SHORT BIO… Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, is a leading Buddhist teacher in North America and an advocate of American and Western Buddhism. A lover of music, art and popular culture, Rinpoche is a tech-savvy poet, photographer, and visual artist, as well as a prolific author. He brings the essence of the Buddha’s message to modern audiences with humor and practicality. Rinpoche is founder and president of Nalandabodhi, an international network of Buddhist centers. He is also the founder of Nitartha International, a non-profit educational corporation dedicated to preserving the contemplative literature of East Asia.
Rinpoche is acknowledged as one of the foremost scholars and meditation masters of his generation in the Nyingma and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He is known for his sharp intellect, humor, and easygoing teaching style.
Rinpoche is author of several books, most recently Emotional Rescue: How to Work with Your Emotions to Transform Hurt and Confusion into Energy that Empowers You (Available for pre-order). Other titles include Rebel Buddha: A Guide to a Revolution of Mind, Mind Beyond Death, Wild Awakening: The Heart of Mahamudra and Dzogchen, and Penetrating Wisdom: The Aspiration of Samantabhadra. He is a frequent contributor to Buddhadharma: A Practitioner’s Quarterly and the Shambhala Sun. His writings also appear in issues of Best Buddhist Writing and other anthologies. Rinpoche is active on Twitter and in the blogosphere, where you can find his posts on blogs such as Huffington Post, Elephant Journal, Shambhala Sunspace and others.