Phakchok Rinpoche, the Supreme Head of the Taklung Kagyu lineage, recently visited Lerab Ling for the first time.
Phakchok Rinpoche is the abbot of a monastery in Chapagaon in the southern Kathmandu Valley, and the Head of Riwoche Monastery in Tibet.
The recently reconstructed Riwoche monastery in Tibet. The original monastery was destroyed in the early 1950's.
Phakchok Rinpoche is the grandson of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and the eldest brother of the Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche. His father is Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche. Recognised by the Kagyü regents and ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Phakchok Rinpoche studied with a number of great lamas, including Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Penor Rinpoche, Trulshik Rinpoche and Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche.
He completed in seven years the traditional nine-year curriculum of Buddhist philosophy at the Dzongsar Institute of Advanced Buddhist Studies, in Bir, India and received the khenpo title from the Dalai Lama and H.E. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.
He also addressed students in the Rigpa Youth group, a new project that brings together young members of the Rigpa Sangha, who range in age from late teens to early thirties.
Phakchok Rinpoche, who is only 28 years old himself, showed a remarkably good understanding of young people in the modern world and was able to give invaluable advice, including how to deal with parents who do not support their children following the Dharma, to how to practise while watching a movie or when you're at a party.
(Photos courtesy of Jurek Schreiner Bart de Natris & www.phakchokrinpoche.org)