His Eminence Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche

“To live fully, we need to cultivate great respect for everyone. Within the unconditional appreciation of our breath, we will find unconditional love for all beings. When we realize how precious our own breath is, we will not think of hurting anyone, not even a tiny ant running across our table.” — Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche

Renowned Buddhist teacher, His Eminence Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche, was born in the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains. He was recognized as a holy child and began training as a lama from the age of four. Rinpoche attended a Buddhist University in Sarnath, Varanasi, and later received sacred transmissions from many of the greatest and most realized Buddhist masters of our time. Rinpoche is a true lineage holder of the Great Perfection tradition—his primary root teacher is His Holiness Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche.

With great compassion and infinite wisdom, Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche teaches us how to actualize the essence of our precious human lives and live completely and fully. Rinpoche’s spontaneous, refreshing, and humorous style of teaching reconnects us to the fundamental nature of mind—our basic goodness. He teaches us ways to seize the moment and live with clarity, kindness and genuine understanding. His powerful blessings can remove obstacles on the spiritual journey and his gentle words beckon us home to the purity and simplicity of our true nature.

His Eminence guides those who genuinely yearn to understand themselves and their world. He gracefully shows us how live truly meaningful and happy lives. Just as a small key can open the door to the vast and splendid treasures hidden within a palatial mansion, Rinpoche’s pithy and succinct teachings reveal profound, penetrating, and life-changing instructions on how to positively transform our way of being in everyday life.

Rinpoche has conducted countless retreats, seminars, and empowerments at centers throughout the world for over 25 years and has given talks at Harvard, Yale, Wesleyan, and Naropa Universities, among many other venues. Rinpoche gives teachings and conducts pujas for large groups of hundreds of followers or for small gatherings of a few devoted students. When teachings are requested, Rinpoche responds with kindness and compassion. His spontaneous teachings make us feel genuinely complete in the moment and natural in being who we are. 

In 1987, His Eminence was invited to come to the United States to teach. He was intrigued about visiting there, as he had met many American tourists in the sacred city of Varanasi, India, who told him that their country was materially rich but spiritually impoverished. Rinpoche was saddened to hear this and was inspired to help them enrich their spiritual understanding. Arriving on the East Coast of the United States with only a hundred dollars in his pocket and only two sets of robes, he traveled across the country for one month, giving teachings along the way. Some of Rinpoche’s close students requested that he remain in America, and Rinpoche spent much of the next 20 years in the United States, fulfilling the wishes of his teachers by sharing his understanding of Buddhist philosophy and practices. His Eminence founded Rangrig Yeshe Inc. in the United States, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to benefit beings through teachings, meditation retreats, and other compassionate activities.

During this time, Rinpoche had many requests from people in the Himalayan region for teachings and support. Rinpoche responded by establishing Shyalpa Monastery and Nunnery in Kathmandu, Nepal, and more recently, the Miphan School, a traditional Buddhist study center. In addition, he formed the Himalayan Children’s Fund, which sponsors poor and needy children.

Rinpoche has great respect and admiration for the traditions and cultures of Asia, including the great nation of China. In 2009 Rinpoche founded Wencheng Gongzhu International Foundation in Hong Kong (and later established branches in Taiwan and Malaysia) to support his compassionate activities and spread the peaceful and healing message of the Lord Buddha.

In 2013, the Nepalese government entrusted His Eminence with the task of developing a precious tract of land in the birthplace of the Buddha in Lumbini, Nepal. This project holds great historical and spiritual significance for the entire world. Rinpoche’s vision is to build a sanctuary that will honor and glorify the sacred birthplace of Shakyamuni Buddha and serve as a wonderful pilgrimage site for visitors of every race, color, and creed—a fountain of universal peace and understanding. The Mahasiddha Sanctuary for Universal Peace in Lumbini will be built to last for 1,000 years. His Eminence Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche would like to invite all of humanity to participate and support this most sacred project and pay sincere respect to Lord Buddha. In this way, everyone will have the opportunity to accumulate good karma together.

"Those who continually experience the highest, richest qualities of their being are known as enlightened ones. The more we can integrate with the essential richness of our being, the more fully we can live. Then we can truly enjoy this precious life and celebrate each and every moment. Ultimately, there is no difference between the Buddha and ourselves. The Buddha actualized his enlightened qualities, and we too have the same potential." — Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche