Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche in the UK, September 2010

Posted on August 9, 2010


Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche

Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche


This September, meditation master and renowned teacher Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche will be hosted in the North of England by Rangjung Yeshe Gomde UK to give a seminar on “The 5 Powers; How to Use Them in this Life and at the Time of Death.” Rinpoche will give a detailed commentary on the 5 Powers and give practical advice as to how to use the teachings in this life and at the time of death. 

Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche has been teaching audiences around the world for the past 25 years. The eldest son of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, he was born in 1951 in Eastern Tibet. At the age of 18 months, he was recognized as the seventh incarnation of the Drikung Kagyü lama Gar Drubchen, a Tibetan siddha and a spiritual emanation of Nagarjuna, the second-century Indian Buddhist philosopher. 

Shortly before the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959, Rinpoche left with his family for Sikkim. From the ages of 13 to 24, he studied in the Karma Kagyü, Drikung Kagyü, and Nyingma traditions under the guidance of such eminent masters as the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. He achieved the degree of khenpo at a very early age. 

In 1974 he left Rumtek to join his family in Boudhanath, Nepal, where, at the command of the 16th Karmapa, they established Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery. Installed as the monastery’s abbot in 1975 by the Karmapa, Rinpoche followed the Karmapa’s advice to turn his efforts towards instructing Western practitioners. Rinpoche is also the founder of Rangjung Yeshe Publications, with more than 40 Buddhist titles, including his own books: Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen, Song of Karmapa, Bardo Guidebook, Indisputable Truth, and Present Fresh Wakefulness

Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche’s visit will take place at: 

Gomde Lindholme Hall
Lindholme Island
Hatfield Woodhouse
Doncaster DN7 6DT 

The programme includes: 

Wednesday 15th – Saturday 18th September: 4 day Seminar “The 5 Powers; How to Use Them in this Life and at the Time of Death” 

The 5 Powers are: 

  • The Power of Resolve
  • The Power of Habituation
  • The Power of Sowing Virtuous Seeds
  • The Power of Revulsion and
  • The Power of Aspiration

Rinpoche will give a detailed commentary on the 5 powers and give practical advice as to how to use the teachings in this life and at the time of death. 

Sunday 19th September: Ngak-so Puja 

This is a day long Vajrayana Tantric practice for mending and purification. The practice, also known as the “Ocean of Amrita”, includes visualisation, a profound confessional and a feast offering. Through the practice each participant acknowledges their own perfect inner nature. This is a central practice of the Chokling Tersar lineage and is celebrated in an elaborate way over nine days at both Ka-Nying Shedrup Ling monastery and the Nagi Gompa nunnery in Nepal. Rinpoche particularly requested that the Ngak-so puja be celebrated on the Sunday of his visit to Gomde, Lindholme Hall, so as many people can attend as possible. Texts will be available and those wishing to simply observe the practice are welcome. 

See for more details including charges and registration. 

“The real object of devotion is thought-free wakefulness, which is the ultimate guru of our innate nature — your natural mind, your self-existing wakefulness or natural awareness. This is the true view of Mahamudra and Dzogchen. So first we must recognise, then train in that recognition and attain stability. But remember, this recognition must be genuine and not some kind of personal concept we’ve made up. If we can train in genuine thought-free wakefulness, then it is possible to awaken to enlightenment fully and completely in this very lifetime. But it doesn’t help much just to train in your own intellectualized version of the view, no matter how long you try. That is why it is said that Vajrayana can be very risky, but also has great advantages.” — Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche 

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