Kalimpong, in the north-eastern part of India close to the border to Sikkim, was the home of Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche after he had fled from Tibet. Here Sogyal Rinpoche received instructions by him when he was in his early twenties. On my way to Sikkim, during the Losar break of the Shedra, I stopped by in this interesting town to travel back a bit in time in the life of my master.
The house of Dudjom Rinpoche, nowadays it is a retreat-place. I was only given access to it after I said I was a disciple of Sogyal Rinpoche and because of that I was on my own. I was also shown the actual room where Dudjom Rinpoche would grant teachings. Unfortunately I was not allowed to take any pictures in there.
The Zangdok Palri-Temple of Dudjom Rinpoche.
The main Guru Rinpoche statue inside the monastery.
I was born in Hamburg/Germany in 1977. Between 1980-1984 I lived in Rio de Janeiro/Brasil. Afterwards I lived again in Hamburg, going to school and studying Tibetology and Indology at Hamburg University under the guidance of Prof. David Jackson. I met my teacher Sogyal Rinpoche in 2000 and have been following his teachings since then. In 2006 I began to study at a traditional Buddhist Scriptual College (Shedra) in Nepal as well as partially participating in a 3 Year Retreat in Lerab Ling, conducted by Sogyal Rinpoche. I aspire to become a translator for Tibetan Buddhism.