Rinpoche is acknowledged as one of the foremost scholars and meditation masters of Tibetan Buddhism in his generation. Fluent in English and well-versed in Western culture and technology, he is known for his sharp intellect, humor and the lucidity of his teachings.
... Rebel Buddha is a strong candidate for dharmabook of the year, but the message could usefully be applied beyond the Buddhist fringe. After all, what religious, philosophical or scientific tradition has not been misused by the human psyche in this way? Forms and concepts are useful, if held with the lightness their insubstantiality deserves, but as soon as we squeeze them tightly, they begin to twist out of shape, becoming barriers rather than aids to waking up.
DPR Pays Tribute to E. Gene Smith, 1936-2010 Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche recently released a statement on the passing of E. Gene Smith, the legendary Buddhist preservationist who passed away in New York City on December 16, 2010. The following is an excerpt:
Many people were saddened by the passing of E. Gene Smith, a peerless champion of Buddhist learning and a walking treasure of knowledge. Gene's incomparable scholarship of Buddhism in general, and Tibetan Buddhist history in particular, makes his passing a great loss. Like all of those whose lives and work were touched by his deeds, I, too, was incredibly saddened. I offer my heartfelt condolences and prayers to Gene's family members, as well as to all of those who loved Gene and relied upon him as a mentor, a source of wisdom, love and an inspiration.
As part of the lead-up to the release of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche's forthcoming book, Rebel Buddha, Rinpoche's students have launched an exciting, multi-faceted website, RebelBuddha.com. Please visit and check back frequently: the site is being constantly updated with quotes from the book, articles by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche on the present and future of Buddhism in the modern world, links to videos of Rinpoche talking about the book, and posts by guests bloggers from all around the Buddhist blogosphere. You might find another surprise or two, including details on Rinpoche's book tour, which will touch down in New York City, Halifax, Toronto, Boulder, and Seattle, starting this fall! Stop by, leave a comment or ask a question to one of the RebelBuddha.com bloggers, and enjoy! See you there.
The ground of nowness
Sees the gap right through
Doesn't matter what it looks like
Its the only hope
For awakening on the spot
Now or never
Is the reality of awakening