Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

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Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in Lerab Ling Sept. 2008

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche (Tib. རྫོང་གསར་མཁྱེན་བརྩེ་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་, Wyl. rdzong gsar mkhyen brtse rin po che) (b. 1961) — the principal incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö.


Born in Bhutan, Thubten Chökyi Gyamtso, also known as Khyentse Norbu, was recognized by H.H. Sakya Trizin as the third incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, the founder of the Khyentse lineage, and the immediate incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö. He received empowerments and teachings from the greatest lamas, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa and his own grandfathers, Kyabjé Dudjom Rinpoche and Lama Sönam Zangpo, but his main master was Kyabjé Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. The Khyentse tradition being non sectarian (Rimé), he received teachings from masters of the the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He later attended London's School of Oriental and African Studies.

Working tirelessly for the preservation of the Buddhist teachings, he has created centres of learning in Bhutan, India, the Far East as well as in Europe, Australia and North America, while supervising his traditional seat, Dzongsar Monastery, in Eastern Tibet.

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche is also a filmmaker. He has directed The Cup (1999), Travellers and Magicians (2003), Vara: A Blessing (2013), Hema Hema (2016) and Looking For a Lady With Fangs and a Moustache (2021).

Teachings & Empowerments Given to the Rigpa Sangha

  • 9 February 1986, London
  • 27 June 1989, London
  • 16-17, 19, 26, 30 June & 1, 7, 11 July 1990, London
  • 14-15, July 1990, Berlin
  • 18 July 1990, London
  • 14, 16-20 August 1990, Prapoutel
  • 19-20 October 1991, Rigpa London, Heart Sutra
  • 1-3 November 1991, Berlin, Rigdzin Düpa empowerment
  • 8-9 February 1992, Rigpa London, Prayer of Kuntuzangpo
  • 15-16 February 1992, Berlin, ??
  • 22-23 February 1992, London, Prayer of Kuntuzangpo continued
  • 9 May 1992, Munich
  • 23-24 1992, Lerab Ling
  • 9 June 1995, Paris, rue Burcq
  • 14 February 1996, London
  • 22-23 June 1996, London, Madhyamika
  • 19-21 August 1996, Lerab Ling, Chimé Pakmé Nyingtik empowerment
  • 27-28 June 1998, London, The Four Seals
  • 10 August 1998, Lerab Ling, Rigdzin Düpa empowerment
  • 8-16 August 1998, Lerab Ling, teachings on Rigdzin Düpa
  • 11 March 2000, Rigpa Paris, France, the four seals
  • 5-9 September 2001, Rigpa London, teachings on Rigdzin Düpa
  • 3-4 April 2004, Rigpa Paris, kyerim, vipashyana
  • 26 June 2010, Rigpa Berlin, Sangha and Tendrel Nyesel
  • 2 September 2011, Lerab Ling, The Prayer of Yeshe Tsogyal, teaching and lung
  • 12-13 April 2014, Rigpa Berlin, teachings on lojong; available on YouTube
  • 24-25 February 2018, Dharma Mati, Berlin, Germany, Vajrayana Buddhism in the Modern World: The Challenges of Maintaining an Authentic Tradition. View teaching on YouTube
  • 28 February-1 March 2018, Lerab Ling, Vajrayana Buddhism in the West—The Challenges and Misunderstandings of our Times. View teaching on YouTube
  • 8 March 2018, Rigpa centre, Levallois, Buddhism in the West—The Challenges and Misunderstandings of our Times. View teaching on YouTube
  • 10-11 March 2018, London, The Future of Buddhism: Challenges and Opportunities in Modern Society. View first talk and second talk on YouTube.


  • Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, What makes You Not a Buddhist (Boston & London: Shambhala, 2008)
  • Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, Not for Happiness: A Guide to the So-Called Preliminary Practices (Boston & London: Shambhala, 2012)
  • Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, The Guru Drinks Bourbon? (Boston & London: Shambhala, 2016)
  • Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, Poison is Medicine—Clarifying the Vajrayana (Siddharta's Intent, 2021), available here
  • Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, Living is Dying - How to Prepare for Dying, Death and Beyond (Siddharta's Intent, 2020), available here

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