Zachary Larson

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Zach Larson is a practitioner in the Longchen Nyingthig lineage of the Nyingma School who works as a translator, editor and author. He was born in 1978 in Wisconsin and received a BA in "Buddhism and Politics" at UW-Madison in 2001 after a year-long study abroad program in Kathmandu, Nepal in which he met his first teacher, Changling Tulku Rinpoche of Shechen Monastery, with whom he studied the Longchen Nyinthig preliminaries for six months. While working on the research project "Nonviolence in Tibetan Culture: A glimpse at how Tibetans view and practice nonviolence in politics and daily life," he met and received profound blessings from Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche and offered to compile and translate teachings by him in the coming years. Chatral Rinpoche approved of the idea, and Larson returned to Wisconsin to study Tibetan language and Buddhism for three years at the UW-Madison Graduate School. He returned to Nepal in 2004 and compiled, edited and translated Chatral Rinpoche's biography and teachings into the book "Compassionate Action: The Teachings of Chatral Rinpoche," which was published by Shechen Publications in New Delhi in 2005.

Larson attended the full Nyingma Kama Wang with Trulshik Rinpoche in the winter of 2004 in Boudha and received the Kunsang Lama'i Shelung empowerment from Tsetrul Rinpoche in January 2005.

Snow Lion Publications released an expanded and updated version of Compassionate Action in 2007. The book has since been translated into Spanish (2009), Indonesian (2009), and Russian (2010). For more information, see [1]

Main teachers

Lama Wangdu Rinpoche, Changling Tulku Rinpoche

Published Works

Compassionate Action by Chatral Rinpoche. Edited, introduced and annotated by Zach Larson. (2007) Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Publications. ISBN 15-5939-271-1

Compassionate Action: The teachings of Chatral Rinpoche (2005) New Delhi: Shechen Publications. Edited with Commentary by Zach Larson. ISBN 81-7472-123-1

Unpublished Works (completed)

"Nonviolence in Tibetan Culture: A glimpse at how Tibetans view and practice nonviolence in politics and daily life."

Internal Links

External Links

Order Compassionate Action (Available 3.35.2007) at:

[2] or


"Nonviolence in Tibetan Culture" available at: [4]

More on "Compassionate Action" at: [5]