Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche was born in Golok, Eastern Tibet in 1935. Recognized at an early age as a reincarnate lama (tulku), he received an unparalleled education in Tibet before leaving for India in 1958. He received transmission of important Tibetan Buddhist lineages from nearly 40 masters
In 1969, Tarthang Tulku became the first lama of the Nyingma lineage to settle in the United States. He has written over 34 books that have been translated into various Western languages and adopted for class use by universities around the world.
Tarthang Tulku adapted and systemised Kum Nye for western students and modern lifestyles in his book “Kum Nye – Tibetan Yoga.
Based on the Tibetan medical system, Kum Nye consists of exercises developed by Rinpoche to relieve stress and promote the deep relaxation necessary to experience the full benefits of meditation. It is both a natural healing aid and a means for deepening meditation.
Kum Nye integrates and balances physical and psychological approaches to harmonize the energies of body and mind. The deep relaxation produced releases a vibrant, intense flow of feeling that renders all experience richer, healthier, and more beautiful.
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