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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.
"HUM" calligraphy by the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

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7/23/13- Bellingham, WA
On The Passing of
Lama Tharchin Rinpoche

On hearing the sad news today of the passing of Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, I offer my heartfelt prayers of meaningful connection. I also offer prayers and condolences to his many devoted students. Lama Tharchin Rinpoche was a preeminent master of the Early Translation Nyingma School. As a direct disciple of both H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche and Kyabje Dungse Trinley Norbu Rinpoche, he compassionately and extensively propagated the teachings of the Great Perfection throughout the world. I deeply appreciate Rinpoche's vast enlightened activities on behalf of the Buddha's teachings and all sentient beings. Rinpoche's students will remain in my thoughts, and I pray that their practice will be fruitful at this poignant and important time.

- dpr

Monday 10/24/11, 5:30-7pm CDT
LIVE WEBCAST from San Antonio, TX
Religious & Secular Approaches
to Suffering and Healing

A panel of experts moderated by NPR's Dave Davies will present on eastern, western and secular approaches to suffering and healing, their impact on healthcare and the ethical implications in treatment. Panelists include internationally recognized theologian, scholar and interfaith advocate Rabbi Jack Bemporad, Tibetan Buddhism scholar and meditation master Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, and geriatrician/author Dr. Jerald Winakur.

8/1/11- Los Angeles, CA
"His Geekiness" DPR Attends
'Buddhist Geeks' Conference

Buddhist Geeks, are not as the name may suggest, cosplay devotees decked in Shaolin monk robes or Jedi garb...they are instead the Western face of an eons old religion. They are teachers, psychologists, professional bloggers, scientists, lawyers, et. al. trying to reconcile and integrate an ancient and contemplative practice with a contemporary culture that seemingly values neither.
→ Read full article on LA Weekly website

January 2011
Audio DPR on The Secular Buddhist podcast

.MP3, 38 min, 17.5MB
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The Secular Buddhist podcast and companion website examine early Buddhist teaching and practice with a critical eye to its secular application.
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01/18/11 - Hong Kong, China
Quick Visit to a Fast City

On his last night in town, in a yoga studio in Wan Chai, Rinpoche had a discussion with students about exploring the mind and the power of radical questioning.

1/6/11 - London, UK
"You don't need the 'right' kind of zafu to be a Buddhist"

Writing for London's Guardian newspaper, Ed Halliwell reviews DPR's latest book:

... 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.
→ Read the Full Review

1/1/11 - Kathmandu, Nepal
"Melt the Clouds of Sin and Sadness"

A New Year's Aspiration poem by DPR.
→ Read the Poem

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.

→ Read Rinpoche's full statement at the Remembering Gene Smith website.

12/14/10 - Kathmandu, Nepal
DPR Visits Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche in Nepal

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11/18/10 - Halifax, NS
Rebel Buddha in Halifax

Dennis Hunter offers his account of DPR's appearance at Dalhousie University, the second stop on the Rebel Buddha book tour. Launches
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, 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 bloggers, and enjoy! See you there.

5/13/10 - Hong Kong, China
Poem: "The Gap"

Sudden thoughts
The ground of nowness
True eyes
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

12/21/09 - Katmandu, Nepal
Letter from DPR

Dear Sangha Friends, I recently had the great fortune to visit and spend time with my guru Khenpo Rinpoche at Tek Chok Ling in Kathmandu, Nepal. Rinpoche is doing very well and he is cheerful and happy to see students and give teachings. → Read More
Adobe PDF KTGR Doha: A Dreamlike Song of Appearance-Emptiness
Tibetan and English, .PDF, 30KB
12/19/09 - Bangkok, Thailand
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche Joins
Compilation Committee Meeting for
the Common Buddhist Text Project

During a recent meeting of the Compilation Committee for the Common Buddhist Text Project that occurred December 18-19 at Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University in Bangkok, Thailand, much progress was made toward the goal of creating a common Buddhist text.
8/16/09 - Hong Kong, China
Audio Hong Kong Community Talk

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05/01/09 - Bangkok, Thailand
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche Participates in International Council of United Nations Day of Vesak Conference

In May 2009, Buddhist scholars, practitioners, and teachers were invited to Bangkok, Thailand to participate in a ground breaking conference. Occurring during Vesak, the holiday that celebrates the birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana of the Buddha, the ICUNDV (International Council of United Nations Day of Vesak), along with the Thai Government and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, hosted a multi day conference.
03/18/09 - Deer Park, Bir, India
DPR Gives Address at Translating the Words of the Buddha Conference, Deer Park Institute

On Monday, March 16th, 2009, the Translating the Words of the Buddha conference began with an introduction by the conference chair, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, followed by statements from HH The Dalai Lama, HH Sakya Trizin, HH The Karmapa, and the late HH Mindrolling Rinpoche. These were followed by a keynote by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.

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