Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

TWR70b Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, founder and spiritual director of Ligmincha International, is an acclaimed author as well as a highly respected and beloved teacher to students throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe. Fluent in English, Tenzin Rinpoche is renowned for his depth of wisdom; his clear, engaging teaching style; and his ability to make the ancient Tibetan teachings highly accessible and relevant to the lives of Westerners.   

Early Life

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Tenzin Rinpoche was born in Amritsar, India, not long after his parents escaped their Tibetan homeland in 1959 during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. At age 10 Tenzin Rinpoche was ordained as a monk at Menri Monastery near Dolanji, India. There he was recognized by head teacher Lopon Sangye Tenzin Rinpoche as a reincarnation of the famous master Khyung Tul Rinpoche, a renowned meditation master, teacher, scholar and healer who died in the mid-20th century.

Education

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From the age of 13 Rinpoche practiced dzogchen under the guidance of masters from both the Böand Buddhist schools of Tibet, including (from Bön) His Holiness Lungtok Tenpai Nyima, Lopon Sangye Tenzin Rinpoche, Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche and Geshe Yungdrung Namgyal. From his early adolescence until young adulthood, Tenzin Rinpoche was raised like a son by his root teacher Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, today revered as the most senior teacher of the Bötradition. An accomplished scholar in the BöBuddhist textual traditions of philosophy, exegesis and debate, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche in 1986 completed an 11-year course of traditional studies at the Bon Dialectic School of Menri Monastery, where he received his geshe degree, equivalent to a doctorate in philosophy from Western universities.

Upon graduating, Tenzin Rinpoche was employed in 1981 at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives at Dharamsala, India. His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama appointed Rinpoche to be the Bötradition's representative that year to the Assembly of Tibetan People's Deputies of the Tibetan-Government-in-Exile.

Western Teachings

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Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche was one of the first to bring the precious Böteachings to the West. In 1988 he was invited by the dzogchen master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche to teach in Italy, which brought him additional opportunities to teach in other locations throughout Western Europe. In 1991 Tenzin Rinpoche was awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship at Rice University in Houston, Texas, where he continued his research into early Bötantric deities and their relationship to Buddhist traditions in early Buddhist Tibet. He was awarded a second Rockefeller Fellowship in 1993 when Rice University invited him back to teach during the spring semester.

Since that time Tenzin Rinpoche has chosen to remain in the West to teach the ancient Bötraditions to Western students. In March 1992 Rinpoche founded Ligmincha Institute (now Ligmincha International) in Charlottesville, Va., a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to preserve for future generations the ancient teachings, arts, sciences, language and literature of Tibet and Zhang Zhung. 

In 1994 he received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to pursue research on the logical and philosophical aspects of the Bötradition. The fruits of that research came with the 2006 publication of the scholarly text Unbounded Wholeness: Dzogchen, Bon and the Logic of the Nonconceptual (Oxford University Press, 2006), written in collaboration with Anne Carolyn Klein, chair of religious studies at Rice. Also in 1994 Tenzin Rinpoche appeared on the Discovery Channel, where he explained the principles involved in Tibetan dream yoga practice as one segment of a three-part series entitled "The Power of Dreams."

In 1998 Rinpoche established the Serenity Ridge Retreat Center amid the mountains of Nelson County, Va., 30 minutes south of Charlottesville.

 Family Life

twr family portrait_300w.jpgIn spring 2004 Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche married Tsering Wangmo, sister of Lama Khyimsar Rinpoche (lineage holder of the Bon monasteries Pungmo Gon and Lhari Nyiphug in Tibet and founder of the Tibetan Yungdrung Bon Institute, United Kingdom).  In fall 2005 their son, Senghe, was born. The Wangyal family currently resides in California in the San Francisco Bay Area.  

Current Activities

Today Rinpoche continues his dedicated efforts to preserve the BöBuddhist tradition through establishing centers and groups worldwide, through translating and publishing texts, and through teaching Böas an authentic, living tradition to Western students around the world. In 2006 during the European summer retreat in Buchenau, Germany, Rinpoche announced the creation of Lishu Institute, a school near Dehradun, India, where Western students will be able to continue and deepen their knowledge and experience of the ancient teachings and practices of Bön

 

 

 

