Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche

Last updated
Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche
Title Tulku
Other namesGyurmey Dewey Dorje [1]
Lungtok Gyatso [2]

Died18 December 2020
Religion Buddhism
SpouseSangyum Dechen Paldon [2]
ChildrenPhakchok Rinpoche, Mingyur Paldron, Kelsang Bhuti and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche [2]
School Vajrayana
Lineage Kagyu and Nyingma
Other namesGyurmey Dewey Dorje [3]
Senior posting
Predecessor Chokgyur Lingpa

Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche [4] was a teacher, writer, religious ritual master, and meditation master of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism.


Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche has been recognized by the 16th Karmapa as the fourth reincarnation of the 19th-century "treasure-discoverer" (tertön) Chokgyur Lingpa and is a holder of his Chokling Tersar lineage of teachings. [5] [6] He was the master of Vajrayana ceremonies at Ka-Nying Shedrup Ling monastery and of several other monasteries in Nepal. He also oversaw monasteries, nunneries, and practice centers in Tibet, India, Bhutan, and Sikkim. [7] [8] He published two books. [9] [10] [11] [12] [13]

Chokling Rinpoche was the second son of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, [14] [15] [16] [17] a Tibetan Dzogchen meditation teacher who counted the 16th Karmapa among his students. Hs brothers are Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and Mingyur Rinpoche. [18] [19] Like his father, his grandfather and himself, Chokling Rinpoche's two sons have been recognized with the title "Rinpoche" based on their reincarnation lineage: Phakchok Rinpoche, the reincarnation and the lineage holder of the Taklung Kagyu lineage and the reincarnation of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche. [20]

His brother Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, the abbot of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling, made the announcement that, at 10:12 AM local time on 18 December 2020 in Singapore, Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche "had entered a state of thukdam (Tib: ཐུགས་དམ་)—an advanced meditative state practiced by Buddhist masters during the intermediate post-death period." [2] [21] He was additionally survived by his wife and four children. [2]


Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche, through his foundation, The Chokgyur Lingpa Foundation, supports both many different projects including religious, humanitarian, and educational projects through the Monastic Education Fund. The healthcare projects are aimed at providing treatments throughout Nepal where needed, as well as longer-term healthcare improvement, through the Vajra Varahi Healthcare Clinic, the annual Dental and Medical Camps. [22] The Foundation hosts publication teams through Lhasey Lotsawa Translations & Publications, a growing team of translators. [23] Committed to making more of the Dharma accessible to fellow students worldwide, the mission is to produce authentic and accessible translations in many languages.

The Chokgyur Lingpa Foundation is also building Zangdok Palri (a model of Padmasambhava's pure land, Copper-Colored Mountain) in Vajravarahi, outside Kathmandu, Nepal. The Chokgyur Lingpa Foundation has a growing number of organizations around the world as well as students in many countries, more than fifty, including Malaysia, United States, Poland, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Austria, Scotland, Great Britain and Israel. [24] Chokling Rinpoche was on the board of the non-profit organization Rangjung Yeshe Shenpen, also based in Nepal. [25]

Earthquake and Rebuilding

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, Nepal suffered a major earthquake that registered 7.8 on the Richter scale. This was the largest earthquake for at least 80 years. Large and numerous aftershocks by the hundreds followed in the weeks following that earthquake. Many thousands of people died and hundreds of thousands were left homeless and in need of medical care. Under the direction of Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche and Phakchok Rinpoche [26] [27] and senior monks, everyone associated with Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche, his monastery, and his foundation in Nepal have organized to help rebuild Nepal. [28] [29] [30] [31] [32]


Further reading

Related Research Articles

Dilgo Khyentse Buddhist Vajrayana master, scholar, poet, and teacher (1910–1991)

Tashi Paljor, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was a Vajrayana master, scholar, poet, teacher, and recognized by Buddhists as one of the greatest realized masters. Head of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism from 1988 to 1991, he is also considered an eminent proponent of the Rime tradition.

Thrangu Rinpoche

Thrangu Rinpoche was born in 1933 in Kham, Tibet. He is deemed to be a prominent tulku in the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, the ninth reincarnation in his particular line. His full name and title is the Very Venerable Ninth Khenchen Thrangu Tulku, Karma Lodrö Lungrik Maway Senge. "Khenchen" denotes great scholarly accomplishment, and the term "Rinpoche" is an honorific title commonly afforded to Tibetan lamas.

Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism

Nyingma is the oldest of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. It is also often referred to as Ngangyur, "order of the ancient translations". The Nyingma school is founded on the first lineages and translations of Buddhist scriptures from Sanskrit into Tibetan in the eighth century, during the reign of King Trisong Detsen.

