Biography

Dzogchen Gonpo Rinpoche

– A Bodhisattva who reincarnates by will as many times as needed for the benefit of all sentient beings.

May I be a protector to the helpless,

A lamp for those in darkness,

May I be a home for the homeless,

And a servant for the world.

 

For all those ailing in the world,

Until their every sickness has been healed,

May I myself become for them

The doctor, nurse, the medicine itself.

 

~~ Shantideva’s Asporation from the Bodhicharyavatara

 

Dzogchen Gonpo Rinpoche

 

A Bodhisattva is an enlightened being who altruistically chooses to postpone his Buddhahood and returns to our ream in various forms through reincarnation over countless lifetimes. This is to fulfill his compassionate aspiration to lead all sentient beings to liberation.

Dzogchen Gönpo Rinpoche is from Tibet’s Dzogchen Monastery, the lineage of Nyingma Sect. The word “Dzogchen” means Great Perfection.

 

Dzogchen Gönpo Rinpoche is the incarnation of Mahakala, who is a wrathful manifestation of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Great Compassion. Also known as “Lord of the Tent”, Makakala is one of the most revered Tibetan protector deities.

 

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Disciple's Anecdotes

Followers’ Memorable Incidents With

Gonpo Rinpoche

 

I clearly remember Gonpo Rinpoche recounting his first time witnessing a butcher slaughtering chickens in the market when he first arrived in Taiwan during my first dharma talk by him. As he described the experience to us in detail, I tried to put myself in his shoes. Having lived in the lush beauty of Tibetan pastures all his life, Rinpoche strictly kept to the simple and disciplined lifestyle of a dharma practitioner and refrained from harming living beings—even tiny insects. And there he was, in the middle of a market in Taiwan, horrified beyond measure while watching a meat seller slaughter chicken after chicken, taking around 12 seconds for each chicken.

 

He then told us of an encounter when he accepted his followers’ invitation to a steamboat dinner. As he watched them dunk live crabs into the steamboat, the sight of the crabs being half-immersed in the boiling soup caused a burning sensation in half of his body as well. He was so badly affected that he was unable to eat anything for the rest of the meal. I then realized that Rinpoche’s compassion knew no bounds, and he was able to empathize with fellow sentient beings so well that he could feel their physical pain as if it was inflicted on him directly.

 

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