About Tsoknyi Rinpoche

For over 21 years, Tsoknyi Rinpoche has been teaching students worldwide about the innermost nature of mind in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Tsoknyi Rinpoche is one of those rare teachers whose lighthearted, yet illuminating style appeals to both beginners and advanced practitioners alike. He is truly a bridge between ancient wisdom and the modern mind.

“Because of his great love of the Dharma, clear and open expression of the teachings, tremendous service to others and wonderful kindness, Tsoknyi Rinpoche is a very important and inspiring teacher for me and so many others.” ~ Sharon Salzberg, Insight Meditation Society and Forest Refuge Founder/Teacher, Author of Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience

Rinpoche was born in 1966 and was recognized as a tulku at the age of eight. When he was thirteen he was brought to Khampagar Monastery at Tashi Jong in India, the seat of Khamtrul Rinpoche. His teachers include some of the most renowned masters of Tibet: Khamtrul Rinpoche Dongyu Nyima, his father Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche and Adeu Rinpoche.

Rinpoche is the spiritual head of two nunneries in Nepal, as well as one of the largest nunneries in Tibet. He also heads 50+ practice centres and hermitages with over 2,000 nuns and 900 monks that practice the Tsoknyi and Ratna Lingpa Lineages in the eastern region of Tibet (Nangchen). Yeshe Rangsal in Crestone, Colorado, is his seat in the West.

“The priceless treasures of Tibetan Buddhism are still being kept alive by the lineages of masters who offer them as blessings to the world. Tsoknyi Rinpoche embodies one of the most remarkable of these lineages. He is a profound and skillful teacher who has brought enormous benefit to those of us who have studied with him in the West. He is also the visionary leader of huge practice communities of nuns and monks in Tibet and Nepal.” ~ Jack Kornfeld, Spirit Rock Meditation Centre Founder and Teacher, Author of After the Ecstasy, the Laundry, among others