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Drakseng Rinpoche Passed into Parinirvana

H.E. Drakseng Rinpoche passed into Parinirvana on 8 January 2009. Kindly join together to pray for his swift return.

H.E. Drakseng Rinpoche's brief biography

H.E. Drakseng RinpocheThe first Drakseng Rinpoche of the Drukpa Lineage was also known as Togden Yangdhak Drukda. He was believed to be an emanation of Mahasiddha Maitripa (one of the great eighty-four Mahasiddhas of India) and was a direct disciple of the fourth Gyalwang Drukpa Kunkhyen Padma Karpo.

He established his monastery at the holy site which looked like a lion's face, a site Guru Padmasambhabva had blessed and thus benefitted numerious sentient beings. The unbroken successive reincarnations of Drakseng Rinpoche have been known as great and learned masters and benefited countless sentient beings.

The present Seventh Drakseng Rinpoche (Palden Chokyi Wangchuk) was born on 10 January 1937 at a place called Wongdhen in the Tsang Province to Mayum Phuntsok Chokpa and Yab Ngakchang Dawa Tenzin, who is a bloodline of Chokro Lui Gyaltshen (the great Tibetan Translator during the time of Guru Pamdasambhava). At the age of five, he was recognised by the 11th Gyalwang Drukpa as the true reincarnation of the previous Drakseng Rinpoche and subsequently enthroned at his monastery, where he studied intensively under the guidance of his master Kunchok Wangdue Lama (one of the direct disciples of Kyabje Trulshik Pema Chogyal).

He has mastered all the ritual arts of Drukpa Lineage and the preliminary and actual practice of the Six Yogas of Naropa under the guidance and sacred instructions of Kyabje Apho Rinpooche. He has also received the transmission of Chod practice and its commentary from the previous Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche and has received the Nyingma teachings such as Rinchen Terzod (treasure teachings) from the previous Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

As an answer to the aspirations of his devotees and followers which has been increasing manifold over the years and as a testimony of his genuine commitment in the preservation of Buddhism in general and the glorious Drukpa Lineage in particular, he founded the first Drukpa Monastery in South India.