'bar rdor sprul sku

The Third Bardor Tulku Rinpoche
Bardor Tulku Rinpoche
Born(1949-05-01)May 1, 1949
Kham, East Tibet
DiedApril 1, 2021(2021-04-01) (aged 71)[1]
Bearsville, New York
OccupationBuddhist teacher

The Third Bardor Tulku Rinpoche (Tibetan: འབར་རྡོར་སྤྲུལ་སྐུ།, Wylie: bar-rdor sprul-sku; May 1, 1949 – April 1, 2021) was a Tibetan Buddhist teacher, a holder of the religious lineage of Terchen Barway Dorje. Rinpoche is the founder of a Tibetan Buddhist center, Kunzang Palchen Ling,[2] and the Raktrul Foundation,[3] in Red Hook, New York.


Born in 1949 in Kham, East Tibet, the Third Bardor Tulku Rinpoche is believed, according to Tibetan Buddhist tradition, to be a rebirth of a nineteenth/twentieth century mation master, Terchen Barway Dorje (1836-1920).[4][5][6][7]

After the failed 1959 Tibetan uprising, Rinpoche and his family left Tibet for India. The journey on foot over the Himalayas and later the tropical climate of Assam killed Rinpoche's family. Rinpoche eventually traveled to Darjeeling where the 16th Karmapa (1924-1981) found him and arranged for him to be taken to Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim.[8]

The Third Bardor Tulku Rinpoche is mentioned among the prominent lamas of the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.[9][10][11] He underwent his training as a tulku (reincarnate lama) under the tutelage of the 16th Karmapa at Rumtek Monastery. He remained close to the Karmapa throughout his life, serving as his attendant and traveling with him overseas. At his request, he stayed in the United States to help Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche and Mr. Tenzin Chonyi establish the Karmapa’s Seat in North America, Karma Triyana Dharmachakra.[12][13] Rinpoche started teaching in the West in 1980s. He has taught at KTD and its affiliates,[14] at other Buddhist centers in the United States[15] and abroad,[16] as well lectured at universities and other venues.[17] Some of his teachings have been published as books and DVDs.[18]

In 2000, Bardor Tulku Rinpoche established the Raktrul Foundation[19] and in 2003 a Tibetan Buddhist center, Kunzang Palchen Ling (KPL),[20] in Red Hook, New York. A ceremony of a symbolic breaking of the ground for the new building at KPL was held in 2006.

In the fall of 2008, Bardor Tulku Rinpoche resigned from his responsibilities at KTD and was focusing fully on the activities of KPL. In February 2012, Bardor Tulku Rinpoche’s vision for the new center became reality as KPL received the Certificate of Occupancy for the first floor of its new building.

KPL is a Buddhist center that offers teachings from the rich and diverse Tibetan Buddhist tradition. One of the significant traits of KPL's activity is providing access to and the preservation of the treasure (terma) teachings of Terchen Barway Dorje and the teachings of the Barom Kagyu lineage. In addition to overseeing translations of Terchen Barway Dorje's treasure teachings into English, Bardor Tulku Rinpoche himself composed liturgies and songs (dohas).[21] Rinpoche also guided the activities of Kunzang Chöling centers affiliated with KPL and Palchen Study Groups[22] in the U.S.

Bardor Tulku Rinpoche travelled and taught across the U.S. His teaching schedule can be found on the KPL website.[23]


Teachings on DVD[]

See also[]


  1. ^ Craig Lewis (Apr 9, 2021). "Senior Tibetan Lama the Third Bardor Tulku Rinpoche Dies Aged 71".
  2. ^ "HOME - Kunzang Palchen Ling - Tibetan Buddhist Center". Kunzang Palchen Ling. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  3. ^ "The Raktrul Foundation is an all volunteer charity benefiting people in remote areas of Tibet". raktrul.org. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  4. ^ Gyamtso, Yeshe (May 2005), Precious Essence. The Inner Autobiography of Terchen Barway Dorje, KTD Publications (published 2005), ISBN 0-9741092-5-8
  5. ^ Gyamtso, Yeshe (2007), Treasury of Eloquence. The songs of Barway Dorje, KTD Publications, ISBN 978-1-934608-00-5
  6. ^ "Tibetan / Vajrayana". Shambhala Publications. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  7. ^ Urgyen, Tulku (2005), Blazing Splendor, Rangjung Yeshe Publications (published 2007), ISBN 978-962-7341-56-7, Glossary
  8. ^ More detailed description of the Third Bardor Tulku Rinpoche's escape from Tibet can be found on the Kunzang Palchen Ling web site.
  9. ^ Finding Karma Through Youth; Woodstock's Tibetan Monastery Prepares for a Lama, New York Times, February 2000
  10. ^ "Tibetan / Vajrayana". Shambhala Publications. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  11. ^ Bardor Tulku, a Buddhist spiritual leader, visits Tampa's Buddhist community, St. Petersburg Times, January 2004
  12. ^ Drodul, Karma (2009), Amrita of Eloquence. A Biography of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, KTD Publications, ISBN 978-1-934608-05-0
  13. ^ "Tibetan / Vajrayana". Shambhala Publications. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  14. ^ Karma Thegsum Choling Albany (NY), Karma Thegsum Choling Ann Arbor (MI), Karma Thegsum Choling Albuquerque (NM), Karma Thegsum Choling Arizona (AZ), Karma Thegsum Choling Boston (MA), Karma Thegsum Choling Chicago (IL), Karma Thegsum Choling Columbus (OH), Karma Thegsum Choling Dallas (TX), Karma Thegsum Choling Gainesville (FL), Karma Thegsum Choling Greenville (NC), Karma Thegsum Choling Hartford (CT), Karma Thegsum Choling Hay River (WI), Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville (FL), Karma Thegsum Choling Minneapolis (MN), Karma Thegsum Choling New York (NY), Karma Thegsum Choling Piedmont (NC), Karma Thegsum Choling San Diego (CA), Karma Thegsum Choling Santa Monica (CA), Karma Thegsum Choling Seattle (WA), Karma Thegsum Choling Tampa Bay (FL), Karma Thegsum Choling Wichita (KS), Karma Thegsum Tashi Gomang (CO)
  15. ^ Namgyal Monastery, Institute of Buddhist Studies, Ithaca (NY)
    St. Augustine Record, St. Augustine Karma Kagyu Study Group (FL)
  16. ^ Karma Sonam Dargye Ling, Toronto, Canada
    Karma Tekchen Zabsal Ling, Toronto, Canada
    Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Charitable Trust New Zealand
  17. ^ Buddhist Community at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (MA)
    Carolina Mation Club, Chapel Hill (NC)
    Tibet House, New York City (NY)
    University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles (CA)
    University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill (NC)
  18. ^ "Bardor Tulku Rinpoche's published teachings".
  19. ^ Raktrul Foundation is a non-profit organization, the mission of which is to assist underprivileged communities in Tibet by developing and implementing programs for education, medical care, and basic community support.
  20. ^ "Kunzang Palchen Ling".
  21. ^ Some of Bardor Tulku Rinpoche's songs can be viewed on Kunzang Palchen Ling web site.
  22. ^ "Palchen Study Groups".
  23. ^ "Bardor Tulku Rinpoche's Schedule".