Orgyen Chokgyur Lingpa

Chokgyur Lingpa or Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa (1829-1870) was a tertön or "treasure revealer" and contemporary of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Jamgon Kongtrul. Regarded as one of the major tertöns in Tibetan history, his termas are widely practiced by both the Kagyu and Nyingma schools.

Chokgyur Lingpa was the "manifestation," meaning the reincarnation, of King Trisong Deutsen's son, Prince Damdzin. Another of his former lives was the great terton, Sangye Lingpa, who revealed the Lama Gongdu. Chokgyur Lingpa was the last of the 100 major tertons. He was the owner of seven transmissions and is regarded as the universal monarch of all tertons. One of the reasons for this is that no other terton has revealed a teaching that includes the Space Section (Longdé) of Dzogchen. There are several Mind Section (Semde) revelations and all major tertons have revealed the Instruction Section (Mengagde), but only Chokgyur Lingpa transmitted the Space Section. This is why the Dzogchen Desum is considered the most extraordinary terma that he ever revealed. Chokgyur Lingpa's main consort was Dechen Chodron and Padmasambhava predicted that his three children would be emanations of the three family lords: Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri and Vajrapani. I don't like saying this, for it may sound like I'm bragging about my family line, but such a prophecy does exist. The Manjushri emanation was supposed to be Wangchok Dorje, the Avalokiteshvara emanation Tsewang Norbu and the Vajrapani emanation my grandmother, Konchok Paldron.

Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö was a Tibetan lama, a master of many lineages, and a teacher of many of the major figures in 20th-century Tibetan Buddhism. Though he died in 1959 in Sikkim, and is not so well known in the West; he was a major proponent of the Rimé movement within Tibetan Buddhism, and had a profound influence on many of the Tibetan lamas teaching today.

Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche was a Buddhist master of the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages who lived at Nagi Gompa hermitage in Nepal. Urgyen Rinpoche was considered one of the greatest Dzogchen masters of his time.

In Tibetan Buddhism the Chokling Tersar are a collection of formerly hidden teachings or termas revealed by Chokgyur Lingpa, whose current reincarnations are Neten Chokling Rinpoche and Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche, whose foundation to propagate the Chokling Tersar is the Chokgyur Lingpa Foundation. These teachings were often revealed in combination with Jamyang Khyentse and Jamgon Kongtrul.

Tertön is a term within Tibetan Buddhism meaning a person who is a discoverer of ancient hidden texts or terma. Many tertöns are considered to be incarnations of the twenty five main disciples of Padmasambhava, who foresaw a dark time in Tibet. He and his consort Yeshe Tsogyal hid teachings to be found in the future to benefit beings. A vast system of transmission lineages developed. Scriptures from the Nyingma school were updated by terma discoveries, and terma teachings have guided many Tibetan Bon and Buddhist practitioners.

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is a Tibetan teacher and master of the Karma Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. He has authored two best-selling books and oversees the Tergar Meditation Community, an international network of Buddhist meditation centers.

Dudjom Jigdral Yeshe Dorje

Kyabje Dudjom Jigdral Yeshe Dorje was known as Terchen Drodül Lingpa and as Dudjom Rinpoche. He is considered by many Tibetan Buddhists to be from a line of important Tulku lineage, and a renowned Tertön. Lineage wise, he was a direct incarnation of both Padmasambhava and Dudjom Lingpa (1835–1904). He was a Nyingma householder, yogi, and a Vajrayana and Dzogchen master. According to his disciple Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal, he was revered as "His Holiness" and as a "Master of Masters".

Khenpo Sherab Sangpo

Khenpo Sherab Sangpo

Patrul Rinpoche

Patrul Rinpoche (1808–1887) was a teacher and author from the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism.

Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche

Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche, also called "Khen Rinpoche," is a teacher, a scholar, a lama, and a Dzogchen master in the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. He was considered by Penor Rinpoche to be one of the most learned Nyingma scholars alive. Among other highly notable activities, he founded the first nunnery in Deer Park (Sarnath), the Orgyen Samye Chokhor Ling Nunnery.

Neten Chokling Rinpoche, also referred as to the Fourth Neten Chokling Rinpoche, is a Tibetan actor.

Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche, also called Tulku Ugyen Topgyal, is a Tibetan Buddhist lama who was born in Kham in Eastern Tibet in 1951, living in exile in India.

Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche

Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist teacher and meditation master. He is the abbot of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal. He is the author of several books, founder of meditation centers around the world, and an international teacher.

Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling

Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery near Boudhanath, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal. It has ties to both the Kagyu and Nyingma schools, hence the combined Ka-Nying in the name. Shedrub Ling means “sanctuary for learning and practice.”

