Khenchen Parchhimbha Dorjee Rinpoche – Khenchen Lama Rinpoche was born on 20th November 1978. Since very early childhood he exhibited unusual compassion and fondness towards meditation. At the age of three, the head of Nyingma lineage, His Holiness Sera Yangtul Rinpoche recognized Khenchen Parchhimbha Dorjee Rinpoche as the true reincarnation of Padma Dagnag Lingpa. Padma Dagnag Lingpa was a reincarnation of Nupchen Sangye Yeshe, one of the five closest disciples of Guru Padmasambhava and the founder of the Yogi lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Khenchen Lama Rinpoche’s teachings mainly focus on the topic of Buddha wisdom in the cycle of hidden treasure teachings of Padma Dagnag Lingpa. He is especially known as a dream yoga master practicing meditation during day and night. In his teachings, Rinpoche combines precise scholastic knowledge with practical meditation advice in a suitable form for ordained lay practitioners. He is unique in his emphasis of the importance of practice to his students and often provides teachings with a meditation practice requirements. Having both the most advanced academic training and extensive meditation practice experience, a teacher of his qualities is difficult to find. Being in the presence of his radiating compassion and wisdom is a true blessing.
H.H. Sera Yangtul Rinpoche also prophesized, that Khenchen Lama Rinpoche would particularly benefit students in Europe and the USA in this lifetime. Despite the pressures to take over the abbot charges of four monasteries at an early age, Khenchen Lama Rinpoche was encouraged by his mother to undertake rigorous study and practices.
Rinpoche received the following Buddhist teachings:
– Study of the Text in 30 verses by Sambhotra with Khenchen Jigme Namgayal
– Study of preliminary practices by Patrul Rinpoche and study of nine successive vehicles to enlightenment with Khenchen Padma Tsewang Rinpoche.
– Sutra and Tantra study at Ahrik University and Larung University in Tibet under the guidance of his root teacher H.H. Jigmed Phuntsok Rinpoche (the study include Buddhist philosophy, meditation, logic, medicine, astrology, languages, grammar, lexicography, dance and drama).
– Two years sanskrit study with Khenchen Pema Tsewang.
– Numerous teachings, transmissions and empowerments from leading masters and teachers in all main lineages of Tibetan Buddhism including Nyingma, Sankya, Kagyu, Gelug, Jonang and Bonpo.
– Lineage holder and Tulku in the lineage of Padma Dragnag Lingpa including Dzogchen Kalachakra terma.
– Key transmissions, empowerments and teachings received – Kama and Terma (e.g., Dudjom tersar, Nyingtik Yazhi (Khandro Nyingtik, Longchen Nyingtik, Vima Nyingtik, Dzamo Nyingtik, Rinchen Terzod etc); Six Yogas of Naropa; Mahamudra)
At the age of 17, Rinpoche received Khenpo title from Ahrig University, The Great Buddhist Institute for Higher Learning, Kham, Tibet and in 1999 at 21 Khenchen title from the same University. Further in the year 2001 H.H. Drigung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, Phagdru Institute, Kathmandu, Nepal also conferred Khenchen title to Rinpoche.
Rinpoche has also undergone English language study at Coleg Menai, Bangor, Gwynedd and completed Cambridge English Entry Level award in ESOL Skills for life; E2 Speaking and listening; E2 reading and ESOL for Information Technology. Rinpoche passed Grade 5 examination in English for life in the United Kingdom (British naturalization exam) – Trinity College London, Trinity Brimingham SELT Centre 1.
Rinpoche is specialized in the teaching of:
– Preliminary practices (Words of My Perfect Teacher by Patrul Rinpoche)
– Padmasambhava’s Natural Liberation (Six Bardos) cycle of teachings and Jigme Lingpa’s Yeshe Lama.
– Teachings of the Padma Dragnag Lingpa Dzogchen cycle
While studying, Rinpoche also spent two to three months each year in silent solitary retreat summing up to about four years of retreat in total.
After receiving his Khenpo and Khenchen titles, Khenchen Lama taught debate, astrology, sutra and tantra at many different monasteries and centres in Tibet, Nepal and India.
- Regular annual teaching at Jewo monastery in Kham Tibet and Ahnye Monastery in Kham, Tibet.
- Head Lecturer, Palden Phagdru Institute Trust, Kathmandu (one time supervised completion studies of 16 Khenpos)
- Spiritual Director of Dzogchen Kalachakra Retreat Center, Bangor, Wales, UK, Awam Tibetan Institute in Tucson, Arizona, USA, Awam Tibetan Heart Center, Sedona, Arizona, USA, Awam King Gesar Monastery, Slovenia, Awam Ogmin Yoga Center, Hong Kong and Awam Foundation, Tibet, China.
Rinpoche also teaches meditation, retreats and empowerments at various Buddhist centers in Asia, United States and Europe. Besides teaching, his main efforts have concentrated on building and sustaining an orphanage in Tibet that currently provides accommodation, food, clothing and education to 150 children. He would also like to build a retreat centre for yogis in Tibet in the future.
The following are Rinpoche’s scholarly publications:
1.Khenchen Lama, P.D. (2008 – present). Numerous poems and commentaries on a Dharma blog http://amahonet.blogspot.com/(in Tibetan).
2. Khenchen Lama, P. D. (2009). Commentary on 21 Taras. (In Tibetan). Gansumz Publications. Ladu, Tibet.
3. Khenchen Lama, P. D. (2009). Heart of Yoga Meditation. (in Tibetan)
4. Khenchen Lama, P. D. (2010). Songs of Meditation – three volumes – Dhalu Pedma Gesar (vol.1), Dhonlu Yidzhin Norbu (vol. 2), Taklu (vol. 3). (in Tibetan)
5. Khenchen Lama, P. D. (2015). Nature of Phenomena Dharma Songs. (in Tibetan) http://www.tibetanebook.com/…
6. Khenchen Lama Rinpoche (2016). Tibetan Meditation Yoga: Ancient Teachings Living Today. (Self-published book).