Buddha Shakyamuni with Arhats (18th c) © Himalayan Art Collection

Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche

Known by Buddhist masters and scholars as an emanation of the great yogi Milarepa, Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche is regarded as one of the highest lamas of the Kagyu lineage today. Born into a Sherpa family in Nepal in 1968, many auspicious signs accompanied Rinpoche's birth. The 16th Gyalwa Karmapa recognized Rinpoche when he was 18 months old, predicting this 4th Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche would be of great benefit to all sentient beings.

Gyaltrul Rinpoche studied at Rumtek Monastery and the Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies in Sikkim for seventeen years and received his traditional acharya degree with first class honors in 1990. There he also received many transmissions and teachings from such great spiritual masters as the 16th Karmapa, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Lama Guenden Rinpoche. Starting from the late 1990s, for a few years, Rinpoche spent most of his time in study and research and finished his Harvard PhD in Indo-Tibetan studies in 2004.

Besides teaching in various parts of the world and overseeing activities of his worldwide organization, the United Trungram Buddhist Fellowship, Rinpoche is currently working on establishing a traditional three-year retreat center in New York State - the Mahamudra Hermitage. In conjunction with the Hermitage, another major project of Rinpoche's, is the Lumbini Udyana Mahachaitya - a monastery at Buddha's birthplace. This is part of the Lumbini Development Project under the auspices of the UN.

Rinpoche's wish is to share the Buddhadharma - the truth, the path of non-violence and the path of peace with others.

Gyaltrul Rinpoche's website: www.utbf.org