Karma Thinley Rinpoche

Karma Thinley Rinpoche Biografía de Karma Thinley Rinpoche

Karma Thinley Rinpoche es una maestro budista de las tradiciones Sakya y Kagyu, quien nació en 1931 en una familia noble de Bongsar, en el área de Nangchen de Kham, Tíbet oriental.

En los últimos veinti-cinco años Rinpoche ha fundado centros de budismo tibetano y ha enseñado extensivamente en Canada, Estados Unidos de América Nueva Zelandia y el Reino Unido. Tiene cientos de estudiantes occidentales, tibetanos, y nepaleses devotos. 

Primeros años y reconocimiento 

A la edad de un mes recibió refugio. Dos años después fue reconocido por la cabeza de la tradición Sakya, Sakya Trizin Dakshul Thinley Rinchen, como el tulku (encarnación) del maestro Sakya Biru Sharyak Lama Kunrik, quien era considerado una encarnación del gran Vairocana.

At that time he received all the symbols and titles of his rank and authority.

Enseñanzas y Educación Budista

Karma Thinley Rinpoche recibió un número basto de enseñanzas durante su niñez, por haber nacido como un tulku y por haber tenido un número extraordinario de maestros espirituales entre sus parientes.

Karma Thinley Rinpoche recibió enseñanzas Kagyu y Nying de su tío, el famoso yogui y terton Lama Jigje. Asimismo, recibió muchas enseñanzas de sus dos tíos abuelos Shabtrung Rinpoche y Pangchog Rinpoche, las cabezas de Riwoche, el famoso monasterio no-sectario.

From the great Sakya masters Khangsar Khenpo Ngawang Yonten Gyamtso and Ngawang Tashi Chophel he received a wide range of Sakyapa teachings.

At the monastaries of Lachung, Dilyak and Neten, Rinpoche studied the classical mahayana texts under a number of masters, including Khenpo Pad-dam, Khenpo Gur-ga, Drupon Sanjay Puntsok and Khenpo Tse-gyam.

Recognition from His Holiness 16th Karmapa

Later at Tsurphu monastery in central Tibet, Rinpoche received full monastic ordination from H.H. 16th Gyalwa Karmapa. It was during this period that H.H. Karmapa recognized Rinpoche as the fourth incarnation of Karma Thinleypa, the famous Kagyu and Sakya scholar.

In 1959 Rinpoche left Tibet in the party of the Karmapa, fleeing from communist oppression. Subsequently Rinpoche became abbot of a newly established nunnery at Tilokpur in 1962. In 1967 he received the Path and its Fruit , the principal cycle of teachings of the Sakya traditon, from H.H. Sakya Trizin at Sarnath. It was about this time that Rinpoche met his first Western disciples.

Emigration to Canada and meeting Lama Jampa Thaye

In 1971 Rinpoche settled in Canada, accompanying a group of Tibetan refugees as their spiritual teacher and a year later founded the Tibetan Society, to introduce Tibetan culture to Canada. In 1973 Rinpoche founded Kampo Gangra Drubgyud Ling meditation centre in Toronto, named after the first Karmapa’s monastery in Kham. That same year Rinpoche spent three months in Scotland, where he met his English student Lama Jampa Thaye for the first time.

Later Teachings

Rinpoche returned to India in 1978 to receive the Rinchen Terdzod, the famous collection of Nyingma treasure cycles, from H.H. Dingo Khyentse Rinpoche. Four years later he made his first return to Tibet for over 20 years, travelling throughout Nangchen visiting his relatives and giving teachings. In 1983 Rinpoche received the Drubthap Kundu, the collected sadhanas of the new tantra schools, from H.E. Chogay Trichen in Lumbini.

Buddhist Activities

In addition to being an accomplished poet and artist, Rinpoche is a renowned historian, having written (in English) The History of the Sixteen Karmapas.

His major projects are the continuing supervision of his nunnery Tegchen Lekshey Ling in Bodhnath, Nepal and of Sangngak Phodrang in Nangchen.

“You are the activity of the holders of the Black and Red Crowns
Making the lineages of Buddha’s sutra and tantra shine like the sun.
Supreme root lama, Karma Thinley
May your life be long and your activities be completely fulfilled.”

Extracted from the Long Life Prayer by Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro

For more information about the activities of Rinpoche please visit www.karmathinleyrinpoche.com.