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22April2021

Lineage Masters

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Ga Lhakhang Rinpoche

Biography will be available in due course.

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Gyetrul Jigme Norbu Rinpoche

Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche has accepted the appointment as the advisor to the First ADC. For this reason, he has so kindly postponed his teaching programs in Europe. He is presently residing on Druk Amitabha Mountain, helping out actively with the organization and arrangements. Thank you, Rinpoche, for joining us!!

Below is an abridged biography of Rinpoche

Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche was born in India in October, 1970. He is the son of the renowned Terton, His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche, holder of the Ripa lineage. His mother Khandro Chime Dolkar also descends from a noble family of Bhutanese descent. Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche inherits two spiritual lineages, including both the Ripa Dungyud Lineage, or hereditary line, into which he was born, and which he will hold in future as heir, as well as head of the Pema Lingpa lineage of Gyeling Orgyan Mindrolling monastery in the hidden land of Pemako, which he carries forward from his previous life, as tulku.

The Ripa Lineage originates in Tibet around the 13th century with the founding of the Barom Kagyu tradition, one of the four principle schools of the Kagyupa, by Dharma Senge Wangchuk. It was in the 18th century that the lineage became more prominent, with the birth of Ripa Pema Deje Rolpa. Ripa Pema Deje Rolpa met his future root guru, Tagsham Samten Lingpa, a principle Terton of the time, and became the perfect vessel or holder of the Tagsham cycle, a vast treasury of terma teachings. He practiced in strict retreat, and mastered the view, meditation and conduct of Trekcho, and the four visions of Togal, of the Great Perfection tradition, attaining ultimate realization. Terton Tagsham Samten Lingpa made him the holder of his vast terma treasures, and in this way, the Ripa tradition also became established in the Nyingma School. “Ri” signifies mountain or isolated area, and “pa” signifies wearer of the white robe, or yogi. Thus the Ripa lineage represents the ascetic yogic tradition of both the Nyingma and Kagyu, as practiced in the mountains of Tibet.

Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche was recognized at the age of three by His Holiness Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, head of the Nyingma School, as the reincarnation of Gyeling Yonten Lhundrub Gyatso Rinpoche. At the age of eight, understanding that times had changed, Jigme Rinpoche went to study for six years at a modern school in Darjeeling, outside the monastery, so that he could both learn English and have contact with the outside world. During these six years, he led a normal boy’s life. Jigme Rinpoche attended the Nyingma Institute of Superior Studies and Research, Ngagyur Dojo Ling in Boudhanath, Nepal, founded by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, and in 1993 he received his master’s degree in Buddhist Sutric and Tantric Studies, where he studied with Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche.

Jigme Rinpoche’s primary spiritual teachers have been: H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche and his father and root teacher, His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche. H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche was also Jigme Rinpoche’s root teacher in his previous life. In addition Jigme Rinpoche is the great, great grandson of the renowned sage Shakya Shri, who was considered to be the greatest Siddha of his time. He has studied with and received transmissions from the Dongyud Pelden Drukpa tradition teachers, especially those of the Shakya Shri lineage: His Holiness the present Gyalwang Drukpa and Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche.

In addition to fulfilling his role as a spiritual teacher, Jigme Rinpoche began in September 1993 in Orissa, to fulfill his humanitarian role as a socially engaged Buddhist, a term he is happy to known by, and which has become a central part of his life’s work. Born in India, Jigme Rinpoche has firsthand experience of the plight of Tibetan refugees and local villagers alike in finding and retrieving potable water. This inspired him to found the Pure Water Project, for which he received great admiration and a citation from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile. Other projects he also directs include the setting up of a malaria prevention and treatment program, as well as directing programs to support orphans, schoolchildren, monks and the elderly.

Jigme Rinpoche first came to the West in 1996, giving his first teachings in Europe. Jigme Rinpoche has since established Padma Ling centers, a network of dharma organizations, in Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Spain, Germany, as well as a center in Japan. Jigme Rinpoche is known for his fluency in English and his lively, direct, fluid, humorous and down to earth teaching style. His clear and fresh outlook very quickly cuts through cultural and personal misperceptions about the Buddha dharma.
Jigme Rinpoche travels between the East and the West. In the East he oversees the continuation and work of the sacred tradition in exile, including leading and caring for the Ripa monasteries in both Nepal and India. In the West he continues his teachings through Padma Ling, Ripa foundations and is actively building the community and its foundation.

