Tsopo Dorlo Rinpoche

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mtsho 'phu rdor lo rin po che
zil gnon dgyes pa rdo rje

Drubchen Tsopo Dorlo Rinpoche

Short Biography

Tulku Dorlo Rinpoche was born in the 1930's in Kham Minyak, Tibet near the stronghold of the great Bodhisattva Tangtong Gyalpo. Dorlo Rinpoche was known both for his mastery over Dzogchen meditation, especially the teachings on the channels, energies and essences, as well as his previous births as an accomplished Nyingmapa yogi. He is the tulku of both Rigzin Jatson Nyingpo and Trozer Gyalse Dorje Dudul, who was a famed "goer-and-returner" from the early 20th century.

After practicing in solitary retreat in a cave, Trozer Gyalse Dorje Dudul died for seven days when he traversed the bardos and six realms, practicing meditation and working for the benefit of beings suffering there before coming back to life.

Dorlo Rinpoche studied at Gatok (Kathok?) University in Kham, one of the great centers of the Nyingma sect, where over a hundred thousand yogis attained rainbow body. In his younger years, Dorlo Rinpoche received teachings on the entire Nyingmapa cannon, notably the channels, energies and essences, Trekchod and Todgyal. He stayed in solitary retreat until Tibet's fall in 1959, when he was taken into custody and imprisoned. After his release, he practiced as a wandering yogi.

Dorlo Rinpoche was considered the highest authority on the practices of the channels, energies and essences in all of Tibet until his recent passing in 2004. Lama Chatrel Sangye Dorje said that regarding these teachings, there was no greater master in modern times.

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Main Students

  • Tulku Anyen Sang Sang Nyendrak
  • Tulku Dorje Tashi - Khenpo Dorje Tashi
  • Khenpo Gelek
  • Laktul Rigzin Thiley Gyatso
  • Dralek Khenpo Tenzin Ozer
  • Kundrol Mangyal Lhasray
  • Lama Palchen Lhundrup

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  • [1]An image of Tsopo Dorlo hanging at Senge Gompa. Tsopo Dorlo, who passed away several years ago, was one of Dorje Tashi Rinpoche's principal teachers. I am told that Tsopo Dorlo was actually ethnically Han Chinese but having been recognized as a reincarnate lama at a young age and brought up in Tibet, was culturally Tibetan.

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  • Orgyen Khamdroling[2]