Interview with Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

This six-part interview with Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche took place in Ward, Colorado in October 2010.


The following six-part interview took place in Ward, Colorado in October 2010. The interviewer was Peter Volz, and the videographer was Sasha Meyerowitz.

Part One: Rinpoche, welcome to the Chronicles, and thank you very much for taking the time to talk with us today. First, I’d like to ask you about the visit of Yangsi Rinpoche last August. How was his visit and what was its significance?—

Part Two: How was the visit for the Yangsi Rinpoche himself? What were his impressions of Western people and culture?

Part Three: Rinpoche, the prominent students of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche have worked together since his parinirvana to preserve his legacy, and in particular to find and educate his incarnation, the Khyentse Yangsi. What is the significance of this effort and commitment on the part of your generation of students and teachers?

Part Four: Rinpoche, can you talk about the role that devotion and commitment play in the continuity of lineage?

Part Five: Rinpoche, we have seen how important the tulku tradition has been for the continuity of dharma in Tibet. Is this tradition viable or meaningful in the modern world outside of Tibet, and particularly in the West?

Part Six: Rinpoche, how should Trungpa Rinpoche’s students work, as individuals and as a group, to fulfill their teacher’s aspirations and his vision?—