March 23, 2023

Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche, also called Tulku Sherab Zangpo, visited Shanta Vana on May 16-15, 2022. It was a private visit to Bhante Dhammadīpa. Rinpoche wanted to rest, so we did not give advance notice of his arrival.

Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche was born in the family of a Dolpa lama in a remote part of Nepal. He became a monk at the age of ten and shortly afterwards was recognized as the reincarnation of the third Dolpo Tulku Nyingchung Rinpoche. Subsequently, he was sent to study at Namdroling Monastery in India under the guidance of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, the third highest lama of the school. Ningma.

In 1994 Dolpo Tulku was enthroned at Zechen Monastery in Kathmandu and thus took over the responsibilities of his predecessor, the third Dolpo Tulku Nyingchung Rinpoche. While studying the rites and rituals of Tantra in the monastery, he was entrusted with the title of Vajra Charia (presided over and led the ceremonies). In 1997, he entered the Ningma Ngadjur Institute, where he studied Dharma for ten years. He also studied Tibetan literature, poetry, secular and religious history Tibet. His Holiness Penor Rinpoche also gave Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche the instructions and knowledge of the Namchö cycle, which combines the practices of mahamudras a dzogchen. He completed his advanced Buddhist studies in 2007, being appointed as a full teacher at the Ngajur Nyingma Institute.

In 2008 he returned to Dolp for the first time after seventeen years, where he was enthroned as superior of the three monasteries that fall under him. Since then, Rinpoche has traveled extensively throughout Asia and Europe to teach the Dharma, hold public lectures on mind training, conduct seminars on stress and burnout, and raise public awareness of the situation in Dolp itself. His charitable foundation called “The Dolpo Tulku Charitable Foundation” (DTCF) was registered by the Government of Nepal in 2010 and mainly focuses on promoting the protection of environment and culture, improvement of health care and effective combination of modern and traditional education.

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