teaching at Buddhist centres in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Slovenia, Spain and the UK

Besides teaching, his main efforts have concentrated on building and sustaining an orphanage in Tibet that currently provides accommodation, food, clothing and education to 150 children. He would also like to build a retreat centre for yogis in Tibet in the future. Rinpoche hold United Kingdom’s citizenship.

The following are Rinpoche’s scholarly publications:

1. Khenchen Lama, P.D. (2008 – present). Numerous poems and commentaries on a Dharma blog. www.amahonet.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-page-html (in Tibetan).
2. Khenchen Lama, P. D. (2009). Commentary on 21 Taras. (In Tibetan). Gansumz Publications. Ladu, Tibet. http://www.dobum.org/index.php…
3. Khenchen Lama, P. D. (2009). Heart of Yoga Meditation. (in Tibetan)
4. Khenchen Lama, P. D. (2010). Songs of Meditation – three volumes – Dhalu Pedma Gesar (vol.1), Dhonlu Yidzhin Norbu (vol. 2), Taklu (vol. 3). (in Tibetan)
5. Khenchen Lama, P. D. (2015). Nature of Phenomena Dharma Songs. (in Tibetan) http://www.tibetanebook.com/…
6. Khenchen Lama Rinpoche (2016). Tibetan Meditation Yoga: Ancient Teachings Living Today. (Self-published book).

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and H.E Chodpa Lama Tashi Dorjee wrote Rinpoche’s long life prayer.

 

(Painting of Nubchen Sangye Yeshe)​

 

Lineage

Nubchen Sangye Yeshe

Nubchen Sangye Yeshe was one of the twenty-five disciples of Padmasambhava. Sangye Yeshe means “Buddha Wisdom.” He was the chief recipient of the Anuyoga teachings as well as the Yamantaka of Mahayoga. In addition to Guru Rinpoche, his other teachers were Traktung Nagpo and Chogyal Kyong of India, Vasudhara of Nepal, and Chetsen Kye from the country of Drusha.

He visited India and Nepal seven times. When the evil king Langdarma attempted to destroy Buddhism in Tibet, Sangye Yeshe instilled fear in the king by causing an enormous scorpion, the size of nine yaks, to magically appear by a single gesture of his right hand. Through this, Langdarma lost the courage to persecute the Vajrayana sangha who dressed in white robes and kept long hair. Thus, Nubchen Sangye Yeshe is considered an important person for development of the White Sangha of lay yogis (ngagpas). Khenchen Paljea Pa Dorjee Rinpoche is considered one of his reincarnations.

Nupchen Sangye Yeshe is renowned for having preserved a number of tantric lineages through the so-called “dark period” of Tibetan history (roughly 842-978 C.E.), when state supported monastic Buddhism fell into decline. Nupchen authored many works, including the Lamp for the Eye in Contemplation (bsam gtan mig sgron), an extensive discussion of early Tibetan contemplative systems.

But by far his longest work is his little read Armor Against Darkness (mun pa’i go cha), a systematic commentary on the Compendium of the Intentions Sūtra. In preparing his commentary, Nupchen studied directly under Chetsenkye and the other translators of the Compendium Sutra. In the Samten Migdrön, Nubchen Sangye Yeshe establishes a salient distinction within the Mahayana between the “Gradual Vehicle of Bodhisattvas” (Sanskrit: Bodhisattvayana) and the “Sudden Mahayana” corresponding to the Dhyana, Ch’an or Zen school.

 

Sangye Yeshe means ‘Buddha Wisdom’.

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