His Eminence Khempo Yurmed Tinly Rinpoche 1950 ~ 2005
It is with the greatest sadness that we send this message to
inform you that our most revered and beloved teacher,
His Eminence Khempo Yurmed Tinly Rinpoche, passed away
Sunday, January 30th, 2005 in Himachel Pradesh, India. Ceremonies
and prayers are being performed in India, and on February 11th
a cremation ceremony took place.
H.E. Khempo Rinpoche was one of the foremost scholars and
meditation masters of the Mahayana and Dzogchen traditions
of Vajrayana Buddhism, while a fully dedicated exponent of
non-sectarianism. As an incarnate lineage holder of the
Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, Khempo Rinpoche was also
known for his expertise in Green Tara practice which he taught
for the benefit of his students and his dedication to
Khempo was highly respected and loved by thousands of
spiritual leaders, international dignitaries, students
and friends from all over the world. Those of us who worked
with Khempo Rinpoche will remember our extraordinary adventures
with him. His remarkable life was not only an inspiration but a
precious example of Bodhicitta motivation and skillful means.
His greatness was revealed in his humility and kindness.
His humor brought the greatest joy while embodying the most
The departing of Khempo Rinpoche from this world adds
poignancy to his works and teachings. His departure will
likely be regarded by many as his ultimate teaching on
impermanence ~ his final gift to us.
~We thank you Khempo Rinpoche, for shining your light on us.
We pray for your swift return.
Losar Poems & Tributes
Before Khempo Rinpoche left for India, he wrote two poems
for The Tibetan New Year (Losar). They can be viewed on
our website: www.khempo.com/losar2005.htm.
Our sincerest thanks to those who helped Khempo Rinpoche
host His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Florida this past
September. Khempo considered that teaching to be extremely
important to World Peace ~ his most cherished mission.
We have been receiving heartfelt messages and beautiful
tributes and invite all to send any tributes, stories,
memories or photos to us. They may be sent to
We will be forever grateful to Khempo Rinpoche for his
precious gifts to us. We will strive to honor him by
continuing his work and living the teachings he spent his
lifetime imparting to the world.