Zasep Rinpoche has been coming to Rocky River and Armidale since 1993 to lead Buddhist retreats. Each time he has visited this area he has given public talks on Buddhism, which are becoming more and more popular. Rinpoche has nearly 30 years experience teaching Buddhism to western students in Canada, USA and Europe. He combines his deep understanding of the mind and how it works with humour and clarity.
The Venerable Acharya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, a highly realized and internationally respected teacher of Gelugpa Buddhism, was born in Tibet in the province of Kham in 1948. Zasep Tulku Rinpoche was recognized as the 13th incarnation of Lama Konchog Tenzin of Zuru Monastery. In 1959, during the Chinese invasion, he escaped from Tibet and continued his education for sixteen years in India under the tutelage of many of the greatest teachers of Mahayana Buddhism.
In 1975, His Holiness the Dalai Lama requested Zasep Rinpoche to study in Thailand where he joined the monks of a forest monastery. For eighteen months he studied and practiced with them. He then traveled to Australia and translated for Tibetan speaking Lamas for a number of years. Since 1976 he has taught western
Dharma students in Australia, Canada, and the United States and has developed Dharma centers in each of these countries. Rinpoche regularly visits these centers and offers extensive teachings, initiations and retreats which his many students enthusiastically attend. In 1999, Rinpoche and his students created the Gaden for the West umbrella organization to more effectively support and nourish the study of Gelugpa Tibetan Buddhism in the West.
Rinpoche and his students have created many beneficial projects to help the Tibetan Refugees in India as well as in Tibet and Mongolia. Since 2000 Rinpoche has been travelling back to Tibet where he has established with the help of Western doctors, in a remote rural region, a Health Care Centre, which provides traditional and Western medical care.
For an extensive biography of Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, and a library of Rinpoche’s teachings, please see Golden Blue Lotus Tara Center’s website.