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Ven. Lopon P. Ogyan Tanzin Rinpoche

Ven. Lopon P. Ogyan Tanzin Rinpoche is a Nyingma Vajrayana master, the spiritual director of Ogyan Chokhor Ling (the European sangha of his personal students) and the director of Lhundrup Topgye Ling Ngakpa Dratsang School (in Arunachal Pradesh, India). He is an inspiring teacher with extraordinary gifts of communication and a rare subtlety of expression in English which allows fine detail of meaning to be nailed with great simplicity. Indeed, he has a particular gift for languages: he is fluent in Tibetan, Sanskrit, Tshang-lha, Hindi, Bengali, Nepali and English. He is also an accomplished poet, with an astonishing ability to play with words and their nuances; a collection of his poems is currently being translated into English. He is also presently working on a Tshangs-lha-Tibetan dictionary, with the aim of recording and preserving the rich vocabulary of the Tshangs-lha language, which is now in danger of extinction.
Rinpoche is a ngakpa and is keen to see this tantric ordination flourish in the West as it has for over a thousand years in the Himalayas and Tibet. He is the inspiration behind Khye’u-chung Lotsapa Translations, which produces English (and other European language) translations and editions of Tibetan texts belonging to the Dudjom Tersar tradition.
He is the founder and president of the Lhundrup Topgye Ling Foundation which provides the only education available to a group of villages in the remote Arunachal Pradesh region of the North East of India. It is a traditional ‘dratsang’ committed to the continuation into future generations of the spiritual, academic, artistic and cultural treasures of the Tibetan people.
Rinpoche, originally from Pemako, was born into a family of ngakpas with an unbroken lineage of inherited spiritual gifts and accomplishments descended from the Terton Pema Lingpa. He resides in Varanasi and frequently visits his centre in Arunachal Pradesh.
Rinpoche has studied with many of the greatest lamas of his generation. His root lama was HH Dudjom Rinpoche. His retreat master was Changchak Rinpoche. He holds the Nyingma lineages of Pema Lingpa, Jang Ter, Mindrolling, Dudjom Tersar and Longchen Nyingthig. He received initiations from Minling Trichen Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dodrupchen Rinpoche, Padma Norbu Rinpoche, Khordong Tulku Chhimed Rigdzin Rinpoche and Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche. He holds Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche and Chatral Rinpoche as his highest living rôle models.

As well as being a lama, Rinpoche is a highly respected academic with a teaching career of three decades in higher education. Ven. Lopon P. Ogyan Rinpoche's academic qualifications include: Sastri Pariksa (B.A.) 1975, Sampurnananda Sanskrit University, Varanasi; Senior Diploma (M.A.) First Class, in Tibetan Language and Literature, 1977 Visva-bharati University Santiniketan, West Bengal; Acharya in Tibetan Nyingma Philosophy (Lopon - Special M.A.) 1979 International Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Cultural Preservation Society, Kalimpong.
In addition to guiding and supporting his personal disciples and sangha, Rinpoche has held a number of teaching posts in higher education: Lecturer in Tibetan Language and Literature, Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, 1979-1994; Visiting Lecturer in Kelaniya University, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1998; Academic Consultant, University of Cardiff, UK, 2006-2009; Academic Consultant, University of Oxford (ongoing).
Rinpoche is a founding member of the Nyingma Student's Welfare Committee, Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, Varanasi where he served as president several times between 1979-1994.

He has conducted Tibetan religious teachings and lectures in Belgium and Paris (1993), Taiwan (1994, 1996, 1999), the United States (2000), the United Kingdom (2004-2011, yearly), Germany (2008, 2010, 2011), Slovakia (2011) and Malaysia (2008, 2012).



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