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Drukpa Thuksey Rinpoche

The word Thuksey Rinpoche in Tibetan language actually means “The Precious Heart Son”, in that not only postulates the biological essence of great enlightenment but also the wisdom of its own nature. The First Thuksey Rinpoche was the son of the Tenth Gyalwang Drukpa and a root guru of His Holiness the present Gyalwang Drukpa.

The Second Thuksey Rinpoche was born in 1986, on the tenth day of the first Tibetan month in Chushul, Ladakh. Prior to His birth several oracles and visiting high lamas told his expecting mother that the child to be born would be a great being, and that this special child should be presented to the present Gyalwang Drukpa as soon as he was born.

During the entire week before his birth, strange birds guarded Rinpoche’s house and a light pleasant drizzle of rain showered up upon the village. Unfortunately Rinpoche’s mother died at his birth.

The present Gyalwang Drukpa experienced many dreams and visions that Thuksey Rinpoche’s reincarnation would take place in Ladakh. In July 1987, Their Holinesses the Fourteenth Dalai Lama and the present Gyalwang Drukpa went together to Gyalwa Gotsangpa’s cave near the Hemis Monastery and meditated there for two hours. Through mediation the pure visions, both concluded that the special child born in Chushul was the authentic reincarnation of the First Thuksey Rinpoche.

Shortly after, the Gyalwang Drukpa personally visited Chushul to pay his respect to the reincarnation of his first Guru and offer Thuksey Rinpoche the mandala of long life. After that the Gyalwang Drukpa asked the family to take good care of Rinpoche. The child surprised everyone present by knowing what was expected of him during the offering of mandala.

On 30th June 1988, when Rinpoche was two and a half years’ old, he left with His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa for Druk Thubten Sangag Choeling Monastery in Darjeeling. Four months later, the young Rinpoche was formally enthroned at the monastery built by his predecessor. The Gyalwang Drukpa has since been taking care of the upbringing and education of the reincarnation of his Guru, just as his Guru had taken care of him.