The Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche has just finished celebrating his 85th birthday. He is one of the last Rinpoche’s who were classically trained in Tibet and have left Tibet to teach students across the world. Just in 2018 Rinpoche gave teachings and empowerments in the United States, Canada, India, Nepal, and Hong Kong.
At present Thrangu Rinpoche is now the author of 45 Dharma books in English. In 1989 Namo Buddha Publications was formed as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all-volunteer organization which had the mission to collect and make available all of Thrangu Rinpoche’s teachings at a very reasonable cost. Namo Buddha Publications has a collection of over 250 of his teachings in English (see the list on this website)
All royalties and profit from the sale of his teachings go towards publishing his teachings and supporting Rinpoche’s charitable activities.
This is a new website, which has much more content and allows us to offer both new visual and auditory content.
Finally, if you are one of our Canadian friends or live in Europe or Australia, you can contact us at ClarkJohnson2011@gmail.com to see if we can make Rinpoche’s materials more easy to get than the very expensive postal rates.
Thrangu Rinpoche at 86th Birthday
Biography of Thrangu Rinpoche
The Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche was born in Kham, Tibet, in 1933. At the age of five, he was formally recognized by His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa and Tai Situpa as the ninth incarnation of the great Thrangu tulku. He entered Thrangu monastery, where, from the ages of seven to sixteen, he studied reading, writing, grammar, poetry, and astrology, memorized ritual texts, and completed two preliminary retreats.
Because of the Chinese military takeover of Tibet, Thrangu Rinpoche, then twenty-seven, was forced to flee to India in 1959. He was called to Rumtek monastery in Sikkim, where the Karmapa has his seat in exile. Because of his great scholarship and unending diligence, he was given the task of preserving the teachings of the Kagyu lineage so that one thousand years of profound Buddhist teachings would not be lost.
Rinpoche continued his studies in exile, and at the age of thirty-five he took the geshe examination before 1500 monks at Buxador monastic refugee camp in Bengal and was awarded the degree of Geshe Lharampa. Upon his return to Rumtek, he was awarded the highest Khenchen degree. Because many of the Buddhist texts in Tibet were destroyed, Thrangu Rinpoche helped in the recovery of these texts from Tibetan monasteries outside of Tibet. He was also the personal tutor of the four principal Karma Kagyu tulkus: Shamar Rinpoche, Situ Rinpoche, Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, and Gyaltsab Rinpoche. Thrangu Rinpoche established the fundamental curriculum of the Karma Kagyu lineage taught at Rumtek. In addition, he taught with Khenpo Karthar, who had been a teacher at Thrangu Rinpoche's monastery in Tibet before 1959, and who is now head of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra in Woodstock, New York, the seat of His Holiness Karmapa in North America.
Around 1976, Thrangu Rinpoche began giving authentic Buddhist teachings in the West. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States. Rinpoche has now taught in over twenty-five countries and has seventeen centers in twelve countries. He is especially known for making complex teachings accessible to Western students. Thrangu Rinpoche is a recognized master of Mahamudra meditation. Because of his vast knowledge of the Dharma and his skill as a teacher, he was appointed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to be the personal tutor for His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa.
On this website is a List of 250 of his teachings as well as a more complete biography in the Free Downloads.