Dagri Rinpoche was born in Tibet in 1958, and grew up during the Cultural Revolution of 1966-1976. Although he was recognized at an early age as the reincarnation of Pari (Dagri) Dorje Chang, one of the very great geshes of Lhasa, the political situation in Tibet prohibited religious training. He, like other Tibetans, experienced great hardship during these years. He attended ordinary governmental school and worked as an animal herder and, later, in a coal mine. Even in such humble conditions, everyone who knew him was moved by his outstanding inner qualities, his warm heart, his power, and his care for others.
In 1978, the Communist government relaxed the religious persecution somewhat and Rinpoche went to Lhasa, where he was ordained, began to study Buddhist philosophy, and helped to restore Tibetan monasteries. Many students from his past life—that include Jangtse Choje Rinpoche, Geshe Lhundup Sopa, Lama Thubten Yeshe, and Geshe Lama Konchog—made requests and wrote letters urging Rinpoche to leave Tibet for India. They helped to make travel preparations and obtain travel documents.
After his escape from Tibet in 1983, he completed 17 years of Buddhist philosophical studies at Sera Je Monastery and received the Geshe Lharampa degree, the highest qualification obtainable. He was first in his class during subsequent training at the Gyumed Tantric College. Since 2001 Rinpoche has taught the Dharma in Asia, Europe, and North America. He is especially involved with supporting His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the work of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and the FPMT.
Read Dagri Rinpoche’s thoughts on Sravasti Abbey
Rinpoche is also a guest teacher at Sravasti Abbey. View photos of Dagri Rinpoche’s visit.