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22April2021

Lineage Masters

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Apho Rinpoche

Biography will be available in due course.

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Somang Rinpoche (Bhuntar)

Biography will be available in due course.

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Rigden Rinpoche

The Third Rigden Rinpoche was born in 1968 at Derge Rinda, Eastern Tibet. He was recognized by His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche as the reincarnation of Rigden Thutop Palzang Rinpoche. He received his training at a monastery of the Sakya tradition. Later was enthroned at Dhi-phu Drukpa Monastery. He resides at Lhasa, and is presently the resident teacher at Namdruk Monastery.

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Somang Rinpoche (Kinnaur)

Biography will be available in due course.

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Drukpa Yongdzin Rinpoche

Biography will be available in due course.

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Jampa Yontan (Khenpo)

Khenpo Jampa Yontan was born in Chabdo, Tibet, in 1978. He began his learning, reading and writing of Tibetan texts at a very young age. In 1995, he took ordination and entered the Drogon Drukgyal Choekhorling Monastery and began learning and memorizing the spiritual texts.

In 1996, he entered Khampagar Shedra (dialectical Institute) in Tibet and received many teachings such as the Preliminary transmission, Bodhisattva Avatara, Three vows, Madyamika, Abhidharma, Jenamnyi, Gyulama and etc. From the late Kyabje Adeu Rinpoche, he received the Getsul Ordination. During his vocation, he did his preliminary retreats.

In 1998, he went to Serthang Ngarig Nangten Lopling Monastery and received many teachings, empowerment and transmissions of Boddhistva Avatara, Great Perfection from the Great Bodhisattva Khenpo Jigmey Phuntsok Jungney. After that, he attended the Kagyu School Classes and learned Prajna Paramita, Madyamika, logics and etc from Khenchen Chimey Rigzin. Furthermore, he also received teachings from the Great Abbot Khenchen Tsulthrim Lodoe. Due to his persistence, diligence and great devotion towards the dialectical and other studies, he not only came out top in the class but also, was appointed as a secondary teacher in the Madyamika class.

In 2001, he came to India and entered Seraje Genyen Dialectical Institute and learned many texts such as three parts of lorig tarig duida, logics, pragyaparamita, grammar etc. Due to his continuous devotion towards debate and studies, he received many awards in the class.

In 2005, he entered Tashi Jong Khampagar Shedra (dialectical Institute) and as a teacher, he taught Duptha, Prajnaparamita, Bodhisattvacharyavatara, logics, madyamika and etc for many years. Besides, he also studied dulwa, abhidharma and grammar etc. In March 2009, he went to Bhutan and received full ordination of Drukpa Lineage from H.H. the 70th Je Khenpo Trulku Jigmey Chhoedak [the70th religious Head of Bhutan].

In November 2009, on the auspicious day of the Buddha's descending from Trayastrima Heaven, Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche Shedrub Nyima enthroned him as a Khenpo, in the presence of many great masters and yogis, at Khampagar Monastery, Tashi Jong.

In the Khenpo Degree, he was conferred with, has his story which reads:

Venerable Jampa Yonten of Khampagar Monastery has studied the five major texts of Buddhist philosophy and other major texts along with essential branches of learning related to the Buddha Dharma. With great devotion through the dual process of proper learning and contemplation, he completed his studies at the following monastic center of learning.Serthang Buddhist Institute [Tibet] Khampagar Monastic Institute [Tibet] Great Sera Monastic University [south India] and Khamgar Druk College [India]. Thereafter he taught the major texts of Buddhist philosophy and and helped in propagarion of major fields of study at Khagar Druk College for five years. In recognition of his excellence deeds and contribution towards the Buddha Dharma, I enthrone him as Khenpo [abbot] and confer upon him the Degree of Khenpo in this auspicious occasion of Buddha’s descent from the Trayastrima Heaven. I urge you to strive for the propagation of the Buddha Dharma which is the source of real happiness and wellbeing, in general, and the Glorious Drukpa lineage, the quintessence of Dagpo Kargyud tradition of Tibet Buddhism, in particular. May your auspicious wishes be fulfilled. (Authorized by the 9th Gyalwa Dokhampa (Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche) Shedrub Nyima.

The above biography was provided by Khenpo Jampa Yontan.

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Ngedon Tenzin (Khenpo)

Biography will be available in due course.

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Gyalwa Lorepa

Gyalwa Lorepa Jigdral Ugyen Deve Dorje was born on April 10th, 1998 in Cambridge, MA. (United States of America). Because of a strong karmic connection with Drukpa order of Buddhism, he was recognized as a second reincarnation of Gyalwa Lorepa by His Holiness the present Gyalwang Drukpa.

Gyalwa Lorepa is Drukpa master lineage holder of Lower Drukpa tradition, one of the three sub-branches of Drukpa school. The first Gyalwa Lorepa was one of the two main disciples of the first Gyalwang Drukpa Drogön Tsangpa Gyare Yeshe Dorje. After being recognized, Gyalwa Lorepa studied traditional Buddhist philosophy and language under the guidance of His Holiness the present Gyalwang Drukpa at Druk Sangag Choeling Monastery in Darjeeling, for the three years. At present he is studying at Dodedrak Buddhist Institute in Thimphu, Bhutan.

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Sey Rinpoche

Ngawang Gelek Namgyal, more well-known as Kyabje Sey Rinpoche, was born in 1963 as the son of the great enlightened yogi Kyabje Apho Rinpoche. Thus, His Eminence is the Third Lineage Holder of Togden Drubwang Dugu Shakya Shri, in both the spiritual and familial sense.

