A NEW CENTURY… Rinpoche continues to teach extensively in the west and in asia, as well as to administer Nalandabodhi and Nitartha International. He is a briiliant administrator. He jokes with his students that he is “the 7th CEO” (instead of the 7th reincarnation of the Ponlop Rinpoches). He believes that teachers have the role of not only teaching, but also creating a container to hold the teachings — the teaching organization. In this way, Rinpoche is both the spiritual leader of Nalandabodhi and its CEO.
In 2005, as an expression of his commitment to the development of Western Buddhism, and at the encouragement of his main teacher, Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche (as well as an expression of his administrative role) Rinpoche appointed five of his Western students to be senior teachers within his lineage for the Nalandabodhi sangha. He gave them the title Mitra (“spiritual friend”) and authorized them to impart a broad range of teachings and carry significant spiritual responsibilities in relation to the students of Nalandabodhi.
Statesman and Diplomat
In 2007, Rinpoche was appointed by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, as the United States representative of the Karmapa’s Office of Administration. Thereafter, Rinpoche led the formation of the nonprofit Karmapa Foundation and currently serves as the Foundation’s president.
In 2008, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa visited the United States for the first time, following the example of his predecessor, the 16th Karmapa. Rinpoche was the principal organizer of this extraordinary first visit, bringing together variously affiliated Buddhist Centers throughout the U.S. to plan and implement all arrangements. It is estimated that 20,000 people attended the events held coast to coast. Rinpoche worked closely with the governments involved, receiving their full support. His Holiness was welcomed as a state guest by the United States government, which provided full Diplomatic Security Service.
Reaching Out In Writing
Rinpoche is author of several books, most recently, Rebel Buddha: On the Road to Freedom. Other titles include 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 published and served as spiritual director of the highly respected Buddhist journal, Bodhi – The Voice of Vajrayana Buddhism, during the twelve years of its publication. Rinpoche is on Twitter and in the blogosphere, where you can find his posts on blogs such as Huffington Post, Intent.com, Elephant Journal, Shambhala Sunspace and others.