Jamyang Rinchen 2: My Guru, the Dalai Lama
Jamyang Rinchen (蔣揚仁欽) travels in the Dalai Lama’s entourage as his principle Chinese translator. In this episode he tells us what His Holiness is like when out of the public eye and shares some special stories of occasions he has witnessed with the Dalai Lama that especially enriched Jamyang’s own faith in His Holiness—stories of genuine compassion, consideration, humility, and non-attachment.
Click here to listen to part one of this interview.
About the Interviewee
Jamyang Rinchen (born Chun Yuan Huang) was born in Taiwan, and at a young age had an epiphany that he wished to become a monk. At the age of 12 he moved to India to take robes, became known as “Jamyang,” and started his studies at the Dalai Lama’s Institute of Buddhist Dialectics (IBD) in Dharamsala. 15 years later Jamyang graduated from IBD with the equivalent of a Master of Philosophy. After graduating, Jamyang became a layperson, married his wife Yihua, and together they moved to Boston, USA where Jamyang completed his PhD in the department of South Asian Studies at Harvard University with a dissertation on the history, language, and efficacy of Tibetan Buddhist debate.
Jamyang now lives with his wife in Dharamsala, translating classical Indo-Tibetan texts into Chinese and traveling with H.H. Dalai Lama as His Holiness’s principal Chinese translator.