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Lopon Rinpoche

H.E Lopon Tenzin Jigme Rinpoche III, a reincarnated tulku born in Taiwan in 1960, is the tripa (senior head) of the Karma Kagyu Monastery -- seat of the Gyalwa Karmapas in Taiwan. H.H. Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche, the Red-Crown holder and the regent of the Karma Kagyu lineage, recognized Lopon Rinpoche in 1991, and enthroned him in Rumtek Monastery, Sikkim.

Rinpoche was one of major disciples of the 15th Gyalwa Karmapa in his former life. He was appointed as Dorje Lopon (Vajra master) in the Tsurpu Monastery, headquarters of the Karma Kagyu lineage in Tibet. Besides, he hosted the cremation ceremony of the 15th Karmapa and the enthronement ceremony of the 16th Karmapa.

Karma Kagyu Monastery is a grand-scale Tibetan monastery set in south Taiwan. H.E. Lopon Rinpoche started to construct this monastery in 1986. The four major purposes are: publicizing Tibetan Buddhism, educating monks and nuns, devoting oneself to the benefit of others, and promoting humanity as well as art education.

The deepest aspiration of Rincpohe is to establish and indigenize Tibetan Buddhism in Taiwan. By means of incorporating the essence of Tibetan Buddhism into the sino-culture, the local people would have more access to the most subtle Dharma. Thus modern people, in today's disordered and unsettled society, may find a way to acquire peace and happiness as well as to know the utmost meaning or value of life.

To carry out such aspiration, Rinpoche started to construct various monastic buildings and make considerable delicate Buddha statues, hoping that through the charms of Tibetan Buddhist art, our streams of consciousness can be purified. Moreover, Rinpoche has dedicated himself to the translation of Buddhist scriptures, focusing on translating the Tantric texts of the four Yogas into Chinese. The fruit of such exceptional efforts would be presented to you and passed on to people forever.

In order to spread the word of Tibetan Buddhism, Rinpoche offers distant courses by means of hi-tech teleconferencing technology. Every lecture is a combination of art, culture and Dharma. It may empower you with wisdom and compassion as long as you participate in the programs.




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