Apho Rinpoche

Apho Yeshe Rangdrol Rinpoche

Lama Apo Rinpoche
Lama Apo Rinpoche

Apho Yeshe Rangdrol Rinpoche or Apho Yeshe Rangdrol (།ཨ་ཕོ་ཡེ་ཤེས་རང་གྲོལ།། a pho ye shes rang grol; 1922-1974) was the grandson of the great Drukpa Kagyu yogi Shakya Shri. His seat in Tibet was called Kyiphug, a retreat center. After his escape from Tibet he lived in the Himalayan border areas of Ladakh, Lahoul, Spiti and Pange, where he started a number of 3-year retreat centers, and eventually settled in Manali in 1971, where he built a home. He passed away at the age of 54 in 1974, leaving his wife and 4 young children behind. Of his three sons, all reincarnations, his eldest son Sey Rinpoche Gelek Namgyal Rinpoche continues the Shakya Shri tradition at their seat in Manali.

Sey Rinpoche from Shakya Shri's tradition
Sey Rinpoche from Shakya Shri’s tradition

Primary Teachers

Tripon Pema Chogyal
Tripon Pema Chogyal

Tripon Pema Chogyal

Primary Students

Lama Yogi Gegen Khyentse
Lama Dawa Gyaltsen
Lama Peljor Larje
Lama Imi Tubten

Sengdrak Rinpoche

Family

Sey Rinpoche
Khandro Trinlay Chodon

Khandro about Apho Rinpoche (1922-1974)

Khandro la Trinlay Chodon Rinpoche
Khandro la Trinlay Chodon Rinpoche

My beloved father was a humorous and compassionate master who touched the hearts and minds of many people in Tibet, and the Himalayan regions and early western students. To this day, all his students remember him with much appreciation. In 1959 he led our family on a most difficult journey out of Tibet.

Apho Rinpoche was a poet, scholar, healer and great meditator. He kept alive the practice of the Six Yogas of Naropa, especially in the Himalayan regions. One of his major contributions was to establish the renowned hermitages in Ladakh and Lahoul, including Gotsang and Khespang. He also collected ancient carved wooden blocks of the songs and biographies of Milarepa, Gompopa and Rechungpa.

His heart students were Sengdrak Rinpoche, Gegen Khyentse, Imi-la and the renowned yogis of Ladakh and Lahoul. He died when I was only 7 years old and I remember him as a loving father who, in the midst of a very busy life, made sure to spend as much quality time with us as possible (Khandro Trinlay Chodon Rinpoche).

Sey Rinpoche about Apho Rinpoche

Apho Rinpoche
Apho Rinpoche

HE Sey Rinpoche’s father, Apho Rinpoche Yeshe Rangdrol, was a grandson of Drubwang Shakya Shri born and grown up in Tibet. He became a widely respected yogi. He was a humorous and compassionate enlightened Master who touched the hearts and minds of many people in Tibet, and in the Himalayan regions and of most of the early Western students of Tibetan Buddhism. To this day, all his students remember him with much appreciation.

Apho Rinpoche was brought up as a monk in the Drukpa lineage. His root Guru was Tripon Nawang Pema Choegyal (1876-1958), the main heart student of Shakya Shri and a great tantric practionner. Tripon literally means “throne-holder”, a title he inherited due to his realization of Shakya Shri’s Wisdom Mind. Tripon Pema Choegyal had numerous eminent disciples, including the Eleventh Gyalwang Drukpa and the grandsons of his own root guru Drubwang Shakya Shri, such as Drukpa Thuksey Rinpoche and Apho Rinpoche. One day, Tripon Pema Choegyal told his beloved disciple Apho Rinpoche that he should get married. At first, Apho Rinpoche resisted, saying that he did not have a spiritual realization high enough to get a consort, but as a genuine practitioner, he could not but follow his Guru’s instruction. He took Sangyum Urgyen Chodon, a devoted woman, as his consort. It later appeared that the Guru himself, Tripon Padma Choegyal, choose to take rebirth as the fruit of this spiritual union, and the baby received, among others, the name of “the Very Precious Son”, that is Sey Rinpoche.