Shortest by By-line of Ripa Dungsey Gyetrul Jigme Norbu Rinpoche

Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche is a meditation guide, author, a reincarnate lama, contemporary Buddhist teacher, known for his clear and fresh teachings, as well as a socially engaged Buddhist, whose work on the Pure Water Project has won him widespread recognition.

For more information about Ripa Dungsey Gyetrul Jigme Norbu Rinpoche, his schedule and activities, please visit the Ripa Labdrang's website: www.ripaladrang.org

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Yugyal Rinpoche

Biography will be available in due course.

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Gyalwa Dokhampa Shedrub Nyima

The Ninth Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche (Gyalwa Dokhampa) Shedrub Nyima was born in December 1980, into a devoted Tibetan Buddhist family in Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh, India. His birth was predicted by His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa who wrote a letter stating clearly the parent’s names, the year of the child’s birth and the area where he was born. The child’s identity and his place of birth were also confirmed by the late Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche who was a close spiritual friend of the Eighth Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche.

Thereafter, Venerable Khenpo Losal, an abbot from Khampagar Monastery in Tashi Jong, was sent with a group to Bomdila in search of the child, who was found in accordance with the prediction letter and visions. Then, another group led by Kyabje Khyentse Yeshe Rinpoche, Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche and representatives of Khampagar Monastery, Tashi Jong, went to Bomdila to offer the recognition ceremony in September 1982, and soon after invited the child and family to the seat of the Eighth Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche, Khampagar Monastery in Tashi Jong, located in the beautiful Kangra Valley, North India.

In February 1983, the late Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche enthroned the Ninth Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche at Khampagar Monastery, also known as Pal Phunstok Choekhor Ling, and gave him the lay and Bodhisattva vows, and he also named the special child Do Khampa Shedrub Nyima. With this enthronement, the child became the spiritual leader of the Khampagar Monastery in India and the original establishment in Tibet, as well as over 200 monastic institutions in Eastern Tibet.

The enthronement ceremony was honored by the presence of representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other spiritual leaders of several Tibetan Buddhist Schools and from the Himalayan communities as well as from representatives of the Royal Family of Bhutan, the monastic body of Bhutan and the Royal Family of Sikkim.

The great Togdens or Yogis of Khampagar Monastery attended to his daily care and accorded him all due respect and honor. He received lessons continuously in reading and writing and basic studies from some of the Khampagar Togdens, Khenpo Lhawang from Tibet and Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche.
Later, Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche received many sets of teachings and initiations from Kyabje Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche on numerous occasions in India and Nepal.

Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche invited Kyabje Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche from Nangchen, Eastern Tibet, and Kyabje Sengdrak Rinpoche from Tatot Pani , Nepal to Tashi Jong in order to make sure that the Ninth Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche received all the teachings and initiations of the Drukpa Lineage.

At the request of all Rinpoches and Togdens of Khampagar Monastrery, Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche offered the teachings on major Buddhist philosophical texts and initiations of the Drukpa Lineage that he had received from the great Eighth Kyabje Khamtul Rinpoche Kalzang Dongyu Nyima.

Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche was invited to Khampagar Monastery in Eastern Tibet and also to Tsechu, the monastery of Kyabje Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche, the spiritual representative of the Drukpa Lineage in Nangchen, Eastern Tibet. In all these places, Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche was received with the highest respect from tens of thousands of devotees from all Khampagar and its branches, as well as the monastics from different Tibetan Buddhist schools.

At present, Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche is spending much of his time in retreat at Khampagar Monastery, Tashi Jong, in learning and practicing the Dharma and the lineage teachings. In all grand rituals held at Khampagar monastery, Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche presides as the main spiritual teacher and oversees all the functions.

