Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche (1920 - February 13, 1996) (Tibetan: སྤྲུལ་སྐུ་ཨོ་རྒྱན་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་, Wylie: Sprul-sku O-rgyan Rin-po-che). A contemporary Buddhist master of the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages, who lived at Nagi Gompa hermitage in Nepal, Urgyen Rinpoche was considered one of the greatest Dzogchen masters of our time.
Born in Eastern Tibet in Kham, in 1920, he was recognized by Khakyab Dorje, 15th Karmapa Lama as both the reincarnation of the Chowang Tulku and Nubchen Sangye Yeshe, one of the twenty-five principal students of Padmasambhava.
Rinpoche's father was Tsangsar Chimey Dorje, a vajrayana instructor who began giving Rinpoche transmission for the Kangyur, the Buddha, and "The New Treasures of Chokgyur Lingpa." As he grew older, he studied Dzogchen with Samten Gyatso.
Urgyen Rinpoche spent thirty three years at Nagi Gompa Hermitage where he spent two decades in retreat, and eventually established six monasteries and retreat centers in Nepal. Urgyen Rinpoche was the father of Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche.
Death and Later reincarnation
- Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche's special quality was to begin with the view rather than end with it; to train in devotion, compassion, and renunciation, perfecting the accumulations, and removing obscurations, all within the framework of the view. The practitioner was encouraged to see all these aspects of practice as the very expressions of the view itself. That was Tulku Urgyen's unique style.
His reincarnation was discovered in March 2006, the four year old son of Chokling Rinpoche (known as the Chokling of Neten, not to be confused with Tulku Urgyen's son who is the Chokling of Tsikey). He lives in the village of Bir in Himachal Pradesh, in India.