Biography

Nyarong ValleyLama Chimed Rigdzin was born in the Nyagrong Valley of the Kham region of eastern Tibet and, starting at an early age, underwent traditional training in the Kathok Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. This training started with his uncle, Lama Agne, and later he took monk vows at Shiwa Lhathim Tashi Targye Ling Gonpa in his home area. As a teenager he traveled with Tulku L'hoga Rinpoche to the renowned Kathok College in Tibet where his training included the traditional five major subjects of Philosophy, Arts, Astrology, Medicine and Logic and a traditional 3 year retreat under the direction of his Uncle Khenpo Tsultrim Tharchin with Dzogchen teachings given by Khenpo Ngagchung.

 

After successfully completing this advanced spiritual training, and after extensive oral testing, he was granted the title of Lama from Kathok, the foremost teaching institution of the Nyingma Lineage.

 

Lama Chimed with Lama's HatAfter receiving his Lama Hat at Kathok, Lama Chimed traveled to Serthar/Larung Gar to receive Tsa Lung and Dzogchen training with Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok and do retreat under him. Later, Lama Chimed did pilgrimages to many holy sites in Tibet and during these travels he went to Lama Ling in Kongpo/Pemakote where he was able to receive Tröma teachings from Semo Dechen Yudron, Dechen-La, the daughter of Dudjom Rinpoche, who many consider an emanation of Tröma. There he received the complete Tröma cycle, including the profound teachings, from Dechen-la and her consort, Chonyid Rinpoche, and participated in a retreat they conducted.

 

Lama Chimed then relocated to Mindroling College in India where he spent many years studying and assisting at the college. Here he was able to receive many profound teachings and empowerments and this is elucidated in the reference letter from Minling Lodi Gyari Rinpoche (click to letter). In the last few years of his time at Mindroling, Lama Chimed was able to travel around Taiwan with Minling Trichen Rinpoche to assist with his activities; later on Lama Chimed traveled alone to teach around Southeast Asia.

 

In January of 2002 Lama Chimed accompanied Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche from Nepal to Khadro Ling in Três Coroas, Brazil, to assist in teaching and artwork. After spending 8 months in Brazil, Rinpoche asked Lama Chimed to go to Uruguay to do a six month retreat and it was during this retreat that Chagdud Rinpoche passed into parinirvana. After successfully completing his retreat, Lama Chimed returned to Khadro Ling to assist Chagdud Khadro and in 2005 his English was good enough that she asked him to start teaching and helping other centers in Brazil and Uruguay. He continued to teach, to assist centers and to do artwork for Chagdud Gonpa, Brazil and Hispanoamerica, until December of 2008 when the consecration of the Guru Rinpoche Palace was completed. He then went into a six month retreat in his home at Khadro Ling to fulfill a commitment to his teacher in Tibet, Khenpo Ngagchung. During this retreat Lama Chimed consulted with Khenpo Ngagchung who identified Visconde de Mauá as a place that Lama Chimed's Dharma activity would increase in the future.

Lama Chimed in Montevideo