Khenchen Tsultrim Lodrö Rinpoche
Khenpo Tsultrim Lodrö Rinpoche was born in 1962 in Kandze, in the eastern region of the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan, China. When he was young, he demonstrated such profound compassion and noble actions that the local villagers considered him an extraordinary child. Once he started school, his innate wisdom became apparent. Teachers acknowledged his many achievements and classmates praised his intelligence.
While pursuing a secular education, Khenchen Rinpoche recognized the suffering inherent within existence and saw that academic study had limited ability to alleviate that suffering. With a sense of renunciation for worldly life, he became determined to take monastic vows.
At that time, His Holiness Jigmé P’huntsok Rinpoche was teaching the dharma and benefiting beings throughout Tibet. Carrying on the bodhisattva Manjushri’s aspirations, His Holiness vowed to rekindle the dharma wherever it was diminishing. Hearing about His Holiness’ qualities, Khenchen Rinpoche experienced profound and heartfelt yearning to meet him. He traveled to Larong, the renowned Buddhist Academy in Sertar, and met His Holiness in person, who accepted him as his student with great delight. Khenchen Rinpoche took vows of ordination and began training under His Holiness’ guidance.
While studying at Sertar, Khenchen Rinpoche proved to have exceptional skills in teaching, debating, and composing. He impressed the senior Khenpos of the academy with his many accomplishments. After rigorous evaluation, His Holiness awarded Khenchen Rinpoche the Khenpo’s degree, equivalent to a Ph.D, specializing in Tripitakas. For more than two decades, Khenchen Rinpoche has studied and contemplated the essential teachings of the sutras and tantras without interruption. These include comprehensive training in the source tantras including the Guhyagarbha Tantra and its relevant commentaries; the seven treasuries of Longchenpa; the Nyintik Yabzhi, and many more.
Many renowned masters have recognized Khenpo Tsultrim Lodrö Rinpoche as a reincarnate lama, or tulku, and have offered to enthrone him at their monasteries, but he has never accepted such acknowledgment. Instead, he chose the simplicity of monastic life, believing that the pursuit of fame was a sign of confusion and would bring nothing but obstacles to his practice. Still, many lamas consider him to be an emanation of Longchenpa and believe that H.H. Jigmé P’huntsog Rinpoche gave him the name Tsultrim Lodrö because it is one of Longchenpa’s names.
Khenchen Rinpoche started teaching the dharma in major cities of China, Malaysia, and Singapore in the 1990's, at His Holiness Jigmé P'huntsok Rinpoche's request. Since then, he has continued to travel and teach around the world including recently to the United States, Canada, and Australia.
Khenchen Rinpoche is well known for his compassion towards animals. He advocates a vegetarian diet as a way to cause less harm to sentient beings, and puts great effort into life saving and the live-release of animals procured to be killed. For the last ten years, he has sponsored an annual summer live-release to save vast numbers of yaks, goats, and sea creatures from slaughter. To date, Khenchen Rinpoche has rescued more than 100 million lives. He is known as the “Life-Release Khenpo.”
Khenchen Tsultrim Lodrö teaches throughout Tibet promoting Buddhism, the value of education, environmental protection, AIDS and public health awareness. He has worked to preserve Tibetan culture by founding libraries and schools in numerous regions in Tibet, and strives to bring the Tibetan people modern knowledge in their own language. He has collaborated with several distinguished scholars to compile Chinese-English-Tibetan dictionaries, including an illustrated New Daily Vocabulary dictionary, which has already been published. These have had a great social impact in contemporary Tibetan society.
Khenchen Rinpoche's publications also include several commentaries on classic Buddhist philosophical treatises (published in the Tibetan language), compilations of inspiring advice to monastic and lay audiences, and an influential series of erudite and authoritative teachings on the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in Chinese. These works include a Commentary on The Essence of The Heartfelt Advice, Clarifying Madhyamaka, Questions and Answers on Perfecting Wisdom, and A Thesis on Past Life and This Life. Many of Khenchen Rinpoche’s teachings to Tibetan monastic and lay audiences have also been transcribed, published, and have received broad acclaim.
Since his ordination, Khenchen Rinpoche has guarded his pratimoksha precepts to do no harm, bodhisattva commitments to benefit beings, and samaya vows of the Vajrayana trainings more carefully than he has guarded his own life. He is a heart son of H.H. Jigmé P'huntsok Rinpoche and one of the great bodhisattvas of our time.