The passing of Tibetan Buddhist master Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche

The Tibetan Buddhist master and onetime abbot of Thrangu Monastery, Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche, died suddenly this morning in Melbourne, Australia, site of the Kagyu E-vam Buddhist Institute which he founded.

Family and students were by his side as he passed, apparently of a heart attack. He was 57.
Though such an event was unexpected, Rinpoche’s travel and activity had been restricted in recent years due to health concerns. He was expected to arrive in North America soon, for his first visit here in some time.
Felicity Lodro and Kal Kingi of the E-Vam Institute—of which Rinpoche was director—issued a statement about his death; you can read it here. Shambhala Publications, which publishes Rinpoche’s work, issued this statement, along with an excerpt from his book Mind at Ease..
Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche’s work has appeared in the Shambhala Sunmagazine numerous times; here’s a selection.

  • Suffering: The Journey Starts Here — Traleg Rinpoche, Glenn Wallis, and Phillip Moffitt explain why anxiety and dissatisfaction are the means by which we can truly begin the practice of inner transformation.
  • Training the Mind to Transform Adversity into Awakening –Buddhism’s mind-training slogans help us work with all the challenges of life, from the upheavals of our own emotions to the inevitable losses and disappointments of this imperfect world. Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche explains how obstacles can be brought to the spiritual path and become opportunities for awakening.
  • Seek A Spiritual Ground — A teaching by Traleg Rinpoche, from our “Fear and Fearlessness: What the Buddhists Teach” program, presented in conjunction with the Omega Institute.
  • Depression’s Truth — We are normally charmed by the world, under the spell of samsaric entertainment. But it’s when we’re depressed, says the Venerable Traleg Rinpoche, that we can see through that.
  • Taming the Mind, Transforming Ourselves — Traleg Rinpoche describes the techniques of Buddhist meditation. Taming and transforming our wild passions involves the meditation of paying attention to the body and paying attention to our thoughts.
  • Aim High but Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself — Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche’s advice to Western practitioners.


  1. Irina S
    Posted July 25, 2012 at 3:30 am | Permalink

    I was overwhelmed with sadness at this news, which I received by email. As a frequent participant at the many and varied events arranged through his centre in Melbourne Australia, I really value the great dharmic works he has accomplished here.
    May his aspirations and intentions be spontaeously accomplished.
    May all beings be happy.

  2. Peter
    Posted January 11, 2014 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    The Sangha I attend recently began studying "The Practice of Lojong, Cultivating Compassion through Training the Mind". I was, at this late date, saddened to be informed by my fellow students that Traleg Rinpoche had passed from this life. I will try to honor his teachings by being an open vessel to receive the nectar of wisdom contained in the dharma.

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