|Lopon Tsechu Rinpoche|
born in Bhutan in 1918. As a small boy he became a monk
in Phunaka Dzong, the biggest Bhutanese monastery. When
he was 13 years old he left Bhutan and went to study and
practice under the spiritual guidance of his uncle,
Drukpa Rinpoche Lama Sherab Dorje, in Nepal. There he
received full training and meditated under severe
conditions in the caves of Milarepa and in the power
places of Guru Rinpoche. In 1944 Rinpoche met the 16th
Gyalwa Karmapa in Bum Tang in Bhutan and received most of
the teachings and transmissions of the Karma Kagyu
Lineage from him.
In 1987, at the invitation of his first western students and close friends Hannah and Lama Ole Nydahl, he visited Europe for the first time. Since then he has travelled extensively in Europe and around the world, giving teachings and countless initiations in the Buddhist Centers founded by Hannah and Lama Ole. He directed the building of a Kalachakra Stupa in Spain in 1994, one of only two outside Tibet, followed by a string of stupas in Europe and in Elista, Kalmykia. Rinpoche also visits different Buddhist Centers throughout Asia. The immense power of his compassion is felt by people of every background. Rinpoche passed away in June 2003.
is important for us to remember that every sentient being
has the potential for enlightenment, the Buddha Nature.
This is illustrated by the example of a poor family who
live in a hut with a hidden treasure underneath. If they
knew of the treasure, their lives would be totally
different - they could enjoy life and experience some
happiness. But if they do not know about the treasure,
they remain poor and suffer. In the same way we all have
the Buddha Nature, but we do not know it and benefit from
it. The dharma is about becoming familiar with our Buddha
Nature so that we eventually experience it. Our practice
serves to remove the obscurations that prevent us from
recognizing our Buddha Nature. That is what we
continually practice. To understand what our mind is, is
what this is all about."
Lopon Tsechu Rinpoche
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