In 2006, Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche received full ordination from the His Holiness Je Khenpo of Bhutan and with Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche, he has visited most of the holy Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Burma, sponsored by Kyabje Yeshe Khyentse Rinpoche.

Since he was a child, Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche has been by nature very calm, compassionate and warm. These qualities radiate in his daily life, making his presence everywhere a source of joy and happiness for those who come into contact with him.

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Sangey Dorje Rinpoche

Biography will be available in due course.

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Dorzong Rinpoche

The First Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche, Konchok Gyalpo, was a great meditation master as well as an outstanding scholar in philosophy and the Sutra and Tantra. He was deeply learned in Tibetan sciences and poetry. He traveled widely, having journeyed as far as the Swat Valley in present-day Pakistan, taking in the pilgrimage places of central and North India, Sikkim and Nepal, where many spontaneous miracles marked his passing.

Once, near Patna, he was waylaid by robbers who assumed every pilgrim from Tibet was carrying gold to make offerings. When they tried to decapitate him the sword’s heavy blade bounced off his neck; and when they searched him they discovered he was a mendicant pilgrim with no possessions. When he came back from India, at the request of His Holiness Sakya Dagchen Amen, he wrote down an account of his travels, which was of great interest to later Tibetan scholars.

He was advised by his teacher the First Kyabje Drukpa Yongdzin Rinpoche Lhatsewa Ngawang Zangpo to go into China where he would be of great benefit to many people and would establish long-lasting connections. On his way to China, while passing through Kham in Eastern Tibet, Konchok Gyalpo and his companions were waylaid by nine wayfaring bandits called Rekhe Chisoh. They set about trying to kill him and rob the group, but Konchok Gyalpo displayed some miracles. When they stabbed him with a knife it went through his body, like a rainbow. And when they flung him from a high cliff the fast-flowing river below swept him back onto the cliff’s edge where he sat quietly in meditation. After witnessing this phenomenon twice, the bandits were overwhelmed with devotion for him and requested him to go to Rongmi in Kham with them and settle in the region. He replied that he had to leave for China on his guru’s instructions. As well as making persistent entreaties, the bandit converts threatened to commit suicide if Konchok Gyalpo deserted them. Believing they would carry out their threat, which would be a heavy sin for him, he reluctantly went on to Rongmi. This became an obstacle to his successful path in helping people in China, according to his guru’s instructions.

At a place called Dorje Dzong (meaning “the Vajra Fort”) in the Rongmi district, he established his monastery at the request of local inhabitants. There he spent the rest of his life in meditation, teaching and practicing. His eight chief disciples established eight branch monasteries in his lifetime. The name of the Dorzong Rinpoche’s and the monastery were taken from the name of this region.

Precise details of the birth of the present Dorzong Rinpoche were foretold very clearly by the Seventh Kyabje Drukpa Yongdzin Rinpoche, the root teacher of the Seventh Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche. These details were also given by the Eighth Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche and by a well-known realized master, Kyabje Agon Rinpoche, of the Drikung Lineage, in a remote place in Central Tibet.

At the time of conception of the Eighth Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche, his mother dreamt that she was standing in a spacious valley full of yellow flowers, in the sky to the East there was a long carpet of white clouds bearing many monks. Their red hats were of an unfamiliar design to her. In the center sat a very young, beautiful-looking master on his throne. He wore white cotton robes and a white hat with a high pointed crown. The young lama was looking at her with an expression of delight. Immediately she was suffused with uncontrollable devotion and plucked a large bouquet of yellow flowers and offered them to the young master and the other monks in his presence.

After the night of that dream she felt the new life within her. Almost three years later, when she attended her son's enthronement at Dorzong Monastery, she saw the Drukpa Lineage meditation hat for the first time in her life and recognized it from her dream. When she described the high-crowned white hat worn by the central young lama, the senior lamas at Dorzong Monastery told her that this was Rechungpa’s hat.

The origin of the Dorzong emanations is Vajrapani, Ananda Palgyi Dorje, one of the twenty-five chief disciples of Guru Padmasambhava, and Rechungpa, one of the two main lineage holders of Milarepa’s teachings.

Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche was born in early summer, at sunrise. A fine drizzle fell from a thin cloud and rainbows appeared over the family home. The people of Ngeyul village felt certain that the child was a tulku upon seeing these special signs. That same morning, a lotus design appeared on the water’s surface in four of the seven offering bowls in the family shrine room. The pattern descended and became indelibly embedded in the base of the bell-metal bowls. These treasured family possessions were destroyed at the time of the Cultural Revolution in Tibet. Also on the same morning, a pair of ravens suddenly appeared and perched on the family’s roof. There they stayed until the day the infant was taken to his monastery.

It was later discovered that these were the same ravens that normally lived on the roof of the protector’s Gonkhang at Dorzong Monastery in Gonjo, but had disappeared at the time of Dorzong Rinpoche's birth. This monastery was founded during the reign of the Fourth Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche, when the people of Gonjo had asked that another monastery be established in their area. This new monastery was a two-day horse ride from Ngeyul.

The Eighth Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche was enthroned at the age of three. From five years old he began to study. In reading, writing and memorizing he showed exceptional aptitude.

When he was seven, he visited Khampagar Monastery to meet the Eighth Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche. At this time the Great Practice of Padmasambhava Sadhana was being performed at the Khampagar Monastery. This practice is held every twelve years and takes almost one month to complete. The young Dorzong Rinpoche joined in the practice and completed the ritual entirely from memory. A large assembly witnessed this feat and the feeling was that this young Rinpoche was exceptional.

From that year, Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche began to receive Drukpa Lineage initiations, teachings and higher practices from Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche.

At the age of eight, Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche received teachings of all traditions, especially on Mahamudra and Mahasandhi from Kyabje Ragtul Rinpoche, a Nyingmapa lama who was highly respected by masters of all schools. Also from this age, he started to learn basic Buddhist doctrines and texts on the three types of vows. He studied texts written by Shantideva and other Bodhisattvas and the three main philosophy texts of Madhyamika with Venerable Tulku Tashi Namgyal and Venerable Drayab Khenpo Lodru, one of the most famous Sakya Khenpos of that period in Kham.

When he was nine, he received special Mahamudra and Dzogchen meditation practice and was guided through these experiences by Kyabje Ragtul Rinpoche and was also given the full set of Kagyu tantric treasures teachings (Tib. Kagyu Ngag Dzod), as well as all the Namchoe terma transmissions. Additionally he received three main Nyingma practices of the tutelary deities of Padmasambhava which were discovered in the eleventh century and also the full teaching of Tsele Natsog Rangdol.

At around the same time, he received all the ancient 100,000 tantric teachings of the Nyingma Lineage transmission (Tib. Nyingma Gyu Bum) from Venerable Rongmi Lama Gedun.

At the age of fourteen, he entered Khampagar Monastery’s Institute for Higher Studies and studied under the great Khenpo Pema Tharchin from Kathok Monastery, the ancient Nyingma monastery. Under this eminent Khenpo, he learned the Madhyamika and the two main Abhidharma-kosha texts, as well as Buddhist philosophical texts by Kyabje Mipham Rinpoche. In his examinations he always came first in his class.

Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche also studied the philosophy and the Buddhist Sutra and Tantra teachings with Venerable Khenpo Thupchoe and Venerable Khenpo Tsondue of the Nyingmapa school and with Venerable Sakyapa Khenpo Rinchen.

Until the establishment of Khampagar Monastery in Tashi Jong in 1969, Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche moved between Kalimpong, Dalhousie and Kangra. In this period, he received initiations, Mahamudra teachings and instructions from the Eighth Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche. He also received numerous initiations, teachings and instructions from His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa and Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. In 1969 he became the abbot of the educational institute for monks at Khampagar Monastery in Tashi Jong.

Then in 1971, because of Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche´s arduous schedule and health problems, the people of Tashi Jong requested Dorzong Rinpoche to become Vice President of Khampagar Monastery and of the Tashi Jong Tibetan Community.

When Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche passed away in 1980, Rinpoche was asked to stand as President. Both as regent of the Eighth Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche and President of Khampagar Monastery in India and of the Tashi Jong Tibetan Community, Dorzong Rinpoche worked for twenty-one years with selfless compassion, wisdom and great energy for the betterment of the monastic and lay communities. Along with the consolidation of the Craft Center for Art and Cultural Activities, he introduced a proper health center, kindergarten and an Institute for Higher Studies.

Later in the 1990’s, he received a complete series of initiations of the Drukpa Lineage from the late Kyabje Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche.

In combination with all these activities Dorzong Rinpoche has always practiced meditation and lineage teachings with unbroken diligence and purity, which qualify him as an authentic Drukpa Lineage holder.

By 1984 it became possible for Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche to return to Tibet and visit his monastery. There he was invited to give teachings throughout the region at monasteries of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism and he greatly helped practitioners by giving initiations and teachings, which provided the missing links in their practice. He also traveled to many countries giving lectures and teachings from which started some remarkable communities and spiritual practitioners.

About a decade ago, Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche started the development of Dorzong Monastic Institute, located near Gopalgur village in the valley of Kangra, approximately 20km from Dharamsala. The Dorzong Monastic Institute aims at preserving the Buddhadharma in general and the teachings and the unique tradition of the Drukpa Lineage in particular, for the benefit of all beings. The project is due to be completed in 2009. When ready, it will help interested individuals from the neighboring Himalayas such as Zanskar, Lahaul (Garsha), Spiti and Kinnaur as well as Tibetans residing in India, to study and practice Buddhadharma, the spiritual tradition of their ancestors. Dorzong Monastic Institute will also offer seminars and lectures on Buddhist studies, and establish a publishing arm to publish rare Buddhist texts and commentaries and set up a translation department. There will also be classes that teach ethics, art and the Tibetan language. Traditional Buddhist festivals, rituals and ceremonies will also be organized. In the field of humanitarian activities, a medical center will be set up to help the poor and needy.

The Eighth Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche is one of the most learned and highly recognized spiritual masters among the Tibetan Buddhist teachers living today. His activities and wishes are only for the benefit of all sentient beings, and for the flourishing of the Drukpa Lineage.

For more information about Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche, his schedule and activities, please visit his official website: www.dorzongrinpoche.org

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Sakten Tulku Rinpoche

Biography will be available in due course.

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Trulshik Satrul Rinpoche

His Eminence Satrul Rinpoche is a reincarnate tulku of Trulshik Phuntshok Dechen Ling Monastery, currently in his eighth reincarnation. In the time of the Second Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche Thrinley Chokdrub, head of Tshechu Monastery, a deity predicted to him, "A great master of the secret transmissions will take rebirth as your disciple, and he will be able to benefit many beings." In this way, the Satrul lineage began.

The Satrul lineage originates from the Nirmakaya Vajrapani who first appeared as Kunkhyen Gorampa of the Sakya lineage, and then as Khenchen Jamyang Tenpei Dorje, the great abbot of Tsang Tanag Thubten Chokhor Ling Monastery, who was the first Sakya Trulku, thus the name "Satrul".

The Second Satrul Rinpoche was Ngawang Thubten Namgyal, the Third was Ngawang Chogyal, the Fourth was Thrinley Rabgye, the Fifth was Tendzin Wangyel; all of whom were great scholars, practiced strict moral disciplines, accomplished countless beneficial activities, full of compassion and wisdom, and taught widely.