In 1959, Apho Rinpoche led his family on a most difficult journey out of Tibet. He later was responsible for strongly reviving the Drukpa tradition in North Indian Himalayan regions such as Sikkim, Lahoul, Ladakh, Manali, Zanskar and Pangi, where he established several retreat centers. There he kept alive the practice of the Six Yogas of Naropa. One of his major contributions was reviving the renowned hermitages of Ladakh and Lahoul, including Gotsang and Khespang. In the late 60’s, he finally settled in Manali (Himachal Pradesh) where he built a monastery and planned the establishment of a yogic training and retreat center.

Apho Rinpoche also collected ancient carved wooden blocks of the songs and biographies of Milarepa, Gompopa and Rechungpa. In addition, he was a poet, scholar, healer and great meditator. He was also one of the first Dharma teachers to teach Western students in the 60’s and early 70’s, before he departed from this world in 1974. His heart students were Sengdrak Rinpoche, Gegen Khyentse as well as the renowned yogis of Ladakh and Lahoul.

Particular revered photo of the great Master kept upon his throne in the upper shrine room of his monastery near Manali HP India where we had the great privilege to practice for three days. Thanks You Sey Rinpoche.

Apho Rinpoche was the grandson of the great Drukpa Kagyu yogi Shakya Shri. His seat in Tibet was called Kyiphug, a retreat center. After his escape from Tibet he lived in the Himalayan border areas of Ladakh, Lahoul, Spiti and Pange, where he started a number of 3-year retreat centers, and eventually settled in Manali in 1971, where he built a home. He passed away at the age of 54 in 1974, leaving his wife and 4 young children behind. Of his three sons, all reincarnations, his eldest son Sey Rinpoche Gelek Namgyal Rinpoche continues the Shakya Shri tradition at their seat in Manali. He became a widely respected yogi. He was a humorous and compassionate enlightened Master who touched the hearts and minds of many people in Tibet, and in the Himalayan regions and of most of the early Western students of Tibetan Buddhism. To this day, all his students remember him with much appreciation.

Apho Rinpoche was brought up as a monk in the Drukpa lineage. His root Guru was Tripon Nawang Pema Choegyal (1876-1958), the main heart student of Shakya Shri and a great tantric practionner. Tripon literally means “throne-holder”, a title he inherited due to his realization of Shakya Shri’s Wisdom Mind. Tripon Pema Choegyal had numerous eminent disciples, including the Eleventh Gyalwang Drukpa and the grandsons of his own root guru Drubwang Shakya Shri, such as Drukpa Thuksey Rinpoche and Apho Rinpoche. One day, Tripon Pema Choegyal told his beloved disciple Apho Rinpoche that he should get married. At first, Apho Rinpoche resisted, saying that he did not have a spiritual realization high enough to get a consort, but as a genuine practitioner, he could not but follow his Guru’s instruction. He took Sangyum Urgyen Chodon, a devoted woman, as his consort. It later appeared that the Guru himself, Tripon Padma Choegyal, choose to take rebirth as the fruit of this spiritual union, and the baby received, among others, the name of “the Very Precious Son”, that is Sey Rinpoche. In 1959, Apho Rinpoche led his family on a most difficult journey out of Tibet. He later was responsible for strongly reviving the Drukpa tradition in North Indian Himalayan regions such as Sikkim, Lahoul, Ladakh, Manali, Zanskar and Pangi, where he established several retreat centers. There he kept alive the practice of the Six Yogas of Naropa. One of his major contributions was reviving the renowned hermitages of Ladakh and Lahoul, including Gotsang and Khespang. In the late 60’s, he finally settled in Manali (Himachal Pradesh) where he built a monastery and planned the establishment of a yogic training and retreat center. Apho Rinpoche also collected ancient carved wooden blocks of the songs and biographies of Milarepa, Gompopa and Rechungpa. In addition, he was a poet, scholar, healer and great meditator. He was also one of the first Dharma teachers to teach Western students in the 60’s and early 70’s, before he departed from this world in 1974. His heart students were Sengdrak Rinpoche, Gegen Khyentse as well as the renowned yogis of Ladakh and Lahoul.
In the film by Arnaud Desjardin the comment in the film says that this master is Apho Rinpoche Yeshe Randrol (a pho rin poche ye she rang grol; 1922-1974), which is not correct. It is Drugpa Kagyud Togden Chöleg Rinpoche (rtogs ldan chos legs rin po che; 1892-1979), who was the main meditation teacher in Tashi Jong until he passed away during the late seventies.

