Lama of Lamas is an awe-inspiring biography that chronicles the remarkable life of a modern Buddhist master. Born into a respected Tibetan family of religious nobility in 1919, Chogye Trichen Rinpoche’s journey unfolds as he assumes the role of abbot of Nalendra Monastery at a young age. Faced with the challenges of exile, Rinpoche becomes a revered guru to many of the greatest Tibetan Buddhist masters in India and Nepal.
Khyabje Chogye Trichen Rinpoche was not only a highly esteemed teacher for me, but also for countless devoted disciples around the world. His influence extended far beyond the Sakyapa tradition, as he was recognized by the foremost masters of our time, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who sought his empowerments and teachings. Rinpoche holds a significant place among my root gurus, having transmitted the entire Collection of Tantras through empowerments, teachings, and transmissions. Even after his passing in 2007, he continues to be revered and revered.
Rinpoche embodied the pure Vinaya, exemplifying a true bodhisattva and a great master of Vajrayana. His years of retreat and dedication allowed him to cultivate these qualities to a profound level of realization. In his efforts to preserve the Dharma and provide opportunities for others to practice, Rinpoche established numerous monasteries and retreat centers.
With meticulous attention to detail, David Jackson has crafted a superbly written and beautifully illustrated account of Khyabje Chogye Trichen Rinpoche’s life. This biography serves to preserve the remarkable events of his holy existence for future generations, while inspiring and enlightening all who delve into its pages. May all who engage with this book be blessed by the incomparable master’s profound wisdom and compassion.