Lopon Tsechu Rinpoche
Rinpoche was 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.
"It 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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