Akhyuk Rinpoche

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Lama Akhyuk Rinpoche, Jamyang Lungtok Gyaltsen, (མཁན་པོ་ཨ་ཁྱུག) was born in Trom, Eastern Tibet. He entered Trom Dokhol Monastery and was ordained at age fifteen, serving teachers of the Sakya, Nyingma and Gelug lineages. Eventually, he went to study with Tromgé Arik Rinpoche, a student of Khenpo Ngawang Palzang, serving him for thirty-three years. During the military occupation of Tibet, Lama Akhyuk was his guru’s attendant, enduring great hardship without regard for his own health or life, and so proving to be an ideal heart-son. Arik Rinpoche empowered him as a holder of his lineage, conferring on him all of the advice and instructions of the Lamdré cycle and the Dzogchen approach.

Once restrictions on the practice of Buddhism were eased, Akyhuk Rinpoche began to teach widely, instructing vast numbers of monastic and lay people. Lama Akhyuk Rinpoche is a great exponent of Dzogchen. After spending decades in retreat with Arik Rinpoche, he established Yachen Orgyen Samten Chöling, also known as Yachen Gar, an encampment of thousands of monks, nuns and lay practitioners, in an isolated valley near Kandze in Sichuan, China. This settlement provides students with an opportunity to receive a comprehensive Buddhist education. Lama Akhyuk Rinpoche taught regularly at this centre. With the passing of Khenpo Jikme Phuntsok Rinpoche in 2004, Akhyuk Rinpoche was considered the seniormost teacher of the Nyingma tradition residing in Tibet.

He passed away in the early morning, 2:15am, July, 23, 2011.

Further Reading

  • Nyoshul Khenpo, A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage, Padma Publications, 2005, pages 521—522.

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