Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche

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Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche
School Nyingma
Other names Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche
Dharma names Nyoshul Jamyang Dorje
Nationality Tibetan
Born 1932
Dergé region of Kham
Died 1999
Senior posting
Title Khenpo
Religious career
Teacher Jigdral Yeshe Dorje, 2nd Dudjom Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, 16th Karmapa
Students Surya Das, Sogyal Rinpoche

Nyoshül Khenpo Rinpoche (1932-1999), more fully Nyoshül Khenpo Jamyang Dorje (Tibetan: སྨྱོ་ཤུལ་མཁན་པོ་འཇམ་དབྱངས་རྡོ་རྗེ་Wylie: smyo shul mkhan po 'jam dbyangs rdo rje), was a Tibetan lama born in the Derge region of Kham.[1][2]


Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche was born in 1932 in the Derge region of Kham, Tibet. At the age of five, Rinpoche joined a Sakya monastery, in which he began his Buddhist studies.[1] At age seventeen, he studied Longchen Nyingthig teachings[1] and Dzogchen[2] at the Nyoshul monastery.[1] In 1959, when he was twenty-seven, he fled to India as the Chinese invaded Tibet at the Battle of Chamdo.[1][3]

In India, Rinpoche studied under the second Dudjom Rinpoche (Jigdral Yeshe Dorje),[3] Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche,[3] and the sixteenth Karmapa (Rangjung Rigpe Dorje).[1]

Some of Rinpoche's students include Surya Das[4][5] and Sogyal Rinpoche.[6]


  • Natural Great Perfection (with Surya Das). Paperback: 204 pages; Publisher: Snow Lion Publications; 1st ed. USA edition (October 25, 1995); ISBN 1-55939-049-2
  • A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage. Hardcover: 687 pages; Publisher: Padma Publishing; (November 1, 2005); ISBN 1-881847-41-1


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