Ringu Tulku

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Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche (b. 1952) is a Tibetan Buddhist teacher of the Kagyu tradition. He was born in Kham Lingtsang, in eastern Tibet, and was recognized by Sixteenth Gyalwang Karmapa as the incarnation of one of the tulkus of Ringu monastery, a Kagyüpa monastery in his home province.

He has studied with some of the most distinguished teachers of the Nyingma and Kagyu traditions, including Khenpo Thrangu, Dodrupchen Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and the Gyalwang Karmapa. In 1975, he received the title "Khenpo" from the sixteenth karmapa. In 1983 he recieved the title "Lopon Chenpo" from the International Nyingma Society for his research on Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Thayé and his Rimé movement.

He took his formal education at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Gangtok and Sampurnananda Sanskrit University, Varanasi, India. He has also served as Professor of Tibetology in Sikkim for 17 years.

He began teaching Western students in 1990. Since that time, he has been teaching Buddhism and meditation at many Buddhist centres and universities in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and Asia. He also participates in various interfaith dialogues. He authored several books on Buddhism as well as some children’s books both in Tibetan and European languages.

He founded Bodhicharya, an international organization that coordinates global activities to disseminate and preserve Buddhist teachings, promote intercultural dialogues and support educational and social projects.

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche is appreciated by his students for his high level of learning and because of the clarity, simplicity and spontaneity with which he speaks.


The following list is a partial bibliography:

  • The Boy Who Had A Dream, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche (1995)
  • The Lazy Lama Looks at Buddhist Meditation, Ringu Tulku (1998)
  • The Lazy Lama Looks at The Four Noble Truths, Ringu Tulku (1999)
  • The Lazy Lama Looks at Refuge Finding a Purpose and a Path, Ringu Tulku (2000)
  • The Lazy Lama Looks at Bodhichitta Awakening Compassion and Wisdom, Ringu Tulku (2001)
  • Mind Training The Lojong or Ringu Tulku (2003)
  • The Ri-me Philosophy or Jamgon Kongtrul the Great (2006)
  • Path to Buddhahood


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