Lama Jigme Rinpoche is the representative of H.H 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje in Europe and travels throughout various countries. Lama Jigme Rinpoche was born into the family of H.H. the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, as the brother of Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche. He received extensive teachings from the 16th Karmapa, who during his first visit in the West left him there as his representative. When H.H. the 16th Karmapa appointed Lama Jigme Rinpoche as his European representative, he said: “In the person of Lama Jigme Rinpoche, I leave you my heart”, and it is in this spirit that Lama Jigme Rinpoche today continues his activity in Europe, travelling extensively, visiting and teaching in the centres and inspiring all those who come into contact with him.
Lama Jigme Rinpoche is the spiritual director of Dhagpo Kagyu Ling in France and spiritual counsel to the Diamond Way Foundation. In 2011, Lama Jigme Rinpoche was appointed by Karmapa Thaye Dorje as General Secretary of the Karma Kagyu School.
Lama Jigme Rinpoche has visited the UK to teach several times at the invitation of Diamond Way Buddhism. The first occasion was in 2005, during the historic first visit of Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje (click here for report). Subsequently Jigmela taught during Karmapa Thaye Dorje’s 2012 visit to London (click here for report), and in 2014 at the time of the opening of the new London Centre (click here for report).
Lama Jigme Rinpoche’s website is www.jigmela.org