Tulku Thondup Rinpoche

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Tulku Thondup Rinpoche

Tulku Thondup Rinpoche (Tib. སྤྲུལ་སྐུ་དོན་གྲུབ་, Wyl. sprul sku don grub) (1939-2023) was born in Golok in Amdo, Tibet. He was recognised at the age of four as the reincarnation of a famous scholar of the Dodrupchen monastery, Konme Khenpo. Thondup Rinpoche entered Dodrupchen monastery and studied various Buddhist texts, becoming the monastery’s ritual master (dorje lopön). In 1958 he moved to India, teaching from 1967-76 at Lucknow University and from 1976-80 at Visva-Bharati University.

In 1980 he went to the USA, and was a visiting scholar at Harvard University. He worked at the translation of and research into Tibetan Buddhist texts, especially those of the Nyingma lineage tradition, under the auspices of the Buddhayana Foundation, and published various books, among them Hidden Teachings of Tibet (on terma); Buddhist Civilisation in Tibet; The Practice of Dzogchen (Longchenpa on Dzogchen), and Enlightened Living (on ethical conduct).


  • Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, Buddhist Civilization in Tibet (New York and London: Routeledge & Kegan Paul, 1987)
  • Tulku Thondup, The Practice of Dzogchen (Ithaca: Snow Lion, 1996 & 2002) [previously published in 1989 under the title Buddha Mind. See below for revised and expanded edition]
  • Tulku Thondup, Enlightened Journey—Buddhist Practice as Daily Life, edited by Harold Talbott (Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1995)
  • Tulku Thondup, Masters of Meditation and Miracles, edited by Harold Talbott (Boston: Shambhala, 1996)
  • Tulku Thondup, Enlightened Living, Rangjung Yeshe Publications
  • Tulku Thondup, Hidden Teachings of Tibet: An Explanation of the Terma Tradition of the Nyingma School of Buddhism (Boston: Wisdom, reprint edition 1997)
  • Tulku Thondup, Healing Meditations (Boston & London: Shambhala, 1998)
  • Tulku Thondup, The Healing Power of Mind (Boston & London: Shambhala, 1998)
  • Tulku Thondup, Boundless Healing (Boston & London: Shambhala, 2001)
  • Tulku Thondup, Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth (Boston & London: Shambhala, 2005)
  • Tulku Thondup, Incarnation: The History and Mysticism of the Tulku Tradition of Tibet (Shambhala, 2011)
  • Tulku Thondup, The Practice of Dzogchen: Longchen Rabjam's Writings on the Great Perfection, Revised and Expanded Edition (Boston & London: Snow Lion, 2014)
  • Tulku Thondup, The Heart of Unconditional Love: A Powerful New Approach to Loving-Kindness Meditation (Shambhala, 2015)

Teachings Give to the Rigpa Sangha

  • San Francisco, 17 February 2001, The Longchen Nyingthig Lineage
  • Rigpa centre, Levallois, France, 19 November 2002, The Nyingma Lineage
  • Munich, Germany, 25 April 2006, Longchen Nyingtik—The Heart Essence of Infinite Expanse
  • Lerab Ling, 1 May 2006, Healing and Transformation
  • Rigpa centre, Levallois, France, 2 May 2006, Longchen Nyingtik—The Heart Essence of Infinite Expanse
  • London, UK, 4 May 2006, Longchen Nyingtik—The Heart Essence of Infinite Expanse
  • Dzogchen Beara, 5-7 May 2006, Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth

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