Rigzin Dorjee Rinpoche

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Rigdzin Dorjee Rinpoche, courtesy of the Nyingma Institute Taktse Education

Rigzin Dorjee Rinpoche is a contemporary Nyingma master and one of the main students of Chatral Rinpoche. He is also the founder and head of the Nyingma Institute in Gangtok, Sikkim, India and the Nyingma Retreat Center in Martam, Sikkim.

Birth and Family

Rigzin Dorjee Rinpoche was born in 1954[1].


At the age of fifteen, he was ordained monk and studied at the Higher Buddhist Institute in Varanasi, India. He graduated with the degree of acharya.

Over the years, Rigzin Dorjee Rinpoche studied with the following masters:


Rigzin Dorjee Rinpoche is the founder and head of the Nyingma Institute, Gangtok, Sikkim, India and the Nyingma Retreat Center, Martam, Sikkim, India.

In 1998, Rigzin Dorjee Rinpoche founded Longchen Nyingtik Institute, USA. He has also taught extensively in institutions, universities and other Buddhist centers in Bhutan, Nepal, India, Canada, the Netherlands and USA.

Today, Rigzin Dorjee Rinpoche is one of the main lineage holders of the Rigdzin Sokdrup tradition.


  1. Most of the information here is based on the official biography found on the website of Nyingma Institute Taktse Education.

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