Lama Chokden

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Lama Chokden. Sogyal Rinpoche once said "If you need a picture of someone sitting, use this one".

Lama Chokden (Wyl. bla ma mchog ldan), whose full name was Jamyang Lodrö Chokden ('jam dbyangs blo gros mchog ldan), was from Tsechu Monastery in Nangchen, East Tibet. He was Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö’s master of ceremonies and later became one of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche's tutors. Sogyal Rinpoche wrote:

My master’s closest assistant and master of ceremonies, Lama Chokden, had been with my master longer than anyone. He was a silent, serious, ascetic man with piercing eyes and sunken cheeks, and a dignified and elegant but humble manner. Chokden was known for his fundamental integrity, his deep, human decency, his courtesy of heart, and his extraordinary memory: He seemed to remember every word my master said, and every story, and he knew the smallest details of all the most intricate rituals and their significance. He was also an exemplary practitioner and a teacher in his own right.[1]


  1. The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, Rider, 2002, pp. 273–4