Gelek Rinpoche, October 2014
26 October 1939|
|Died||15 February 2017
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche (Tibetan: སྐྱབས་རྗེ་དགེ་ལེགས་རིན་པོ་ཆེ།, Wylie: skyabs rje dge legs rin po che/) was a Tibetan Buddhist lama who was born in Lhasa, Tibet on 26 October 1939. His personal name was Gelek; kyabje and rimpoche are titles meaning "teacher" (lit., "lord of refuge") and "precious," respectively. He was a tulku, an incarnate lama, of Drepung Monastic University, where he received the scholastic degree of Geshe Lharampa, the highest degree given, at an exceptionally young age.
In 1959, Gelek fled to India from Tibet and gave up monastic life. He was one of the first students of the Young Lamas Home School. He is the founder and president of Jewel Heart, "a spiritual, cultural, and humanitarian organization that translates the ancient wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism into contemporary life."
Beat-poet Allen Ginsberg was among the more prominent of Jewel Heart's members. Ginsberg met with Gelek Rinpoche through the modern composer Philip Glass in 1989. Allen and Philip jointly staged benefits for the Jewel Heart organization.
- Good Life, Good Death: Tibetan Wisdom on Reincarnation, Riverhead Books, 2001, ISBN 1-57322-196-1
- The Tara Box: Rituals for Protection and Healing From the Female Buddha (with Brenda Rosen), New World Library, 2004, ISBN 1-57731-461-1
- Biography of Gelek Rimpoche, from Jewel Heart
- "An Audience With Kyabje Gelek Rinpoche". Official Website of His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. Retrieved 2013-08-18.[permanent dead link]
- "The Four Noble Truths: Online Retreat with Gelek Rimpoche". Tricycle Magazine. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
- American Rimpoche documentary film about the life of Gelek Rimpoche