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Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche uses his specially altered edition of the text, The Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness
Religion Tibetan Buddhism
Lineage Nyingma and Karma Kagyu
Nationality Tibetan, naturalized to United States
Born Karma Sungrap Ngedon Tenpa Gyaltsen
Rumtek Monastery, Sikkim, India
Senior posting
Based in Seattle, Washington
Title Rinpoche
Religious career
Teacher 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Alak Zenkar Rinpoche, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, Tulku Ugyen Rinpoche, Kalu Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

The 7th Dzogchen Ponlop, Rinpoche (Karma Sungrap Ngedon Tenpa Gyaltsen, b. 1965) is an abbot of Dzogchen Monastery, president of Nalandabodhi, the founder of Nitartha Institute, a leading Tibetan Buddhist scholar, and a meditation master. He is one of the highest tülkus in the Nyingma lineage and an accomplished Karma Kagyu lineage holder.

Rinpoche was formally empowered and officially proclaimed The Seventh Je-ön Ponlop Rinpoche in 1979 when, at Dharmachakra Center, Rumtek, Sikkim, India, His Holiness the Sixteenth Gyalwang Karmapa, supreme head of the Kagyu lineage, recognized his as one of the lineage holders of the Karma Kagyu school and heart son of His Holiness the Karmapa.[1]

Rinpoche graduated in 1990 as Ka-rabjampa from Karma Shri Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies in Rumtek Monastery. (Ka-rabjampa means "one with unobstructed knowledge of scriptures", the Kagyu equivalent of the Sakya and Gelug's Geshe degree.) Also, he simultaneously earned the degree of Acharya, or Master of Buddhist Philosophy, from Sampurnanant Sanskrit University. Rinpoche has also completed studies in English and comparative religion at Columbia University in New York City.[2]

As a witty, humorous and sensitive speaker Rinpoche is warmly greeted world-wide; as a teacher and prolific author[3] the Dzogchen Ponlop, Rinpoche is well known for his teaching contributions to Bodhi Magazine and elsewhere. He has also penned a number of books and articles:

Mindstream emanation lineage of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

  1. The First Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche: Namkha Osel
  2. The Second Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche: Pema Sang-ngak Tenzin
  3. The Third Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche: Namkha Chokyi Gyatso (1806-1821?)
  4. The Fourth Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche: Jigme Choying Osel
  5. The Fifth Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche: Kunchok Tenpe Nyima
  6. The Sixth Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche : Jigtral Tsewang Dorje
  7. The Seventh Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche: Karma Sungrap Ngedon Tenpa Gyalts


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