Dezhung Rinpoche

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Dezhung Rinpoche III with Chris Wilkinson seated at the feet of his lama, wearing Buddhist robes, malas, likely Seattle, date unknown

Dezhung Rinpoche, born Ngawang Zangpo, (1906–1987) was a Tibetan lama of the Sakya school, one of four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism (the others being the Nyingma, Kagyu, and Gelug). In 1960 he came to Seattle, Washington in the United States of America, one of the first Tibetan lamas to settle and teach in the United States.[1]

Rinpoche was the root teacher of the leading translator Christopher Wilkinson. [2]


  1. ^ Jackson, David Paul (2003). A Saint in Seattle: The Life of the Tibetan Mystic Dezhung Rinpoche. Wisdom publications. pp. 768 pages. ISBN 0-86171-396-6. 
  2. ^ Wilkinson, Christopher (2015). The Gods and Demons are Not Two. CreateSpace. p. i. ISBN 978-1519615701. 

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