Chime Rinpoche

Lama Chime Tulku Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist , Tulku and Dharma teacher. Chime Rinpoche was born in 1941 in Kham, Tibet . In 1959, due to the occupation of Tibet , he was forced to flee to India via Bhutan into exile. Gaining British Citizenship in 1965. He is widely spread throughout Europe and established Marpa House, the first Tibetan Buddhist Center in England . His students include American author and Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön and musicians Mary Hopkin , David Bowie and Tony Visconti .


Here’s Chime Rinpoche, information about my birthplace in Amdo is wrong. I was born in Jyekundo, Kham, East Tibet You can see correct information at the Marpa House website:

Early Life in Tibet

Chime Rinpoche was born in Jyekundo, Kham, East Tibet, Tibet , in a family that were direct descendants of the chieftain Rardha Pontsong , who was inspired to give his land to the 4th Sangye Nyenpa so that Benchen Monastery could be built Century). [1] [2] He Was not the only Tulku in His Family, as Both Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and the 9th Sangye Rinpoche Nyenpa Were His maternal uncles. [3] He Was educated at Benchen Monastery , [4] Where he Gained the Khenpo (Master of Studies) degree, Kyorpon (Shrine Ritual Master) degree and Dorje Lobpon (Vajra Master) degree. Chime Rinpoche studied and combined the practices of Mahamudra and Dzogchen (Atiyoga) through receiving instructions in Mahamudra from Kabje Sangye Nyenpa and Dzogchen from Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche. [5]

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche – Chime Rinpoche’s Uncle

Escape From Tibet

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Due to the invasion of Tibet and subsequent occupation by the Chinese army, the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa indicated that Chime Rinpoche should flee Tibet. [6] In 1959, Chime Rinpoche reached India via Bhutan alongside his Root Gurus and maternal uncles, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and 9th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche . [7]

Life in Britain

In 1965, Lama Chime was invited to live in the UK. He shared a small apartment with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Akong Rinpoche in Oxford. [8] [9] He later gained British citizenship and has lived in Britain ever since. [7] As Akong Rinpoche was the first one to find paid employment, Chong Rinpoche and Trungpa Rinpoche. [10]

Marpa House

In 1973, Chime Rinpoche founded Kham House in Ashdon , Essex , UK the first Tibetan Buddhist Center in England. [11] [12] The building was purchased with the help of sponsors. Previously an orphanage for homeless children called All Saints’ Home, it was built by the rector of Ashdon Henry Barclay Swete . [13] [14] In 1975, just two years after Kham House was established, the 16th Karmapa visited this center after visiting the Kagyu Samyé Ling Monastery and Tibetan Center earlier in the year. [15] Kham House was later renamed Marpa House and is run by the charity The Dharma Trust.

Status as a Tulku

During his 1975 visit, the 16th Karmapa identified Chime Rinpoche as Radha Tulku, the incarnation of Radha Phuntsok , one of the four Tulkus (incarnate Lamas) of Benchen Monastery . [15] [17]

The Four Benchen Tulkus are

  • Chime Tulku (born 1991, not to be confused with the subject of this article)
  • Radha Tulku (Chime Rinpoche, the subject of this article)
  • Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche
  • Tenga Rinpoche

In 2011, Chime Rinpoche traveled from London for a surprise reunion with two of the other Benchen Tulkus, Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche and Tenga Rinpoche, to the 2011 Summer Camp at Benchen Phuntsok Ling, Benchen’s European headquarters. [18]

Personal life

In England, Chime Rinpoche thing to stop being a monk and married. [15] [19] He and his wife had three daughters, all of whom are now adults. [20]

In Britain, Chime Rinpoche is the President of the Tibetan Terrier Association, a club that is dedicated to preserve and promote the Tibetan Terrier breed of dog. The club was established in 1967. [21]

Rinpoche still teaches occasionally at Marpa House. Summer school retreat in Baerenthal in northeastern France . [22]

In a video Message à son students on the passing of Tenga Rinpoche, Chime Rinpoche Stated That he is prepaid for His Own visit to the ‘ Pure Lands ‘ by praying and meditating more goal assured His students That it is’ a very nice place, very nice ‘. [23]

Work at the British Library

Rinpoche was employed by the British Library as Curator for Ancient Tibetan Manuscripts for 16 years. [12]

Notable students

Pema Chödrön
  • Pema Chödrön – Before becoming a novice nun, Pema Chödrön studied Dharma in London with Chime Rinpoche for several years. After taking her novice vows in 1974, Chime Rinpoche advised Chödrön to seek training with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who later became Chödrön’s root guru. [24] [25] [26]
David Bowie
  • David Bowie – Chime Rinpoche aussi tutored David Bowie for a number of months at Tibet House in London. During an interview in 2001, Bowie reported the time of his first meeting with Chime Rinpoche,

“One day, I walked into the office and it was empty,” Bowie said, calling from his New York office.

