The Khyentse Lineage

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Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche (1961 -)

Buddhist teacher, author, film-maker, founder of Siddhartha's Intent & Khyentse Foundation, student of Khenpo Appey Rinpoche, reincarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö (bio).

Khyentse Lineage - Tricycle

An illustrated version of the Khyentse Lineage from Jigme Lingpa to the present day may be downloaded from ➜Tricycle [PDF]

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Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Tashi Paljor (1910-1991)

Heart-son of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, root teacher of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, chaplain of the Royal Family of Bhutan, tutor of H.H. the Dalai Lama (bio / TOL / wikirigpawiki).

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Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö (1894-1959)

Teacher to almost all the Nyingma, Kagyü and Sakya masters of early 20th century, founder of Dzongsar Shedra, reincarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (bio / TOL / wikirigpawiki).

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Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820-1892)

Scholar, mystic, and meditator par excellence. Last of the Five Tertön Kings. Founder of the Rimé/nonsectarian approach. Mind reincarnation of Jigme Lingpa (bio / TOL / wikirigpawiki).

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Jigme Lingpa (1729–1798)

Dzogchen master, tertön, discoverer of the Longchen Nyingthik cycle of Dzogchen teachings. His name Khyentse Öser is the origin of the Khyentse lineage name (TOL / wikirigpawiki).

Madhyamaka / Dzogchen Lineage Masters in Tibet

[Please note this list is not complete and does not reflect the richness of all the Tibetan Buddhist lineages]

Khenpo Appey Rinpoche

Khenpo Appey Rinpoche (1927-2010)

Student of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, tutor of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, founder of Sakya College in India & International Buddhist Academy in Nepal (KF bio / IBA bio / rigpawiki).

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Ju Mipham, Jamgön Mipham Gyatso (1846-1912)

Great Nyingma/Rimé master who synthesised Madhyamaka view of emptiness, Mahayana view of Buddha nature and Dzogchen view of luminous nonceptual wisdom (TOL / wiki / rigpawiki)

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Longchenpa, Longchen Rabjam (1308-1364)

Renowned Nyingma master, wrote extensively on Nyingma and Dzogchen including the Seven Treasuries, and transmitted the Longchen Nyingtik lineage to Jigme Lingpa (wiki / rigpawiki)

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Rongzom Pandita (1012-1088)

One of the three "omniscient" Nyingma masters with Longchepa and Ju Mipham, wrote Entering the Way of the Great Vehicle to explain Dzogchen as summit of Madhyamaka (wiki / rigpawiki)

Madhyamaka Lineage in India

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Kamalashila (c.740 - c.795 CE)

Went to Tibet with his master Shantarakshita, defeated the Chan master Moheyan (摩诃衍) at the "Council of Lhasa", thereby founding Tibetan Buddhism on the Madhyamaka (wiki / rigpawiki).

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Shantarakshita (c.725 - c.788 CE)

Founder of Yogacara-Svatantrika-Madhyamaka, uniting the traditions of Nagarjuna and Asanga. Abbot of Nalanda University. Built first Buddhist monastery in Tibet at Samye (wiki / rigpawiki).

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Chandrakirti (c.600 - c.650 CE)

Scholar at Nalanda, author of Madhyamakāvatāra (Introduction to the Middle Way), the main text still used by Tibetan monastic colleges to study the Madhayamaka (glossary)

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Bhavaviveka (c.500 - c.578 CE)

Founder of Svatantrika-Madhyamaka, commentator on Nagarjuna's Mūlamadhyamaka-kārikā, criticised Buddhapalita for refuting other views without setting out his own logic (wiki / rigpawiki)

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Buddhapalita (c.470 - c.550 CE)

Founder of Prasangika-Madhyamaka, commentator on Nagarjuna's Mūlamadhyamaka-kārikā, criticised by his contemporary Bhavaviveka then later affirmed by Chandrakirti (wiki / rigpawiki)

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Aryadeva (c.175 - c.275 CE)

Disciple of Nagarjuna who devoted his life to continuing his master's work, writing many Madhyamaka texts. Also known as Kanadeva (迦那提婆), the 15th Chan patriarch (wiki / rigpawiki)

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Nagarjuna (c.150 - c.250 CE)

Founder of Madhyamaka, revealer of the Prajñaparamita Sutras, author of Mūlamadhyamaka-kārikā (Fundamental Verses on the Middle Way), one of the 84 mahasiddhas (glossary)

The Buddha

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The Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama (c.563 BCE/480 BCE – c.483 BCE/400 BCE)

(wiki / rigpawiki)


Last updated 10 June 2017