Lama Tharchin Rinpoche was a tenth generation descendent of Palchen Namkha Jigme (1757-1821) of Repkong, Tibet who founded a large non-monastic community of Shitro and Vajrakilaya practitioners that continues to the present day. Lama Tharchin Rinpoche was born in Kongpo, southern Tibet, and was educated at Lamaling by His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche. In addition to His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, Lama Tharchin Rinpoche’s main teachers were his uncle, Lama Sherab Dorje, Chadral Rinpoche, and Dudjom Rinpoche’s son, Thinley Norbu Rinpoche. He left his homeland in 1960 and went to live in His Holiness’ community in Orissa, India. After living briefly in Nepal and Taiwan, he came to the USA in 1984 to improve his health. He soon established the Vajrayana Foundation and Pema Osel Ling, a retreat center in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California.
Lama Tharchin Rinpohe entered parinirvana on July 22, 2013.
A Tribute to Lama Tharchin Rinpoche by Yvon Chausseblanche
Photography by Yvon Chausseblanche
Music by Merrill Collins and Michael Fitzpatrick: “Fullness of Sorrow”