His Eminence Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche
His Eminence Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche was born in the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains where he was recognized as a holy child and began training as a Lama at the age of four. Rinpoche attended the Buddhist University in Sarnath, Varanasi, and later received transmissions and empowerments from many of the greatest Nyingma and Kargyu masters of our time. Rinpoche is a lineage holder of the Great Perfection (Dzogchen) tradition—his primary root teacher is His Holiness Chatral Rinpoche.
With great compassion and wisdom, Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche teaches us how to actualize the essence of this precious human life and live completely and fully. Rinpoche’s spontaneous, refreshing, and often humorous style of teaching reconnects us to our fundamental nature. He teaches us how to seize the moment and live with clarity, kindness and genuine understanding. Rinpoche's powerful blessings remove obstacles on the spiritual path and his gentle guidance beckons us home to the purity and simplicity of our true nature.
For over 25 years, His Eminence has conducted retreats, seminars, and empowerments at centers throughout the world. Rinpoche gives teachings and empowerments for large groups of hundreds of followers or for small gatherings of a several devoted students. When teachings are requested, Rinpoche responds with kindness and compassion.
In 1987, His Eminence was invited to come to the United States to teach. Arriving on the East Coast of the United States with only a hundred dollars in his pocket and only two sets of robes, he traveled across the country for one month, giving teachings along the way. Some of Rinpoche’s close students requested that he remain in America, and Rinpoche spent much of the next 20 years in the United States sharing his understanding of Buddhist teachings and practice. His Eminence founded Rangrig Yeshe Inc. in the United States, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to benefit beings through teachings, meditation retreats, and other compassionate activities.
During this time, Rinpoche had many requests from people in the Himalayan region for teachings and support. Rinpoche responded by establishing Shyalpa Monastery and Nunnery in Kathmandu, Nepal, and more recently, the Miphan School, a traditional Buddhist study center. In addition, he formed the Himalayan Children’s Fund, which sponsors poor and underpriviledged children.
In 2009, Rinpoche founded Wencheng Gongzhu International Foundation in Hong Kong (with branches in Taiwan and Malaysia) to support his compassionate activities and spread the peaceful and healing message of the Lord Buddha.
In 2013, the Nepalese government entrusted His Eminence with the task of developing a precious tract of land in the birthplace of the Buddha in Lumbini, Nepal. This project holds great historical and spiritual significance. Rinpoche’s vision is to build a sanctuary that will honor and glorify the sacred birthplace of Shakyamuni Buddha and serve as a pilgrimage site for visitors of every race, color, and creed—a fountain of universal peace and understanding. The Mahasiddha Sanctuary for Universal Peace in Lumbini will be built to last for 1,000 years. His Eminence Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche would like to invite all of humanity to participate and support this most sacred project and pay sincere respect to Lord Buddha. In this way, everyone will have the opportunity to accumulate good karma together.
To live fully, we need to cultivate great respect for everyone. Within the unconditional appreciation of our breath, we will find unconditional love for all beings. When we realize how precious our own breath is, we will not think of hurting anyone, not even a tiny ant running across our table.
— Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche
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