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Practice of Generosity, one of the Six Paramitras

Feb 21, 2013 at 6:30 PM

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A public talk by Arjia Rinpoche

We are delighted to announce that Ven. Arjia Rinpoche will be giving a talk on "Sbyin-pa" (the practice of generosity) at the invitation of Tibet Foundation, UK.

Rinpoche is currently a Visiting Professor for the Trinity term at the University of Oxford at the invitation of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies.

In light of the fact that Britain is among the most generous and charitable countries in the world despite the harsh and challenging economic times, and in particular, in recognition of the continued generosity of our members who support our various charity projects for needy Tibetans in the areas of health, education, development and the revival of Buddhism in Mongolia, Rinpoche will speak on the theme of generosity or sbyin pa, one of the six paramitras.

Rinpoche’s life and work is unique as can be gleaned through the following short biographical sketch in the Wikipedia and for those interested further details:


8th Arjia Hotogtu (Lobsang Thubten Jig me Gatos) (born 1950) is one of the most prominent Buddhist teachers and lamas to have left Tibet. At age two, Aria Rinpoche was recognized by the 10th Panchen Lama as the 20th Aria Tenpai Gyaltsen, the reincarnation of Lama Tsong Khapa's father, Lumbum Gya, the throne holder and abbot of Kombi Monastery. He has trained with lineage teachers, such as the 14th Dalai Lama, the 10th Panchen Lama, and Galyak Rinpoche—from whom he received many sacred teachings and ritual instructions.

During the Cultural Revolution in Chinese controlled Tibet, Aria Rinpoche was forced to leave his monastery and attend a Chinese school, yet secretly continued to practice and study with his tutors. In addition, he was required to work in a forced Labour Camp for 16 years. Following the Cultural Revolution, Rinpoche continued serving as Abbot of Kombi—overseeing the renovations in the monastery and re-establishing monastic studies. In 1998, due to the strained political climate in Tibet, Arjia Rinpoche went into exile because he would not compromise his spiritual beliefs and practices. He escaped to the United States where he now lives and started a Buddhist Center for Compassion and Wisdom (TCCW) in Mill Valley, California, a center committed to the preservation of Buddhist teachings, art and culture within and outside of Tibet and Mongolia. In 2005, he was appointed Director of the Tibetan Cultural Center (TCC) in Bloomington, Indiana by the 14th Dalai Lama. TCC was recently renamed the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center. Presently, he directs both TCCW and TMBCC.

Arjia Rinpoche is the only Tibetan high lama of Mongolian descent. He excels in the knowledge and understanding of Tibetan art, architecture and the Tibetan Language. He has given classes in Buddhist Art and Sutra throughout the United States, Canada, Taiwan, India and Guatemala. In 1999, Rinpoche built a three dimensional Kalachakra Mandala and presented it to the Dalai Lama. Later, the Dalai Lama donated this mandala to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

Kumbum Monastery, one of the six largest monasteries of the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism, is the birthplace of Lama Tsong Khapa (founder of the school which is now headed by the Dalai Lama). Kumbum Monastery was once the home of 3,600 monks and well revered by the four well known Buddhist Colleges for higher learning: The Institute of Sutra, Institute of Tantra, Institute of Tibetan Medicine, and the Institute of the Kalachakra (Astrology). In the 1980s, after Buddhism began to revive in Tibet and in China, Arjia Rinpoche reestablished monastic life and traditional studies at Kumbum.

Throughout his life, Arjia Rinpoche was tutored by specialized teachers in the area of Buddhist philosophy, sutra and tantra teachings, as well as in Buddhist art and architectural design. He was in charge of the renovations of Kumbum monastery in 1991 and launched several projects including the following: Red Cross Organization in Kumbum, Disaster Relief Project for local villages, a clinic for villagers run by monks of the Tibetan Medical Institute and a school for local village children.[1]

Arjia Rinpoche became vegetarian in 1999.



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