Phakchok Rinpoche is a premier example of a new generation of Tibetan Buddhist Masters. He combines the most profound aspects of traditional wisdom teachings with his pithy, humorous observations of their ongoing relevance to the incredibly fast pace of modern, urban life.
Born in 1981 to a family recognized for their generations of spiritual accomplishment, Rinpoche was recognized as the seventh Phakchok Rinpoche an incarnation of a great teacher and meditation master. Receiving introductory Buddhist vows from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Rinpoche received a thorough education and training in Buddhist philosophy and meditation, studying with some of the most accomplished masters of modern times, his main teachers being his grandfather Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche.
Perhaps because so much expectation and pressure was placed upon the teenage Phakchok Rinpoche, like many other teenagers, he struggled with anger and even questioned some of the basic tenets of Buddhist practice that he was being raised to uphold. However, rather than walk away from it all in frustration, his intellectual curiosity and the patient example of his teachers inspired the young man to get to the root of his anger and overcome it by practicing meditation and compassion. By questioning the basis of his own Buddhist faith he was able to understand the teachings as a living experience rather than just mere theory. This questioning also helped him to develop a deep understanding of our shared struggle to overcome our own neuroses along the path to spiritual awakening… And how to keep a sense of humor through it all.
Rinpoche completed his education at the Dzongsar Institute of Advanced Buddhist Studies in Bir, India, where he received the Khenpo title, comparable to a PhD in Buddhist Philosophy, from the Dalai Lama. He is able to playfully combine the scholarly tradition of his studies with the experiential tradition of his main teachers in order to give his students the necessary tools to discover the wisdom and compassion that lies beneath our habitual ways of seeing ourselves and the world around us.
Now, Rinpoche travels the world, teaching in Buddhist Centers, Universities, and Monasteries from Asia to the US, from South America to Europe. He is engaged in many charitable endeavors such as running clinics that provide health care for the poor in Nepal. He led 300 monks and nuns in giving food, medicine and rescue to tens of thousands rendered homeless after the devastating earthquake that recently struck Nepal. He is now turning his attention towards the needs and concerns of people leading secular lives in the fast-paced modern world, working with Erric Solomon, to create a vibrant new program offering the profound insight and wisdom passed down from his teachers.
Rinpoche lives in Boudhanath, Kathmandu Nepal with his wife and two young, inquisitive children.