Published Works by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

Books

Bulgarian
  • The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep
  • Healing with Form, Energy and Light
Chinese
  • The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep
  • Healing with Form, Energy and Light
Croatian
  • The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep
Czech
  • Tibetská jóga snu a spánku
  • Léčení formou, energií a světlem - Pět elementů v tibetském šamanismu, tantře a dzogčhenu.
  • Zázraky přirozené mysli - Podstata nauky dzogčenu v původní tibetské tradici bön.
Dutch
  • Het wonder van onze oorspronkelijke geest: Dzokchen in de Bontraditie van Tibet
  • De Helende Kracht van de Elementen: Vitaliteit, Evenwicht en Helderheid in de Spirituele Traditie van Tibet
  • De Werkelijkheid van Slapen en Dromen
  • Leven en Sterven als een Droom
  • Helende Tibetaanse Klanken
English
  • The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep, Snow Lion Publications, 1998
  • Wonders of the Natural Mind: The Essence of Dzogchen in the Native Bon Tradition of Tibet, Snow Lion Publications, 2000
  • Healing With Form, Energy and Light: the Five Elements in Tibetan Shamanism, Tantra and Dzogchen, Snow Lion Publications, 2002
  • Unbounded Wholeness: Dzogchen, Bon and the Logic of the Nonconceptual, written in collaboration with Anne Carolyn Klein, Oxford University Press, 2006
  • Tibetan Sound Healing: Seven Guided Practices for Clearing Obstacles, Accessing Positive Qualities and Uncovering Your Inherent Wisdom, Sounds True, 2006
  • Awakening the Sacred Body, Hay House, 2011
  • Tibetan Yogas of Body, Speech and Mind, Snow Lion Publications, 2011
  • Awakening the Luminous Mind: Tibetan Meditation for Inner Peace and Joy, Hay House, 2012
  • The True Source of Healing: How the Ancient Tibetan Practice of Soul Retrieval Can Transform and Enrich Your Life, Hay House, 2015
Finnish
  • The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep
French
  • Les prodiges de l’esprit naturel: L'essence du Dzogchen dans la tradition Bon originelle du Tibet
  • Yogas Tibétains du rêve et du sommeil
  • Guérir par les formes, l'énergie et la lumière: Les cinq éléments dans le chamanisme Tibétain le tantra et le Dzogchèn
German
  • Der direkte Weg zur Erleuchtung:Dzogchen-Meditation nach den Bon-Lehren Tibets
  • Die Heilende Kraft des Buddhismus: Leben im Einklang mit den fünf Elementen
  • Übung der Nacht: Tibetische Meditationen in Schlaf und Traum
  • Tibetische Heilklange
Hungarian
  • The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep
  • Healing with Form, Energy and Light
Italian
  • Lo Yoga Tibetano del Sogno e del Sonno
Japanese
  • Healing with Form, Energy and Light
  • Tibetan Sound Healing
Korean
  • The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep
Polish
    • Cuda Naturalnego Umyzlu
    • Leczenie Forma, Energia I Swiatlem
    • Tibetanska Joga Snu I S"nienia 
  • Uzdrawianie Dzwiekiem w Tradycji Tybetanskiej 
Portugese
  • The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep
  • Healing with Form, Energy and Light
Russian
  • Wonders of the Natural Mind
  • The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep
  • Healing with Form, Energy and Light
  • Tibetan Sound Healing
Serbian
  • The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep
Spanish
  • Maravillas de la Mente Natural: La esencia del Dzogchen en la tradición Bon, originaria del Tibet
  • El Yoga de los Suenos: Un manual práctico para realizarnos mientras dormimos
  • Sanación con Forma, Energía, y Luz: Los cinco elementos en el chamanismo Tibetano, el Tantra y el Dzogchen
  • Sanar con Sonidos
  • La Esencia Pura de la Mente — La antigua tradición Dzogchen del Tíbet - The ancient Tradition Dzogchen of Tibet
  • Los Seis Reinos de la Existencia Cíclica (Los Seis Lokas)
  • Las Gotas del Corazón de Dharmakaya
Tibetan
  • My Observations on Tibet
Turkish
  • The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep

Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

Tenzin Wangyal RinpocheGeshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, founder and spiritual director of Ligmincha International, is an acclaimed author as well as a highly respected and beloved teacher to students throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe. Fluent in English, Tenzin Rinpoche is renowned for his depth of wisdom; his clear, engaging teaching style; and his ability to make the ancient Tibetan teachings highly accessible and relevant to the lives of Westerners.

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Books by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

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Photograph by Maria Aurelia Kulik