Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

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Ringu Tulku Rinpoche teaching at the Rigpa Shedra

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche (Tib. རི་མགུལ་སྤྲུལ་སྐུ་, Wyl. ri mgul sprul sku), Karma Tsultrim Gyurmé Trinlé (ཀརྨ་ཚུལ་ཁྲིམས་འགྱུར་མེད་ཕྲིན་ལས་, kar+ma tshul khrims 'gyur med phrin las) (b.1952) was born in Kham Lingtsang, in east Tibet, and recognised by His Holiness the sixteenth Gyalwang Karmapa as the incarnation of one of the tulkus of Ringu monastery, a Kagyüpa monastery in his home province.

He studied with some of the most distinguished khenpos of the Nyingma and Kagyü traditions and received teachings from many outstanding masters, including Thrangu Rinpoche, Dodrupchen Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentsé Rinpoche and the Gyalwang Karmapa. He was also a close disciple of Khenpo Tsöndrü. In 1975 he was awarded the title of Khenpo, and in 1983 the title of Lopön Chenpo[1].

Since 1990, he has been travelling and teaching in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia and Asia. He is the author of a number of books on Buddhism, as well as children’s books in both Tibetan and European languages. Rinpoche is extremely knowledgeable and with his excellent command of the English language, he is able to transmit the most complicated teachings in a remarkably accessible way, infused with his characteristic warmth and sense of humour.

He is the founder of Bodhicharya, an international organization that coordinates his worldwide activities to preserve and transmit Buddhist teachings, to promote intercultural dialogues as well as educational and social projects.

Teachings Given to the Rigpa Sangha





  • Sikkim, India, June/July 2020, prajnaonline: The Life of the Buddha: Heart Lessons. Available here
  • Rigpa Germany online, 26 September 2021, Beyond Us and You—Buddha's idea of ​​spiritual community
  • Rigpa Germany online, 1 January 2022, Parting and New Beginning. Available here
  • Dharma Mati, Germany, 7 July 2022, What will Buddhism look like in 30 years?
  • Dzogchen Beara, Ireland, 28-31 October 2022 Lamp to Dispel Darkness by Mipham Rinpoche
  • Rigpa Germany, online, 20 November and 14 December 2022: The Essence Of Guru Yoga - A Direct Way Of Connecting To Our Potential
  • Tuncurry, Australia, Daring Steps towards Fearlesslenss, January 2023; Guru Rinpoche empowerment from the Konchok Chidu, 20 January 2023
  • Dharma Mati, Germany, Seeing Purely, 17 May 2023
  • Dzogchen Beara, the three trainings, 30 June-2 July 2023
  • Lerab Ling,
    • 26 September-1 October 2023, Bodhicharyavatara end of of Chapter 9 (verses 55-167)
    • 1 October 2023, public talk Meetings Life's Challenges
  • Dharma Mati, Germany, UNSHAKEABLE CONFIDENCE – How to find refuge in our ultimate nature in times of confusion and turmoil, 10 November 2023. Available here


  1. He received this title, which corresponds to a doctoral degree, from the International Nyingma Society for his extensive research on Jamgon Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye and the Rimé movement. The International Nyingma Society was founded by Dudjom Rinpoche.


  • Ringu Tulku, 'Zog-chen Gon-pa' in Tibet Journal, Volume 1, No. 3 & 4, Autumn 1976
  • Ringu Tulku, Lazy Lama Series (Bodhicharya Publications)
  • Ringu Tulku, Path to Buddhahood: Teachings on Gampopa’s Jewel Ornament of Liberation, (Shambhala Publications, 2003)
  • Ringu Tulku, Daring Steps Towards Fearlessness: The Three Vehicles of Buddhism, Snow Lion Publications, 2005
  • Ringu Tulku, The Ri-me Philosophy of Jamgön Kongtrul the Great, Shambhala Publications, 2006
  • Ringu Tulku, Mind Training (Shambhala Publications, 2007)
  • Ringu Tulku, Confusion Arises as Wisdom—Gampopa's Heart Advice on the Path of Mahamudra (Shambhala, 2012)
  • Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Journey from Head to Heart: Along a Buddhist Path (Bodhicharya Publications, 2013)
  • Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Lazy Lama Looks at Relaxing in Natural Awareness (Bodhicharya Publications, 2015)
  • Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Riding Stormy Waves: Victory Over the Maras (Bodhicharya Publications, 2015)
  • Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Parables from the Heart: Teachings in the Tibetan Oral Tradition (Bodhicharya Publications, 2016)
  • Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Radiance of the Heart: Kindness, Compassion, Bodhicitta (Bodhicharya Publications, 2018)
  • Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Meeting Challenges: Unshaken by Life's Ups and Downs (Bodhicharya Publications, 2018)
  • Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Lazy Lama looks at The Six Paramitas (Bodhicharya Publications, 2021)
  • Ringu Tulku Rinpoche with Mary Heneghan, White Tara – Healing Light of Wisdom (Bodhicharya, 2022)

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