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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 Ringul 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.


  • Ringu Tulku, 'Zog-chen Gon-pa' in Tibet Journal, Volume 1, No. 3 & 4, Autumn 1976
  • Ringu Tulku, Lazy Lama Series (Bodhicharya Publications)
  • Ringu Tulku, Path to Buddhahood: Teachings on Gampopa’s Jewel Ornament of Liberation, (Shambhala Publications, 2003)
  • Ringu Tulku, Daring Steps Towards Fearlessness: The Three Vehicles of Buddhism, Snow Lion Publications, 2005
  • Ringu Tulku, The Ri-me Philosophy of Jamgön Kongtrul the Great, Shambhala Publications, 2006
  • Ringu Tulku, Mind Training (Shambhala Publications, 2007)
  • Ringu Tulku, Confusion Arises as Wisdom—Gampopa's Heart Advice on the Path of Mahamudra (Shambhala, 2012)
  • Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Journey from Head to Heart: Along a Buddhist Path (Bodhicharya Publications, 2013)
  • Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Lazy Lama Looks at Relaxing in Natural Awareness (Bodhicharya Publications, 2015)
  • Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Riding Stormy Waves: Victory Over the Maras (Bodhicharya Publications, 2015)
  • Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Parables from the Heart: Teachings in the Tibetan Oral Tradition (Bodhicharya Publications, 2016)
  • Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Radiance of the Heart: Kindness, Compassion, Bodhicitta (Bodhicharya Publications, 2018)
  • Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Meeting Challenges: Unshaken by Life's Ups and Downs (Bodhicharya Publications, 2018)


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  • Ringu Tulku – Dealing with Difficult Times
    Description: Buddhist master Ringu Tulku about dealing with difficult times. Interview by Study Buddhism.
  • Ringu Tulku Rinpoche Totnes 2012 Interview Part 1
    Description: Ringu Tulku Rinpoche interviewed in Totnes, Devon, UK Summer 2012
  • Ringu Tulku Rinpoche Totnes Interview Part 2
    Description: In the second part of the interview Rinpoche talks about young people and spirituality, global economic crisis and feelings of despair.
  • Ri-Mé_Approach
    Description: Ris or Phyog-ris in Tibetan means "one-sided", "partisan" or "sectarian". Med means "No". Ris-med (Wylie), or Rimé, therefore means "no sides", "non-partisan" or "non-sectarian". It does not mean "non-conformist" or "non-committal"; nor does it mean forming a new School or system that is different from the existing ones.

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