Beru Khyentse Rinpoche
His Eminence 2nd Beru Khyentse Rinpoche (1947, Tibet) is an important lineage holder of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. Rinpoche is a very prominent contemporary Kalachakra Tantra master. He is also a father of the 4th Jamgon Kongtrul Yangsi.
The Beru Khyentse Lineage
The 1st Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820–1892) was one of the most important illuminators of Buddhism in Tibet. With his unsurpassable learning and realisation gained through study, practice and visions Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo was not confined to sect or school and propagated the Dharma impartially to all.
Several reincarnations or emanations of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, including those of body, speech, mind, qualities and activity, were recognized in Tibet. Thus the speech emanation became the 1st Beru Khyentse (1896–1945) Karma Jamyang Khyentse Özer, son of the King of Beru Gönpo Düdul in Kham (eastern Tibet). He was later enthroned at Palpung Monastery, which would become the seat for all his activities. 1st Beru Khyentse had many non-sectarian disciples from Sakya, Gelug, Kagyu and Nyingma traditions. Just to name a few eminent ones from the Kagyu school were the 15th Karmapa (he was both his Guru as well as his disciple), 16th Karmapa, Nenang Pawo Rinpoche, Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche, Khandro Orgyen Tsomo (consort of the 15th Karmapa).
The 2nd Beru Khyentse was born in central Tibet in 1947 and, as a young monk, was recognized as tulku and enthroned by the 16th Karmapa in 1955. At the age of thirteen he led his monks and lay devotees from his monastery in Nangchen, out of Tibet, and established a community including monastery and retreat centre for them in Mainpat, India.
Rinpoche completed extensive studies in Buddhist philosophy and training in Vajrayana rituals, receiving instruction from many Lamas including Dzongsar Khenpo Chimey Rinpoche, Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche, the 16th Karmapa, Khunu Rinpoche, His Holiness Sakya Trizin and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. After completing the traditional four-year retreat in the Karma Kagyu tradition, Rinpoche established monasteries in Bodh Gaya (Karma Dhargye Chokhorling Monastery) and Kathmandu and the Nangchen monastery, nunnery, institute and three-year retreat centre in Tibet.
Rinpoche rebuilt the Sakya monastery, Nyenthang Tashigang, near his birthplace in Tibet and founded the Tharjay Charitable Foundation to sponsor bridges, schools, clinics and medical treatment for the nomads of eastern Tibet.
The past three decades Beru Khyentse Rinpoche has been teaching and travelling tirelessly to many countries around the world, presenting the Dharma in the spirit of non-sectarianism and in a manner suitable for all students from beginners to the most advanced practitioners. These countries includes: Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Philippines, Taiwan, China, Bhutan, India, Nepal and many countries in Europe, North America and South America. More than twenty thousand people become Buddhist practitioners and over a hundred and fifty thousand people received blessings, Dharma teachings and empowerments from Beru Khyentse Rinpoche.