Monday, 8 June 2009

Fiftieth Anniversary of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of one of the greatest Tibetan Buddhist masters of the 20th century, Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö.

Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö was born in 1893 in Kham, Eastern Tibet and passed away in Gangtok, Sikkim in 1959 after having fled Tibet three years earlier. He was recognized as an incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo the Great and became renowned as a great Rimé, or non-sectarian, master, having studied with over fifty masters from all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Jamyang Khyentse was also teacher to some of the most important masters who brought Buddhism to the West, including Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, His Holiness Sakya Trizin and, of course, Sogyal Rinpoche, who he treated like his own son.

For more information about Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö's life, check out Remembering the Masters.

Sogyal Rinpoche, the Three Year Retreatants at Lerab Ling and Rigpa students around the world will be celebrating this anniversary together, and the events from Lerab Ling will be video-streamed live to Rigpa centres this evening. For more information contact your local centre.

According to the Tibetan calendar, Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö's fiftieth anniversary will be celebrated on the 28th June 2009.

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