Kyabjé Dilgo Khyentsé Rinpoche was one of Ngak’chang Rinpoche’s five ngak’phang Tsawa’i Lamas, and it was by Kyabjé Dilgo Khyentsé Rinpoche that he was recognised as the incarnation of Aro Yeshé – the son of Khyungchen Aro Lingma.
Kyabjé Dilgo Khyentsé Rinpoche presented Ngak’chang Rinpoche with an ivory teng’ar, an ivory damaru (ba so’i chos rNga), and ivory hair-ring takdröl. He encouraged him to teach the Aro gTér in the West and to remember as much as he could about his lineage history from Dreams of Clarity.
Kyabjé Dilgo Khyentsé Rinpoche was respected as an extraordinary poet, scholar, and master of Dzogchen. He was one of the main lineage holders of the Dzogchen Longchen Nying-thig (longs chen sNying thig) lineage, and was head of the Zhé-shen lineage. The Longchen Nying-thig was the gTérma of Kunkhyen Longchen Rabjam (kun mKhyen kLong chen rab ’byams – the all-knowing vast expanse of profound scholarship, 1308-1363) a major lineage master, author, and gTértön of the Nyingma lineage.
He was also the head of the Nyingma Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism following the parinirvana of Kyabjé Düd’jom Rinpoche – Jigdrèl Yeshé Dorje in 1987 until his own parinirvana in 1991..
In this photograph Dilgo Khyentsé Rinpoche wears the Pandita’s hat which signifies his accomplishment in the field of profound textual knowledge.