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Monday, July 6, 2009

Remembering the Masters, A Film About Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, Teacher of Teachers

Sogyal Rinpoche as a boy with JamyangKhyentse Chökyi Lodrö.
I study with a wonderful Tibetan teacher named Sogyal Rinpoche. He was raised as a spiritual son by the Buddhist master Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö in Tibet before the Chinese takeover forced them to move to Sikkim in the late 50s.. There Jamyang Khyentse taught many masters and lay people before he died. I honor of the 50th anniversary of his death in 1959, we recently watched this film about his life and how he influenced other Tibetan masters. His influence is still felt today. He taught Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Orgyen Tobgyal, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, Kalu Rinpoche, Tarthang Tulku, Khandro Tsering Chodron (Jamyang Kyentse's spiritual wife, a great woman master who never teaches, but lives quietly at Sogyal Rinpoche's center, Lerab Ling, in France) and many more. In case these names are new to you, they are the Tibetan "A" team, the heavy hitters. Jamyang Khentse taught not just in one sect but in many. Because of this he was a master of the non-sectarian movement, Rime.

It was very inspiring to watch this video. Whatever your spiritual beliefs, I think you'll like it. It has a wonderful way of capturing the spirit of Tibet. And it's beautifully fimed.
It's especially helpful right now to send prayers for Tibet, because apparently there is a new crackdown on Tibetans by the Chinese government.

May all beings enjoy happiness and be free from suffering. May all live in equanimity.


Jan said...

Oh, thank you for the gift of this wonderful lead and video. I am humbled by so many of our teachers' journeys. They invite us to ever-deepen and release all that holds us back from living free with hearts of compassion. And, yes, prayers for Tibet. May all be safe...

I value blog posts like this because I do not live near any sort of practice center with onsite teachers. Most everything I have to do is virtual. Even my sangha is pretty much virtual. My own teacher I speak with once a month or so over the phone. You are very blessed to have such a wonderful teacher nearby. May you be happy....

Laura said...

Glad you enjoyed the video, Jan. Take care.