Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche, born in 1981, was recognized as a reincarnate lama at a young age. He is one of the throne-holders of the Riwoche Taklung Kagyu Lineage and a lineage holder of the Profound Treasures of Chokgyur Lingpa from the Nyingma School of Early Translations. He is abbot of several monasteries in Nepal, heads dharma centers in Asia and North America, assists monasteries and practice centers in Tibet, oversees a wide range of humanitarian projects in South Asia and teaches around the world.
And on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week he will give two free talks at the Yoga Barn in West Tisbury.
Phakchok Rinpoche specializes in translating traditional Buddhist methods and wisdom into simple techniques for creating distance between oneself and overwhelming emotions. Creating this distance provides space for reconnecting with inner peace, kindness and compassion. On Tuesday, May 20, his talk is called Creating Space in Daily Life. On Wednesday, May 21, his talk will be Fearless Happiness: Keys to Training the Mind.
He will also set a lot of lobsters free while on Martha’s Vineyard. The Release of the Lobsters event will take place at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, at Menemsha Beach.
“[Phakchok Rinpoche] buys lobsters and releases them back into the wild,” said Jason Lew, who organized the events. Coincidentally, Grace Church begins its lobster roll sales this weekend. It seems doubtful the Rinpoche will be in line with bib and butter at the ready.
Both talks begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at the Yoga Barn on South Road in West Tisbury. Each evening prior to the teachings, there will be an Introduction to Tibetan Buddhist Yoga at 6 p.m.
The talks are free but donations are appreciated.