Lopon P Ogyan Rinpoche
Topgye Ling Ngakpa Dratsang School
Ven. Lopon P. Ogyan Tanzin Rinpoche
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
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).