Jigme Losel Wangpo

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Jigme Losel Wangpo (Dzogchen Rinpoche)

Jigme Losel Wangpo (Tib. འཇིགས་མེད་བློ་གསལ་དབང་པོ་, Wyl. 'jigs med blo gsal dbang po) (b.1964), the Seventh Dzogchen Rinpoche, is the head of the Dzogchen Monastery lineage, one of six major lineages within the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism.

Jigme Losel Wangpo was born in Sikkim, and was recognized by Kyabjé Dodrupchen Rinpoche as the seventh in the line of Dzogchen Rinpoches, which began with the 17th century master Dzogchen Pema Rigdzin. This was subsequently confirmed by 14th Dalai Lama.

From an early age, he received teachings from many of the greatest Tibetan masters of the last generation, including Kyabjé Dudjom Rinpoche and Kyabjé Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. After his initial studies with his tutor Dzogchen Khenpo Rahor Thubten, he went to Dharamsala, where his education was closely supervised by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and he spent seven years at the Buddhist School of Dialectics before graduating with the degree of Rabjampa.

He is now the head of the Dzogchen Monastery in Kollegal, in southern India, and since 1985 he has travelled widely giving teachings from the Dzogchen lineage. In Jan 2019, he was requested to serve a three-year term as the head of the Nyingma lineage. He declined the position.[1]

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