Lopon Tsechu Rinpoche
Lopon Tsechu Rinpoche (1918-2003) was born in the Kingdom of Bhutan. When he was 13 years old, he left Bhutan to study and practice under the spiritual guidance of his uncle Lama Sherab Dorje in Nepal. There he received full dharma training and meditated under severe conditions in the caves of Milarepa and in the holy places of Guru Rinpoche. In 1944, Rinpoche met H.H. the 16th Karmapa who became one of his most important masters.
In the years to follow, Lopon Tsechu Rinpoche became the key figure for Buddhist practitioners in Nepal. In 1987, he visited Europe for the first time at the invitation of his first Western students Lama Ole Nydahl and his wife Hannah. He travelled extensively worldwide giving teachings and initiations. He completed the building of a Kalachakra Stupa in Spain and numerous other stupas in Europe and Asia.
Lopon Tsechu Rinpoche’s last project, the Enlightenment Stupa in Benalmadena, Spain is the crown jewel of his life’s work. Rinpoche passed away on 10 June 2003 at the age of 85, four months before the inauguration of this magnificent project. The immense power of his compassion is felt by people of every background.
Lopon Tsechu Rinpoche taught in the United Kingdom on two occasions: in Cambridge in July 1996 and In London in June 2000.