Tsoknyi Rinpoche or Ngawang Tsoknyi Gyatso is a Nepalese Tibetan Buddhist teacher and author, and the founder of the Pundarika Foundation. He is the third Tsoknyi Rinpoche, having been recognized by the 16th Karmapa as the reincarnation of Drubwang Tsoknyi Rinpoche. He is a tulku of the Drukpa Kagyü and Nyingma traditions and the holder of the Ratna Lingpa and Tsoknyi lineages.

Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche

Phakchok Rinpoche is a teacher of the Nyingma lineage and chief lineage holder of the Taklung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He is Vajra Master of Ka-Nying Shedrup Ling monastery, abbot of several monasteries in Nepal, and assists monasteries and practice centers in Tibet. In addition, he serves as Director of the Chokgyur Lingpa Foundation, a nonprofit organization engaged in a wide range of humanitarian projects.

The Chokgyur Lingpa Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization associated with a Tibetan Buddhist monastery, Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling, near Boudhanath, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal. Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche, along his son, Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche, serve as Spiritual Heads and Directors of the Chokgyur Lingpa Foundation. Their family contains many of the most popular modern Tibetan lamas, including Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and Mingyur Rinpoche.


  1. "Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche". Dharma Sun. Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Lewis, Craig (21 December 2020). "Ka-nying Shedrub Ling Announces Parinirvana of Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche". Buddhist Door Global. Archived from the original on 26 December 2020. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  3. "Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche". Dharma Sun. Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  4. Urgyen, Tulku (2007), Blazing Splendor, Rangjung Yeshe Publications, p. xii, 362-3; ISBN   978-962-7341-56-7
  5. Ka-Nying Shedrup Ling Website Archived 2015-03-11 at the Wayback Machine
  6. Kunsang, Lama; Lama Pemo; Marie Aubele; Jonathan C. Bell (Apr 16, 2012), History Of The Karmapas: The Odyssey Of The Tibetan Masters With The Black Crown, p. 269; ISBN   9781559393904
  7. Shedrub Development Mandala http://www.shedrub.org
  8. Lion's Roar, Publication by Shambhala Sun Publications, online article from June 7, 2012
  9. Chokling Rinpoche (2008), The Great Gate: A Guidebook to the Guru's Heart Practice, Dispeller of All Obstacles, Rangjung Yeshe Publications. ISBN   962-7341-04-5.
  10. Chokling Rinpoche (2001), Lotus Ocean: Seeds of the Sublime Dharma, Rangjung Yeshe Publications.
  11. Lotus Ocean from Rangjung Yeshe Publications
  12. Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche's Interview for Rabsel Tibetan Buddhist Magazine
  13. Tricycle Magazine Interview with his son, Phakchok Rinpoche, mentioning Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche
  14. Doctor, Andreas (2013), Tibetan Treasure Literature: Revelation, Tradition, and Accomplishment in Visionary Buddhism, Snow Lion Publications, p. 12; ISBN   978-1559392365
  15. Urgyen, Tulku (2006), Quintessential Dzogchen: Confusion Dawns as Wisdom, Rangjung Yeshe Publications, p. 281-282, ISBN   9627341584.
  16. Biography of Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche
  17. Marcia Binder Schmidt (2002), The Dzogchen Primer: Embracing The Spiritual Path According To The Great Perfection. Shambhala Publications. p. 15 and 305, ISBN   1-57062-829-7.
  18. Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche (2004), Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen: A Commentary on The Quintessence of Spiritual Practice, The Direct Instructions of the Great Compassionate One, Rangjung Yeshe Publications, pp. 52, 223, ISBN   9627341215.
  19. Mingyur, Yongey (2014), Turning Confusion into Clarity: A Guide to the Foundation Practices of Tibetan Buddhism, Snow Lion Publications, p. 352, ISBN   1611801214.
  20. Khyentse, Dilgo (2010), Brilliant Moon: The Autobiography of Dilgo Khyentse, Shambhala Publications, p. 198 (all of Chapter 13), ISBN   1590307631.
  21. "The Parinirvana of Kyabjé Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche". Samye Institute. 18 December 2020. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  22. Chokgyur Lingpa Foundation: Projects Archived 2013-08-30 at the Wayback Machine
  23. Lhasey Lotsawa Translations & Publications
  24. The Chokgyur Lingpa Foundation www.cglf.org
  25. Shenpen Nepal http://www.shenpennepal.org/
  26. Rangjung Yeshe Publications Archived 2014-08-11 at archive.today
  27. "Highly regarded Buddhist teacher to speak". 13 May 2014.
  28. "An Update from Buddhists working on the ground in Nepal" Patheos.com
  29. "Group pitches in for Nepal quake victims" The Daily Star (Oneonta, NY)
  30. "Scituate High grad helping in Nepal after quake" The Scituate Mariner
  31. "Victims saved by Lana’s first aid" The Sunday Times (UK)
  32. "The impact of the Nepal earthquake in Tibet" The International Campaign Tibet