“Be calm, kind and clear.
This is the most valuable thing we human beings can learn, train in and master.
To be happy and live in harmony, liberate our minds and free others,
This is my deep wish.
This is why I take care of monks and nuns.
This is why I share the precious teachings with people from all countries.”
— Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche.
The Tibetan word shedrub has two parts. The first part means to explain, to teach; and the second part means to practice, to realize. The purpose of shedrub is to thoroughly understand reality and bring about realization of the nature of mind.
Through study we learn how the mind works. We come to recognize two levels of reality: the seeming and the real. We reflect on the meaning of the teachings, and through testing that meaning, we make the understanding our own.
To practice is to use the methods that free us from selfishness. Selfishness is based on the illusion of a “self”. When we see that this “self” is insubstantial, we can be free of desperate grasping and make full room for the goodness of our intrinsic nature. The skillful methods of the Buddha lead to perfect realization – awakening and freedom.
An unbroken lineage of meditators has adhered to the shedrub principle for thousands of years. It brings endless benefit and helps countless beings.
About Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche
Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche is a world-renowned teacher and meditation master in the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. He was born in Tibet in 1951 as the oldest son of his mother Kunsang Dechen, a devoted Buddhist practitioner, and his father Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, an accomplished master of Buddhist meditation. As a young child, Chokyi Nyima—“Sun of the Dharma”—was recognized as the 7th incarnation of the Tibetan meditation master Gar Drubchen.
In 1959, following the Chinese occupation of Tibet, Rinpoche’s family fled to India where Rinpoche spent his youth studying under some of Tibetan Buddhism’s most illustrious masters, such as His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa, Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, Khunu Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen, and his father, Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.
In 1974, Rinpoche left India to join his parents in Kathmandu, Nepal, where he assisted them in establishing Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery. Upon its completion in 1976, H.H. the Karmapa enthroned Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche as the monastery’s abbot. To this day, Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling remains the heart of Rinpoche’s ever-growing mandala of activity.
A photo gallery from the early years: