The Venerable Lama Tharchin Rinpoche is a Dzogchen (Great Perfection) master of Vajrayana Buddhism. He is the tenth lineage holder of the Repkong Ngakpas. This is a family lineage of yogis, or householders, and was the largest community of non-monastic practitioners in Tibet. He is the founder and spiritual director of the Vajrayana Foundation and Pema Osel Ling, Santa Cruz, California.
|Ven Lama Tharchin Rinpoche|
Rinpoche was trained in His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche's monastery, completing the three year retreat with three others under Dudjom Rinpoche. Lama Tharchin Rinpoche then engaged in another five years of solitary retreat.
In addition to HH Dudjom Rinpoche, his main teachers have been Chatral Rinpoche, Lama Sherab Dorje Rinpoche, and Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche.
Rinpoche left Tibet by foot with his family in 1959. He lived in Orissa, India and Kathmandu, Nepal before coming to America in 1984 for health reasons. While in America, Dudjom Rinpoche asked Lama Tharchin Rinpoche to turn the third wheel of Dharma, the teachings of Vajrayana Buddhism. He established the Vajrayana Foundation and the retreat centre, Pema ösel Ling.
As a householder with two sons, Rinpoche has a wonderfully kind and wise approach to working with Western students. His gentleness and jewel-like qualities embody a living expression of the wisdom and compassion of the Buddha Dharma. He is so rare and precious, not only because of his great realization, but also for his vast knowledge of Tibetan ritual arts, music and dance as well as the philosophical basis of the Vajrayana teachings.