This week on the Wisdom Podcast we were honored to feature H.E. the 7th Ling Rinpoche. Rinpoche tells us about the history of the Ling Rinpoche lineage and about his relationship with H.H. the Dalai Lama, including the special qualities of the Dalai Lama. Rinpoche then tells us about what tulkus are, explaining their important role in Tibetan Buddhism. He tells us what it has been like to hold this honored title as a Ling Rinpoche, explaining the advantages and disadvantages. He then explains what a geshe degree is and describes a day in the life of a monk living at the monastery. Rinpoche also tells us about some of his favorite texts and explains what madhyamaka is. He also shares his thoughts about the importance of Tsongkhapa’s teachings and discusses the steps we can take to free ourselves from suffering, and the importance of studying emptiness in dispelling delusions. Rinpoche shares his experiences of traveling in the West and the differences he’s noticed between dharma in the U.S. and dharma in India. We also learn from Rinpoche about the three principles of the path, and much more, in this episode.
His Eminence the 7th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche was born in India on November 18, 1985. He was taken to the Tibetan Children’s Village in Dharamsala, after his mother died, and stayed there until His Holiness the Dalai Lama recognized him as the reincarnation of his Senior Tutor, the 6th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche, who passed away in 1983.
The 7th Yongzin Ling Rinpoche began his studies at Drepung Monastic University in South India when he was ten years old and continues to be engaged in rigorous religious study there. In 1991 he gave his first teachings in South Korea and since then has given teachings and tantric initiations in India, Nepal, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, France, Holland and the United States.
Starting in 2004 Rinpoche has participated in the Mind and Life Institute dialogues that have taken place in India between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and scientists on a variety of topics, including physics, neuroplasticity and destructive emotions. Ling Rinpoche has also participated in international events dedicated to preserving Buddhist traditions – Conclave of the International Buddhist Confederation, Global Buddhist Congregation, International Conference on Vinaya, and the World Peace Puja in Bodhgaya.
Biography source: http://lingrinpoche.info/biography/