H. E. Dza Kilung Rinpoche: Jigme Lingpa and the Longchen Nyingtik Tradition

In this episode of the Wisdom Podcast, Daniel Aitken speaks with H. E. Dza Kilung Rinpoche, revered teacher in the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism, and head of Kilung Monastery in East Tibet. Kilung Rinpoche was discovered as a reincarnation of H. H. Jigme Ngotsar Gyatso, a yogi who built Kilung Monastery in the eighteenth century. Jigme Ngotsar was also one of four main disciples of Jigme Lingpa, a revered visionary of the Nyingma lineage, and among the chief tertöns, or treasure revealers, of the Longchen Nyingtik cycle of teachings. In this episode, you’ll hear Rinpoche explain his connection to Longchen Nyingtik teachings, as well as the history of their transmission throughout the ages, and their particular significance to Dzogchen. Rinpoche also shares wisdom for contemporary practitioners, offering insights on the necessary relationship between shamatha and vipashyana, as well as the difference between absolute and relative bodhichitta.

 

H. E. Dza Kilung Rinpoche is head of Kilung Monastery in East Tibet. He is the fifth reincarnation of H. H. Jigme Ngotsar Gyatso, and was recognized as the fifth Kilung Rinpoche by H. H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, H. H. Dodrupchen Rinpoche, and H. E. Dzogchen Rinpoche. In 1998, Rinpoche traveled to the United States, where he started the Kilung Foundation in Seattle, a non-profit dedicated to supporting the local Kilung community in Tibet, as well as the teaching of Buddhism to westerners.