A Conversation with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
Interviewed by Fred Cooper and Chara Nelson
Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, founder and spiritual director of Ligmincha International, is an acclaimed author in the Bön spiritual tradition of Tibet and a highly realized and beloved teacher to many students in the West. His warmth and ability to directly convey the essence of the teachings is apparent in the interview that follows.
Bön is Tibet’s oldest spiritual tradition. As far as spiritual liberation is concerned, Bön and Buddhism both have the same essence, but as far as the lineage, transmission, method, and literature, each has its own different and rich traditions.
Tenzin Rinpoche was born in Amritsar, India. At age 10 he was ordained as a monk at Menri Monastery near Dolanji, India, and recognized by the head teacher, Lopon Sangye Tenzin Rinpoche, as the reincarnation of Khyung Tul Rinpoche, renowned Bonpo meditation master, scholar, and healer (1897-1955). From the age of 13, Rinpoche practiced Dzogchen (the Great Perfection teachings) under masters from Bön and Buddhist schools of Tibet.ARTWORK © CAMERON GRAY To read this article in full, you must Buy Digital Subscription, or log in if you are a subscriber.