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Kagyu Teachers - 7th Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

7th Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche was born in 1965 at Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, India and was enthroned as the 7th Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche at Rumtek Monastery in 1968. He received Buddhist refuge and bodhisattva vows from H.H. Karmapa and was ordained as a novice monk in 1974. Most of the Buddhist teachings and empowerments of the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions he received from H.H. the 16th Karmapa, H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and many other masters. In 1980, he first travelled to Europe, the United States, Canada, and Southeast Asia with H.H. the 16th Karmapa.


In 1981, he entered the monastic college at Rumtek, where he was trained in Buddhist philosophy, psychology, logic, and debate. In 1990, he graduated as Ka-rabjampa and also earned the degree of Acharya. Additionally he completed courses of studies in English and comparative religions at Columbia University, New York City. He founded Nitartha International in order to assist the integration of computer technology with traditional Tibetan scholarship. He founded Nalandabodhi, in order to preserve the Nyingma and Kagyu lineages and he helped to establish Nitartha Institute in North America, which provides a focused Buddhist studies program. As abbot of Dzogchen Monastery, Rinpoche is a high-ranking Nyingma master. He travels widely and teaches in North America, Europe and Asia.