Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche

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Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche
Surya Das and friend.jpg
Pictured is Lama Surya Das (left) and Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche (right)
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] At the time of 1959 Tibetan uprising, when he was twenty-seven, under fire from the Chinese, he fled to India with 70 people, but only 5 arrived.[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 (1st USA ed.). Snow Lion Publications. 1995. ISBN 1-55939-049-2. 
  • A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage. Padma Publishing. 2005. ISBN 1-881847-41-1. 


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