An Interview with Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche


Interviewer: Carolyn Rose Gimian

Videographer: Mark Elliott

This interview was recorded at Pema Osel in Vershire, Vermont on August 9, 2010, during Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche’s tour of North America. Thank you to Vivian Kurz, Julia Sanderson, and Sasha Dorje Meyerowitz for facilitating this interview, and to Mike Smith for post production editing.

Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche is the grandson and spiritual heir of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. He was born in 1967 and raised by his renowed grandfather. Since Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s passing in 1991, Rabjam Rinpoche’s primary responsibilty has been to carry on the teachings and transmission of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and to fulfill his aspirations. One important aspect of this role has been to oversee the education and upbringing of Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche. For further information about Rabjam Rinpoche, visit

Next Tuesday, September 28, is the nineteenth anniversary of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s parinirvana. To commemorate this day, the Chronicles will post an interview with Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche, which was also conducted at Pema Osel, in Vermont on August 9, 2010.

Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche was born in 1966, as the grandson of Kyabjé Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. A dream that Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche had one night while staying near the Bodhnath stupa indicated that his grandson was be the combined emanation of the three main lamas from Shechen Monastery who had all perished in Chinese prisons in the early sixties—the previous Shechen Rabjam, Shechen Kongtrul and Shechen Gyaltsap, Gyurme Pema Dorje. This was later confirmed by the Sixteenth Karmapa. Since his grandfather’s passing in 1991, Rabjam Rinpoche has taken the responsibility of transmitting Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s teachings, and is bringing his vision for the preservation of Tibetan Buddhist teaching and culture to fruition.