Alak Zenkar Rinpoche

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Alak Zenkar Rinpoche

Alak Zenkar Rinpoche

Name variants:
  • Thupten Lungrik Mawé Nyima
  • Tudeng Nima
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Texts by and about the great scholar Alak Zenkar Rinpoche Thupten Nyima (a lags gzan dkar thub bstan nyi ma, b.1943):


Alak Zenkar's brief biography of Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye (1813–1899) summarizes the great master's extraordinary education and activity, especially his remarkable literary output, which resulted in the so-called 'Five Great Treasuries' (mdzod chen lnga).

Alak Zenkar summarizes the remarkable life and liberation of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820–1892), showing how he mastered the so-called 'eight great chariots of the practice lineage' (sgrub brgyud shing rta chen po brgyad) and received the seven special transmissions or 'descents' (bka' babs bdun). Zenkar Rinpoche also briefly summarizes Khyentse Wangpo's collected writings, which are divided into nine main categories.

Alak Zenkar Rinpoche offers a concise account of the extraordinary life and teaching career of Dza Patrul Orgyen Jigme Chökyi Wangpo (1808–1887), one of the most influential Tibetan masters of the nineteenth century. The biography has been reprinted a number of times since it was first published in the 1980s, and is included in most recent editions of Patrul's most famous work, Kun bzang bla ma'i zhal lung.

In this brief account, Zenkar Rinpoche summarizes the education and activity of Shechen Gyaltsab Gyurme Pema Namgyal (1871–1926), and outlines the contents of the thirteen volumes of his collected writings.

A brief biography of the Gelugpa geshe Drakkar Lobzang Palden Tendzin Nyendrak (blo bzang dpal ldan bstan 'dzin snyan grags, 1866–1929), who famously debated with Ju Mipham (1846–1912), composed his own Dzogchen treatise, and passed on the transmission for a number of major collections including the Kangyur.

This brief introduction to the life and works of Kharlek Tulku Pema Kunzang Rangdrol (1916–1984) was originally written as an introduction to the master's non-sectarian Dharma history.

This brief sketch of Jetsün Tāranātha's life provides details of his education and accomplishments and lists his main students and most important writings.

Buddhist Philosophy

Long-Life Prayers

Kyabje Rinpoche composed this short prayer for the long life of Alak Zenkar Rinpoche at the request of the Rigpa saṅgha in December 2005.

A five-verse prayer for the longevity of Khenpo Sodargye (b. 1962), one of the foremost disciples of Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok (1933–2004).

Alak Zenkar Rinpoche composed this prayer for the long life of Patrick Gaffney, whose Tibetan name is Yeshe Wangyal, in 2007.

A three-verse supplication for the longevity of Alak Zenkar Rinpoche (b. 1943), which the author humbly claims is neither elegant nor profound but heartfelt.

Zenkar Rinpoche composed this prayer himself in May 2022 at the request of Tsewang Rigdzin, attendant and secretary to Pewar Rinpoche. Rather than praising the subject's own qualities, as is the custom for such prayers, Zenkar Rinpoche takes the opportunity to highlight what he sees as his own faults.

Katok Rigdzin Chenpo composed this four-line prayer for the long life of Alak Zenkar Rinpoche in 2007 at the request of both Sogyal Rinpoche and Pewar Rinpoche.

This is the shorter of two prayers that Thinley Norbu Rinpoche composed for the long life of Alak Zenkar Rinpoche.

Oral Teachings


Swift Rebirth Prayers

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