Particularly treasured photo kept in Apho Rinpoche’s sApho Rinpoche was the grandson of the great Drukpa Kagyu yogi Shakya Shri. His seat in Tibet was called Kyiphug, a retreat center. After his escape from Tibet he lived in the Himalayan border areas of Ladakh, Lahoul, Spiti and Pange, where he started a number of 3-year retreat centers, and eventually settled in Manali in 1971, where he built a home. He passed away at the age of 54 in 1974, leaving his wife and 4 young children behind. Of his three sons, all reincarnations, his eldest son Sey Rinpoche Gelek Namgyal Rinpoche continues the Shakya Shri tradition at their seat in Manali. He became a widely respected yogi. He was a humorous and compassionate enlightened Master who touched the hearts and minds of many people in Tibet, and in the Himalayan regions and of most of the early Western students of Tibetan Buddhism. To this day, all his students remember him with much appreciation.

Apho Rinpoche was brought up as a monk in the Drukpa lineage. His root Guru was Tripon Nawang Pema Choegyal (1876-1958), the main heart student of Shakya Shri and a great tantric practionner. Tripon literally means “throne-holder”, a title he inherited due to his realization of Shakya Shri’s Wisdom Mind. Tripon Pema Choegyal had numerous eminent disciples, including the Eleventh Gyalwang Drukpa and the grandsons of his own root guru Drubwang Shakya Shri, such as Drukpa Thuksey Rinpoche and Apho Rinpoche. One day, Tripon Pema Choegyal told his beloved disciple Apho Rinpoche that he should get married. At first, Apho Rinpoche resisted, saying that he did not have a spiritual realization high enough to get a consort, but as a genuine practitioner, he could not but follow his Guru’s instruction. He took Sangyum Urgyen Chodon, a devoted woman, as his consort. It later appeared that the Guru himself, Tripon Padma Choegyal, choose to take rebirth as the fruit of this spiritual union, and the baby received, among others, the name of “the Very Precious Son”, that is Sey Rinpoche. In 1959, Apho Rinpoche led his family on a most difficult journey out of Tibet. He later was responsible for strongly reviving the Drukpa tradition in North Indian Himalayan regions such as Sikkim, Lahoul, Ladakh, Manali, Zanskar and Pangi, where he established several retreat centers. There he kept alive the practice of the Six Yogas of Naropa. One of his major contributions was reviving the renowned hermitages of Ladakh and Lahoul, including Gotsang and Khespang. In the late 60’s, he finally settled in Manali (Himachal Pradesh) where he built a monastery and planned the establishment of a yogic training and retreat center. Apho Rinpoche also collected ancient carved wooden blocks of the songs and biographies of Milarepa, Gompopa and Rechungpa. In addition, he was a poet, scholar, healer and great meditator. He was also one of the first Dharma teachers to teach Western students in the 60’s and early 70’s, before he departed from this world in 1974. His heart students were Sengdrak Rinpoche, Gegen Khyentse as well as the renowned yogis of Ladakh and Lahoul.
In the film by Arnaud Desjardin the comment in the film says that this master is Apho Rinpoche Yeshe Randrol (a pho rin poche ye she rang grol; 1922-1974), which is not correct. It is Drugpa Kagyud Togden Chöleg Rinpoche (rtogs ldan chos legs rin po che; 1892-1979), who was the main meditation teacher in Tashi Jong until he passed away during the late seventies.

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