Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

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Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche
Surya Das and friend.jpg
Pictured is Lama Surya Das (left) and Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche (right)
Religion Buddhism
School Nyingma
Other names Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche
Dharma names Nyoshul Jamyang Dorje
Nationality Tibetan
Born 1932
Dergé region of Kham
Died 1999
Senior posting
Title Khenpo
Religious career
Teacher Jigdral Yeshe Dorje, 2nd Dudjom Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, 16th Karmapa

Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche (1932–1999), or Nyoshul Khenpo Jamyang Dorje (Tib. སྨྱོ་ཤུལ་མཁན་པོ་འཇམ་དབྱངས་རྡོ་རྗེ་, Wyl. smyo shul mkhan po 'jam dbyangs rdo rje), was a teacher and yogi within the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism.[1][2]


Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche was born in 1932 in the Derge region of Kham, Tibet.[3] At the age of five, Rinpoche was taken to a Sakya monastery where he had his hair cut and was given a refuge name.[4] At age eight, he was enrolled in the monastery and began his Buddhist studies.[4] At age eighteen, he studied Longchen Nyingthig teachings[5] and Dzogchen[2] at the Nyoshul monastery.[1] At the time of 1959 Tibetan uprising, when he was twenty-seven, under fire from the Chinese, he fled to India with 70 people, but only 5 arrived.[1][6]

In India, Rinpoche studied under the second Dudjom Rinpoche (Jigdral Yeshe Dorje),[6] Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche,[6] and the sixteenth Karmapa (Rangjung Rigpe Dorje).[1]


  • Nyoshul Khenpo, A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage, translated by Richard Barron (Junction City: Padma Publishing, 2005)
  • Nyoshul Khenpo, Natural Great Perfection, translated by Lama Surya Das (Ithaca: Snow Lion Publications, 1995)
  • Nyoshul Khenpo Jamyang Dorje, The Fearless Lion's Roar: Profound Instructions on Dzogchen, the Great Perfection, translated by David Christensen (Boston & London: Snow Lion, 2015)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Tribute to Nyoshul Khenpo Jamyang Dorje
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Dzogchen Lineage of Nyoshul Khenpo Archived 2010-10-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. Natural Great Perfection. With Surya Das (1st USA ed.). Snow Lion Publications. 1995. p. 13. ISBN 1-55939-049-2. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Natural Great Perfection. With Surya Das (1st USA ed.). Snow Lion Publications. 1995. p. 14. ISBN 1-55939-049-2. 
  5. Natural Great Perfection. With Surya Das (1st USA ed.). Snow Lion Publications. 1995. p. 17. ISBN 1-55939-049-2. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

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