About the Author
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is a leading Buddhist teacher in North America. (“Rinpoche” is an honorific reserved for highly respected reincarnate Buddhist teachers.) Born in 1965 at Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, a small state in northeastern India, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche was recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa as a reincarnate lama of the Nyingma tradition. He is the founder and president of Nalandabodhi, an international network of Buddhist study and meditation centers, and of Nitartha International, a nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to preserving the contemplative literature of East Asia. Rinpoche is most active at Nalanda West, in Seattle, Washington, which offers public programs and events by teachers from many traditions that support a meaningful, contemplative life. His previous books include Rebel Buddha: A Guide to a Revolution of Mind. A lover of music, art, and urban culture, Rinpoche is also an avid photographer, accomplished calligrapher, poet, and visual artist.