Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche: Spiritual Heir to a Tibetan Master
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For this episode of the Wisdom Podcast, host Daniel Aitken travels to New York to speak with Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche. Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche is the author of The Great Medicine, and grandson and spiritual heir of the great Tibetan master Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was one of the foremost Tibetan Buddhist masters of the 20th century. In this truly inspiring conversation, Rinpoche shares stories about his close relationship with his grandfather, teacher, and mentor for twenty years.  This relationship began when Shechen Rabjam was only 5 years old, and continued for 20 years until Dilgo Khyentse’s passing.

In this discussion, Rinpoche speaks of Dilgo Khyentse’s remarkable qualities.  In particular, he illustrates his uncanny insight and intuition, his radical generosity, and his nonsectarian approach to teaching across multiple traditions. He shares his own goals as both Dharma heir and teacher. Additionally, he discusses the history of the Sechen lineage, and explains how he seeks to transmit the lineage in Tibet. Moreover, Rinpoche and Daniel discuss the topic of devotion, including what “devotion” means and what inspires it. Finally, they discuss the topic of mindfulness and the popularity of mindfulness practice in mainstream culture.  Rinpoche offers insight into how mindfulness can “become a door to the dharma” by getting people interested in going into deeper practice. This, he says, can ultimately lead to finding a teacher and taking refuge.

Rabjam Rinpoche embodies the authentic Tibetan Buddhist tradition in combination with a modern view. He is the author of The Great Medicine. His book are available for purchase on Amazon or directly from Shambhala Publications .

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche with young Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche


Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Darjeeling, 1975
Photo Matthieu Ricard


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