Rahor Khenpo Tupten

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Rahor Khenpo Tupten with the young Dzogchen Rinpoche

Rahor Khenpo Tupten (Wyl. ra hor mkhan po thub bstan) — the tutor of Dzogchen Rinpoche. He was from Rahor, a branch of Dzogchen monastery founded by the Third Dzogchen Rinpoche in Gyalrong near Dergé. He was a student of Pöpa Tulku. He escaped from Tibet together with his former classmate Khenpo Dazer and went together with him to Sikkim via Bhutan.

In 1975, Khenpo Tupten taught on Buddhist practice and meditation in London, with Sogyal Rinpoche translating. He stayed for three months at Chatsworth Rd, the first centre of what would become the Rigpa sangha.

In 1979 he accompanied Dudjom Rinpoche during his stay in London, giving teachings in St Mark's Hall and at Orgyen Chö Ling.

In 1985 he accompanied Dzogchen Rinpoche to the Rigpa centre at St Paul’s Crescent in London, and taught for several days on Kyerim.

Further Reading

  • Marilyn Silverstone, 'Five Nyingmapa Lamas in Sikkim', Kailash: A Journal of Himalayan Studies, 1973, vol. 1.1