Drubwang Shakya Shri (1853-1919) was a great enlightened yogi and Terton of the 19th century. He was a great Master of the Drukpa Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and of the Rime Movement, amazingly accomplished in both Mahamudra and Dzogchen which he combined harmoniously.

Sey Rinpoche was recognized as the reincarnation of one of the heart students of Shakya Shri, the Ladakhi Tripon Pema Choegyal (1876-1958).

Tripon Pema Choegyal was a great tantric practitioner who also came to be recognized as the emanation of Gyalwa Gotsangpa 1189-1258 (alias Gotsang Gonpo Dorje, one of the greatest yogis of Tibet) by the Eleventh Gyalwang Drukpa, the Supreme Head of the Drukpa Lineage.

Tripon Pema Choegyal was born in a small village of Chamtrel, in the western Himalayan region of Ladakh. At the age of 19, around 1894, he traveled on foot from Ladakh all the way to Eastern Tibet to receive extensive teachings from the Mahasiddha of the Drukpa Lineage, Tokden Shakya Shri. He devoted the rest of his life to retreat and teaching. Shakya Shri appointed him the holder of his transmissions, naming him “Tripon” (literally Throne Holder) Pema Choegyal.

Tripon Pema Choegyal later founded retreat centers in Tibet and Ladakh. Some of the well-known retreat centers he founded or took the direction of, in Tibet, were Sangag Choeling Retreat center, Jarkyi Phukdrup, Dechen Choekhor, Upper and Lower Drupdhey Cheys, etc.

Among his close disciples were very eminent Drukpa Masters, such as the Eleventh Gyalwang Drukpa, Yeshe Gyatso (also known as Tenzin Khyenrab), Shri Sendrak Rinpoche, the Tokden Shakya Shri’s Grandsons Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche and Yeshe Rangdrol, known as Apho Rinpoche, the very father of HE Sey Rinpoche, etc.

Sey Rinpoche, reincarnation of Tripon Pema Choegyal, (the very root Guru of his father) was born in the retreat centre of Taktsey in Sikkim, Northern India, in 1963, where his father, the yogi Apho Rinpoche had settled with his family after a most difficult journey out of Tibet.

On hearing about the birth of this son of Apho Rinpoche, the great Master and Regent of the Drukpa Lineage, Thuksey Rinpoche -also cousin of Apho Rinpoche- journeyed from Darjeeling to Sikkim to see the baby, traveling together with Khenpo Noryang, the Abbot of the Drukpa Lineage monastic eat at Darjeeling. They bestowed the vows of Genyen to the boy, naming him Ngawang Gelek Namgyal. To ward off obstacles to his life, they also bestowed him a Chod (“Cutting Through”) empowerment.

When Sey Rinpoche was aged two, the followers of Shakya Shri’s teachings in the western Indian Himalayas of Ladakh, Zanskar and Lahoul, hearing about the presence of the spiritual and familial descendant of Drubwang Shakya Shri in India, invited Apho Rinpoche to live in their regions and give extensive guidance and teachings. So the family departed from Sikkim to join the Western Himalayas.

Around that time, Kybaje Takna Rinpoche and other followers of Tripon Pema Choegyal in India requested His Holiness the late Dudjom Rinpoche (then Head of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism) for a divination to determine the whereabouts of their Guru’s reincarnation. His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche replied in a letter saying that the young son of Apho Rinpoche was the reincarnation, and that he would be able to do great service to the cause of the holy Dharma if they performed certain rituals of the Three Roots (Gurus, Yidam, Dakinis). His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche’s divination was confirmed when the child, on seeing a painting of Mount Meru and Four Continents done by his previous incarnation, in the care of an attendant, Choydhen, said that it belonged to him and demanded it be handed back. Choydhen immediately informed all the disciples of Tripon Choegyal of this act.

In 1967, Sey Rinpoche was enthroned as the reincarnation of Tripon Pema Choegyal through an elaborate ceremony performed in Dalhousie, India. A year later. his father undertook to bestow to his “Very Precious Son” the complete teachings and empowerments of Tokeden Shakya Shri, which included transmissions of the Eighteen texts of Chibri, the Mahamudra Practice of Kunga Tenzin, Twenti Two Anujna, Thirteen Deities of Akshobya, Lhenchik Chakrasamvara, the extensive Vajra Yogini empowerment, the Six Buddhas Families, Kilaya, etc.

Apho Rinpoche and his family spent three years in Ladakh, during which Apho Rinpoche founded the three retreat centers of Gotsang and Kheypang. In 1968, they left to settle in Manali (in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh) and established his monastery there. While in Manali, the young Sey Rinpoche received the complete empowerment and teachings of all the Three Jewels and Three Roots (konchok Tsa Sum) from the 8th Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche.

In the early 1970’s, he traveled to Tashi Jong and received there the transmissions of the Whispered Treasures (Ngak Dzo) form H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. From him, he also received the vows of Upasaka, the vows of Bodhicitta in the two Chariot or systems of transmission as well as empowerment in the Secret Assembly of Dakinis, Chetsun Nyingthik, etc.

While in Tashi Jong, Khamtrul Rinpoche also bestowed on him the empowerments and teachings on Ling Re Guru Puja and the transmission of the Chakmey Richoe.

For more information about Kyabje Sey Rinpoche, please visit his official website: www.seyrinpoche.org

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Jigme (Khenpo)

Biography will be available in due course.