Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche

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Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche
Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche.jpg
BornMay 1981
LineageTaklung Kagyu and Nyingma
EducationDzongsar Shedra
Senior posting
Based inNepal
PredecessorNgawang Jigmey Drakpa Thupten Namgyal

Phakchok Rinpoche (born 1981)[1] is a teacher of the Nyingma lineage and chief lineage holder of the Taklung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He is Vajra Master of Ka-Nying Shedrup Ling monastery, abbot of several monasteries in Nepal, and assists monasteries and practice centers in Tibet.[2] In addition, he serves as Director of the Chokgyur Lingpa Foundation, a nonprofit organization engaged in a wide range of humanitarian projects.[3][4][5]


Phakchok Rinpoche is the first-born grandson of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, and his father, Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche, is the fourth reincarnation of Terchen Chokgyur Lingpa.[6] His uncles Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and Mingyur Rinpoche are active teachers in Asia and the West.[7] His younger brother has been recognized as the reincarnation of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche. He and his father, Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche, oversee the Chokgyur Lingpa Foundation along with a global network of Buddhist meditation centers.[8]

Early life[edit]

Before he was four, Phakchok Rinpoche was recognized by the Kagyu regents as being seventh in the line of the Riwoche Phakchok incarnations. Rinpoche entered the Dzongsar Institute of Advanced Buddhist Studies in Bir, India, where he received the Khenpo title, comparable to a PhD in Buddhist Philosophy, from Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and the Fourteenth Dalai Lama.[9] Phakchok Rinpoche has received instructions and ripening empowerments from many teachers, including Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Chogye Trichen Rinpoche, Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche, Trulshik Rinpoche, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche, and others.[10]

Current work[edit]

Phakchok Rinpoche has a growing number of centers and Dharma groups around the world as well as students in over fifty countries including Malaysia, United States, Poland, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Austria, Scotland, Great Britain and Israel.[11] In the United States, his main retreat center is Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Cooperstown in upstate New York.

Through his various foundations, Phakchok Rinpoche directs a number of projects, including a Monastic Education Fund that serves monks in two monasteries in the Kathmandu Valley, the Vajra Varahi Healthcare Clinic in Kathmandu, and dental and medical camps to serve remote areas of Nepal with the help of doctors from Singapore, Malaysia and Germany.[12] Phakchok Rinpoche sits on the board of the non-profit organisation Rangjung Yeshe Shenpen, also based in Nepal.[13]

In addition, Phakchok Rinpoche supports the translation and publication of Buddhist texts through the Lhasey Lotsawa translation group, which focuses especially on the teachings of the Chokling Tersar and the Taklung Kagyu traditions.[14]



  1. ^ Urgyen, Tulku (2007), Blazing Splendor, Rangjung Yeshe Publications, p. 362; ISBN 978-962-7341-56-7
  2. ^ Ka-Nying Shedrup Ling Website
  3. ^ Chokgyur Lingpa Foundation
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  6. ^ Doctor, Andreas (2013), Tibetan Treasure Literature: Revelation, Tradition, and Accomplishment in Visionary Buddhism, Snow Lion Publications, p. 12; ISBN 978-1559392365
  7. ^ Lama Kunsang, Lama Pemo, Marie Aubele and Jonathan C. Bell (Apr 16, 2012), History Of The Karmapas: The Odyssey Of The Tibetan Masters With The Black Crown, p. 269; ISBN 9781559393904
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  9. ^ Rangjung Yeshe Publications Archived 2014-08-11 at
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-11. Retrieved 2015-06-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  12. ^ Chogyur Lingpa Foundation: Projects Archived 2013-08-30 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Rangjung Yeshe Shenpen
  14. ^ Lhasey Lotsawa Translations & Publications

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