It is with a sad and tender heart we share the passing of Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s older brother, Chokling Rinpoche, on December 18, 2020. All of his brothers and family were gathered around him at the time of his passing. If possible, please keep Chokling Rinpoche in your hearts and practice during this time that he is in Tukdam and also pray for the safety and long life of his family who are there with him saying prayers.
Chokling Rinpoche was born in 1953 as the second son of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche in Eastern Tibet. He was recognized by His Holiness the 16th Karmapa as the fourth reincarnation of the great Tertön (treasure reveler) of the 19th century Chogyur Dechen Lingpa.
He studied at Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim and received the transmissions of the entire Nyingma lineage from Dudjom Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
He lived near the Ka-Nying-Shedrup-Ling monastery in Kathmandu. In the monastery he was the vajra master and in this function he lead the Vajrayana rituals for the living and the dead.
He was a Tertön and lived as a lay practitioner with his wife and four children. His eldest son, Phakchok Rinpoche, is an important tulku of the Taglung Kagyu lineage, while his youngest son, Yangsi Rinpoche, is the rebirth of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
Chokling Rinpoche led many teachings. He was valued for his clear and direct style; With his calm and lovingly serious charisma, he conveyed the noble qualities and precious teachings of the Dharma without detours.