Today is the anniversary of Kyabjé Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, one of the greatest Dzogchen masters of the twentieth century, and the teacher of many of the important lamas of today, including Sogyal Rinpoche.
Born in 1910 in the Derge region of Kham, Eastern Tibet, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was recognized as the mind emanation of the first Khyentse Rinpoche, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, and was one of the closest disciples of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö (1896-1959).
He was one of the last great masters to complete his entire training in Tibet, at Shechen Monastery, studying there for many years. From the age of fifteen to twenty-eight he lived in silent retreat, in remote hermitages and caves. He left Tibet and went into exile in the 1950's settling in Bhutan,where he passed away in 1991.
In his introduction to Brilliant Moon, An Autobiography of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Sogyal Rinpoche wrote:
Who could ever forget Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche if they had ever seen him? Both in his spiritual realization and in his physical appearance and build, he was larger than life. In every sense there was something universal, even superhuman, about him, so much so that at one stage the young incarnate lamas he looked after with such infinite and tender care would playfully call him ‘Mr Universe’...
On one hand, Khyentse Rinpoche’s enlightened qualities were so self-evident that no one could miss them, and on the other, he was forever humble, because he had tamed his mind and his whole being. He was always the same, stable and unchanging, his equanimity as steadfast as a mountain, his wisdom as endless as the sky, and his enlightened qualities as vast as an ocean.
Next year marks the 100th anniversary of Khyenste Rinpoche's birth. As part of the celebrations, Dilgo Khyentse's incarnation, Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche will visit Lerab Ling from 12-17 July. Details of his visit will be available closer to the date on www.rigpa.org