In Tibetan Buddhism there is a widespread tradition of recognizing the reincarnations of highly realized teachers, as their dedication to others compels them to be reborn in human society. Such reincarnations are called 'tulkus', which means someone whose rebirth is motivated by compassion. These tulkus will usually carry on the responsibilities of their previous life or lives, and work to uphold the theoretical and experiential heritage. Such tulkus are the Khyentses.
Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche was born in Bhutan in 1961, and was recognized as the main incarnation of the Khyentse lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He has studied with some of the greatest contemporary masters, particularly H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and H.H. Sakya Trizin, and his two grandfathers H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche and Lopön Sonam Zangpo.
From a young age he has been active for the preservation of the Buddhist teaching, establishing centers of learning, supporting practitioners, publishing books and teaching all over the world. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche supervises his traditional seat of Dzongsar Monastery and its retreat centers in Eastern Tibet, as well as his new colleges in India and Bhutan. He also has established centers in Australia, Europe, North America and the Far East. These are gathered under Siddharthas Intent.
was recognized as the main incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, and continued his work, teaching and writing extensively, becoming the teacher of most of the great Sakya, Kagyü and Nyingma lamas. His consort, Khandro Tsering Chodrön, Khyentse Sangyum passed away 30. May 2011.
The present main incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö is Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.
was widely renowned as a master of all the Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Studying in his younger years with over 150 teachers, he entered a lifelong retreat to practice all the teachings he had received. Regarded as someone who embodied the highest realization, from his retreat he would guide his students, as well as write extensively, seeking to preserve all the spiritual lineages of Tibet, an approach known as the "Rimé" or unbiased movement.