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Kagyu Teachers - Bokar Rinpoche

Bokar Rinpoche

Bokar Rinpoche was born in western Tibet, in 1940. When Rinpoche was four years old, H.H. the 16th Karmapa recognized him as the reincarnation of the previous Bokar Rinpoche and gave him the name Tulku Karma Shedrup Yongdu Pel Zangpo.

Bokar Rinpoche was trained at the monastery founded by the previous Bokar Rinpoche and continued his studies at Tsurphu Monastery in central Tibet, the main seat of the Karmapas. While still a teenager, he assumed full responsibilities for the Bokar monastic community. The Communist oppression in Tibet caused Bokar Rinpoche to go into exile at the age of 20.


In India, he became a close disciple of Kalu Rinpoche. In 1967, under the guidance of Kalu Rinpoche, Bokar Rinpoche stayed in two traditional three year retreats. Bokar Rinpoche became the retreat master of the retreat center at Sonada, and later H.H. Karmapa appointed him master of the new retreat facility at Rumtek as well. Additionally he founded a monastery and retreat centre in Mirik, India, which is dedicated to the lineage of Kalachakra practice.
Bokar Rinpoche was lineage holder of the Karma Kagyu school, the Shangpa Kagyu and of the Kalachakra lineage.
He passed away on August, 2004.