“I went down the stairs and saw a man in saffron dresses. He said, in very broken English, ‘You are looking for me.’ I have a 16-year-old, I took it as a statement: ‘You are looking for me.’ ”

The man in the saffron dresses, Chime Yong Dong Rinpoche, became Jones’ guru for several months.

“After a few months of study, he told me, ‘You do not want to be buddhist […] You should follow music.” [27]

Later, on his first album David Bowie , Bowie wrote and recorded the song ” Silly Boy Blue ” about a young Tibetan Monk who broke the rules as a tribute to his teacher.
  • Tony Visconti – Tony Visconti , another student of Chime Rinpoche. [28] Later, whilst recording Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) , Visconti invited Chime Rinpoche to speak with Bowie about his idea to stage a rock concert at the Potala Palace in Lhasa , Tibet; However, nothing materialised. [29]
  • Mary Hopkin – In 2010, the singer Mary Hopkin , with her own Morgan Visconti , dedicated a song entitled “Chime” on their 2010 album, You Look Familiar , to Chime Rinpoche. [30]


  • Chime Radha Rinpoche (1981) ‘Tibet’, in M. Loewe and C. Blacker (eds) Divination and Oracles, London: George Allen & Unwin, pp. 3-37.

External links

  • Marpa House
  • DVD: Lama Chime Rinpoche Old Lady’s Finger and Other Mahamudra Teachings (Wisdom Books)
  • David Bowie, Carnegie Hall, Chime Rinpoche then sings Silly Boy Blue (YouTube)


  1. Jump up^ History of Sangye Nyenpa:Sangye Nyenpa – History of Sangye Nyenpa
  2. Jump up^ – Wikipedia
  3. Jump up^ Chime Rinpoche’s – ‘A Spiritual Journey in a Turbulent Life’onYouTube
  4. Jump up^ “FAQ” . . 2012 . Retrieved 6 September2012 .
  5. Jump up^ “Buddhist Summer School 2012 Registration Form” (PDF) . 2012 . Retrieved 10 October 2012 .
  6. Jump up^ Kagyu Lineage:Karma Triyana Dharmachakra – Kagyu Lineage
  7. ^ Jump up to:a b “Biographien, Kagyu Benchen Ling” . Retrieved 6 September 2012 .
  8. Jump up^ “Kagyu Samye Ling – Race Leader Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche and Gelong Thubten” . . 2012 . Retrieved 6 September 2012 . Chime
  9. Jump up^ Akong Tulku Rinpoche: biography.
  10. Jump up^ Dr. Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche:AboutUs – Dr. Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
  11. Jump up^ “Karma Triyana Dharmachakra – Kagyu Lineage” . 2012 . Retrieved 6 September 2012 .
  12. ^ Jump up to:a b “Marpa House” . . 2012. Archived from the original on 10 March 2012 . Retrieved 6 September 2012 .
  13. Jump up^ “History” . . 2012. Archived from the original on April 17, 2009 . Retrieved 6 September 2012 . Henry Swete
  14. Jump up^,%20Development%20and%20Adaptation.pdf
  15. ^ Jump up to:a b c Google Books: The Buddhist Handbook: A Complete Guide to Buddhist Teaching and Practice – John Snelling – Google Books
  16. Jump up^ overview
  17. Jump up^ “Benchen Monastery’s European website – Short Profile of Radha Chime Rinpoche (archived at FreezePage 10/10/2012)”. . 2012. Archived from the original on 10 October 2012 . Retrieved 10 October 2012 .
  18. Jump up^ Review Summer 2011Benchen Phuntsok Ling (archived at FreezePage 10/10/2012)
  19. Jump up^ Chime Rinpoche
  20. Jump up^ Thegchen Chö Ling Bremen
  21. Jump up^ Officers & Committee
  22. Jump up^ events (summer school in Alsace):Kagyu Ling Benchen – events (summer school in Alsace)
  23. Jump up^ Message on the passing of Tenga Rinpoche from Lama Chime Rinpoche onYouTube
  24. Jump up^ Fabrice Midal (2005). Recalling Chögyam Trungpa . Shambhala Publications. p. 476. ISBN  1-59030-207-9 .
  25. Jump up^ Becoming Pema:Shambhala Sun – Becoming Pema
  26. Jump up^ Chödrön
  27. Jump up^ Memories / Without Tibet House, David Bowie Ziggy with it. Now the pop star returns the favor by performing at the annual concert benefit.
  28. Jump up^ “tony visconti v3.0” . . 2012 . Retrieved 6 September 2012 .
  29. Jump up^ Strange Fascination: David Bowie: The Definitive Story, 2005, p.47 (Virgin)
  30. Jump up^ Look Familiar: Mary Hopkin and Morgan Visconti: MP3 Downloads

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