In many of the homes of Tibetan refugees from Western Sichuan Province, China (historically Eastern Tibet), there is a large black and white photograph over the altar of their root guru, Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro, who died in 1959. He was the incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820-1892). Although both were of the Sakya tradition, they mastered all four groups of Tibetan Buddhist lineages including, of course, the Nyingma practices. They founded the non-sectarian Rime tradition at Dzongsar Monastery in Derge, Kham.
Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, was born in Bhutan in 1961 the son of HH Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, and was recognized as the main incarnation of the Khyentse lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He is an incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro, Like his predecessor he is both a Sakya practitioner and committed to the furtherence of Rime.
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For the people of Kham, in particular, Dzongsar Khyentse is not only a beloved teacher in this present life, but the continuation of lifetimes keeping alive this pivotal spiritual tradition.
Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche is a student of contemporary Buddhist masters including HH Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, HH Kyabje Sakya Trizin, HH Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, and HH the 16th Karmapa.
From a young age he has been active for the preservation and interpretation of Buddhist teachings, establishing centers of learning, supporting practitioners, publishing books and teaching all over the world. He oversees his traditional seat, the Dzongsar Monastery located in Western Sichuan Province, China with its associated retreat centers in the province and Dzongsar College. Rinpoche is currently responsible for the care and education of approximately 1600 monks distributed between six monasteries and institutes in Asia. He also oversees six branches of Siddhartha's Intent in Australia, North America and the Far East, contemporary teaching and practice centers established in several continents as well as the non-profit organizations Khyentse Foundation and Lotus Outreach.
Dzongzar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche is well known for his directorial debut “The Cup” (1999) which received the Cannes' Camera d'Or nomination and the for Bhutan's first feature length film "Travellers & Magicians" (2003). He is also the subject of Lesley Ann Patten's feature-length documentary "Words of My Perfect Teacher: The Movie" (2003).