Lama Tharchin Rinpoche passes away

The Vajrayana Foundation has just announced on its Facebook page that its founder, Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, has passed away from a sudden heart attack.

As the Vajrayana Foundation’s biography of Lama Tharchin Rinpoche explains, “He is the tenth lineage holder of the Repkong Ngakpas. This is a family lineage of yogis, or householders, and was the largest community of non-monastic practitioners in Tibet.  Rinpoche was trained in His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche’s monastery, engaged in five years of solitary retreat and then completed the three year retreat with three others under Dudjom Rinpoche…[Lama Tharchin] Rinpoche left Tibet by foot with his family in 1960.  He lived in Orissa, India and Kathmandu, Nepal before coming to America in 1984 for health reasons.  While in America, Dudjom Rinpoche asked Lama Tharchin Rinpoche to turn the third wheel of Dharma, the teachings of Vajrayana Buddhism.”

Lama Tharchin Rinpoche created Pema Osel Ling in Watsonville, CA, as the base for his worldwide teaching activity. Check the Vajrayana Foundation’s website for further updates.