Lama Chime

Lama Chime

Born in Jyekundo, Kham in eastern Tibet in 1941, Lama Radha Chime Rinpoche is one of four tulkus of Benchen monastery. In 1959, due to the Chinese invasion of Tibet, he was forced into exile, eventually establishing a home in England with his childhood friend Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Lama Akong Rinpoche.

Educated at Benchen Monastery, he gained the Khenpo (Master of Studies), Kyorpon (Shrine Ritual Master) degree and Dorje Lobpon (Vajra Master) degrees. Chime studied and combined the practices of Mahamudra and Dzogchen, receiving instructions from two of his uncles: Mahamudra from Kabje Sangye Nyenpa and Dzogchen from Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche. He has taught extensively throughout Europe, USA and Australia and established Marpa House, the first Tibetan Buddhist Centre in England.

His students have included American author and Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön and musical artists Mary Hopkin, Tony Visconti and the late David Bowie. In 1981 Lama Chime wrote the chapter 'Tibet', in Loewe and Blacker's book Divination and Oracles (George Allen & Unwin, London). He gave Lama Mike the responsibilty of teaching his North American students in 1989.