Tsoknyi Rinpoche

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Tsoknyi Rinpoche at Adeu Rinpoche's monastery in Nangchen, Eastern Tibet. Photo courtesy of Matthew Pistono

Tsoknyi Rinpoche (Tib. ཚོགས་གཉིས་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་, Wyl. tshogs gnyis rin po che) or Ngawang Tsoknyi Gyatso (b. 13 March 1966) – the third Tsoknyi Rinpoche was recognized by His Holiness the sixteenth Gyalwang Karmapa as the reincarnation of Drubwang Tsoknyi Rinpoche. He is a renowned master of the Drukpa Kagyü and Nyingma traditions and the lineage holder of the Ratna Lingpa Lineage and the Tsoknyi Lineage. Since 1991, Tsoknyi Rinpoche has been teaching in the Dzogchen tradition, communicating from the ancient teachings into the modern mind, and is one of those rare teachers whose lighthearted yet illuminating style appeals to both beginners and advanced practitioners. His main teachers were Khamtrul Rinpoche Dongyü Nyima, his father Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche and Adeu Rinpoche.


  • Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Open Heart, Open Mind—Awakening the Power of Essence Love (New York City: Harmony Books, 2012)
  • Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Fearless Simplicity: The Dzogchen Way of Living Freely in a Complex World, includes a foreword by Sogyal Rinpoche (Boudhanath, Hong Kong & Esby: Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 2003) ISBN 9-62-734148-7
  • Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Carefree Dignity: Discourses on Training in the Nature of Mind (Boudhanath, Hong Kong & Esby: Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 1998)

Teachings Given to the Rigpa Sangha


  • San Francisco, 3 October 1997
  • Lerab Ling, 29 July-5 August 1998, Ground, Path and Fruition
  • Munich, Germany, 25 May 1999
  • L'Orangeraie, Paris, France, 29-30 May 1999, Buddha Nature and Introduction to the Correct View of Meditation
  • London, UK, 1-3 June 1999
  • Berlin, Germany, 5-6 June 1999
  • Lerab Ling, France, 14-29 August 1999, Ground, Path and Fruition


  • Los Angeles, 19 May 2000
  • San Francisco, 24 June 2000
  • San Francisco, 11 June 2001, public talk
  • London, 4 November 2001, Ground, Path and Fruition
  • Sydney, 23 November 2001, Public Talk
  • Lerab Ling, 2002
    • 1-8 September, Teachings and advice for Rigpa instructors
    • 14-15 September, Dzogchen
  • Lerab Ling, 9-13 August 2003, Instructor Retreat
  • Lerab Ling, 23-28 July 2007
  • Lerab Ling, 18-25 July 2008
  • Lerab Ling, 2-8 November 2009


  • Rigpa Shedra, Pharping, Nepal, 12 Jan 2010, advice on how to study
  • Rigpa Shedra, Pharping, Nepal, 2013
  • London, UK, 11-12 April 2015
  • Lerab Ling, France, 9-10 May 2015
  • Winterberg, Germany, 31 October 2017, lojong (teaching through streaming)
  • Lerab Ling, France, 1-5 August 2018, Meditation and Dzogchen
  • Lerab Ling, 6-9 August 2019, Vipashyana: The Path of Recognizing Our True Nature

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