About Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Tsoknyi Rinpoche

For over three decades, Tsoknyi Rinpoche has been teaching students worldwide about the innermost nature of mind in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and more recently, how to be a healthy human being with his course, Fully Being. Born into a family respected for its spiritual accomplishments, he was identified while still a small child as the third Tsoknyi Rinpoche and given the special education and upbringing of a tulku, or reincarnate lama. His teachers include some of the most renowned masters of Tibet. Widely recognized as an outstanding meditation teacher, he is the author of many books:  Open Heart Open Mind, Carefree Dignity, Fearless Simplicity, Why We Meditate, Ground Path Fruition, How Mindfulness Works and Solid Ground.


Tsoknyi Rinpoche teaches and provides spiritual guidance to nuns and monks at more than 50 retreat centers in Tibet, India, and Nepal. Rinpoche’s current heart wish is to create an endowment for the Tosknyi Nuns. Please visit www.tsoknyinuns.org to learn more about Rinpoche’s passion and commitment to his legacy of providing education and sustenance to these future scholars and teachers of the Buddhadharma.

His fresh insights into the western psyche have enabled him to teach and write in a way that touches our most profound awareness, using metaphors, stories, and images that point directly to our everyday experience. His warmth, humor, and compassionate attention greatly enrich and enliven his teaching.

Rinpoche is one of those rare teachers whose lighthearted yet illuminating style appeals to beginners and advanced practitioners alike. He is truly a bridge between ancient wisdom and the modern mind. He has a keen interest in the ongoing dialogue between western research, especially in neuroscience, and Buddhist practitioners and scholars.

Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s activity contributes to preserving the Buddha Dharma in the East while nurturing its growth in the West. In this sense, he is a bridge between two worlds.

Tsoknyi Rinpoche as a young student (2nd step, 1st on right) with other tulkus

The priceless treasures of Tibetan Buddhism are still being kept alive by the lineages of masters who offer them as blessings to the world. Tsoknyi Rinpoche embodies one of the most remarkable of these lineages. He is a profound and skillful teacher who has brought enormous benefit to those of us who have studied with him in the West. He is also the visionary leader of huge practice communities of nuns and monks in Tibet and Nepal.

~ Jack Kornfeld
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Founder and Teacher
Author of After the Ecstasy, the Laundry, among others


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