The Sixth Satrul Rinpoche Rigdzin Chogyal Tenpei Nyima was born in the aristocratic family of Drungpa in Nangchen kingdom. The members of this family included a very important prime minister and advisors to the king of Nangchen, they were very powerful and influential, helping the king rule Nangchen in accordance with the Dharma. From a young age, Rigdzin Chogyal Tenpei Nyima studied the different aspects of Tibetan Buddhism, learned traditional paintings of spiritual objects, and accomplished the profound understanding of Sutrayana and Tantrayana. His main practice was Drukpa Lineage, and his main gurus were the Sixth Khamtrul Rinpoche Tenpei Nyima, the Seventh Adeu Rinpoche Chokyi Gyatso, Jamme Dharmashri, and many others, from whom he received all the transmissions and teachings of the Drukpa Lineage. The Sixth Satrul Rinpoche Rigdzin Chogyal Tenpei Nyima was also a great scholar who was well-known of his moral conduct and spiritual accomplishments. The king of Nangchen revered him as his personal guru. He presided over many empowerments, teachings and rituals, and he passed the quintessence of the Drukpa Lineage to Trulshik Kyabne Rinpoche, Jamme Lhamchog Rinpoche, Yangben Khenchen Tulku and many other Tulkus and the ordained Sangha of the local monasteries. The Sixth Satrul Rinpoche was renowned for his power to liberate the dead; after his prayers, auspicious omens would appear to indicate that the dead had gone to a better realm; therefore he was known as "the great master who liberates the dead". Many of his disciples and devotees also spoke about the miracles that their guru had performed in his lifetime. At the request of the Gyalwang Drukpa and Khamtrul Rinpoche, he wrote several Vajra songs and instructions based on the Drukpa Lineage, however as they were not recorded in woodblock format, these precious works were only spreading verbally among the local population, and were unable to go very far. In his life, the Sixth Satrul Rinpoche restored and constructed the main shrine, library and other buildings of Trulshik Monastery, it was said that the collection of statues, precious texts and Stupas was so wonderful that it was beyond expression. The Six Satrul Rinpoche passed away amidst auspicious omens at the age of 65.

The Seventh Satrul Rinpoche Kunzang Namgyal was born in the family of Khyungpo, an important minister to the king of Nangchen. After being recognized and enthroned, he took the Eighth Adeu Rinpoche as his main guru, from whom he received all the transmissions, instructions and teachings of the Drukpa Lineage, and practiced diligently. Unfortunately during the political turmoil, he passed away in 1958 during imprisonment.

The current Eighth Satrul Rinpoche Pema Thrinley was born in 1963 according to the prediction of Chogzig Chokyi Gonpo Rinpoche. In 1985, he was officially enthroned at Khampagar Monastery in Tashi Jong, in the presence of Choegon Rinpoche, Khamtrul Rinpoche, Adeu Rinpoche, Dorzong Rinpoche, Dugu Chogyal Rinpoche and Tsoknyi Rinpoche. In 1988, he was enthroned at his own monastery, Trulshik Monastery in Nangchen, Kham. Attending the enthronement ceremony were the prince of Nangchen, the Rinpoches and ordained Sangha of Tshechu Monastery, Jamme Monastery and seventeen other monasteries, witnessed by the representatives of local government and local devotees who came to observe the ceremony, to pay homage and receive blessings.

His Eminence the Eighth Satrul Rinpoche spent a long time studying at the Dzogchen Institute in Derge, learning Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan culture. From H.E. the Eighth Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche, he received many initiations, teachings and transmissions of the Drukpa Lineage, and the rituals of the old and new schools. He had also completed several sets of preliminary practices and countless recitation of mantras, adhering strictly to the texts. Satrul Rinpoche stays very close to Adeu Rinpoche, from whom he also received all the secret transmissions and samayas. From Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, he received several initiations and oral transmissions which helped him to increase his wisdom and understanding. From Tulku Orgyen Rinpoche, he also received several initiations and oral transmissions based on the Nyingmapa tradition. From Je Khenpo of Bhutan, he received many initiations and explanations of holy texts, with which he was able to deepen his knowledge and foundation of the Drukpa Lineage. Currently, Satrul Rinpoche is actively restoring Trulshik Monastery, and spreading the teaching of the lineage to benefit beings.

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Tsaptrul Rinpoche

As a disciple of the Fifth Gyalwang Drukpa Pagsam Wangpo, the First Tsaptrul Rinpoche (17th century) was originally the head of the Tsa-Shu monastery in Nangchen, Tibet.

He was invited to the Khampagar monastery in the Kham district by Tenpei Nyima, the Sixth Kyabjé Khamtrul Rinpoche. Tsaptrul Rinpoche then became the head of this monastery. Since then, his successive incarnations have directed the Khampagar monastery in Tibet.

When the Eighth Kyabjé Khamtrul Rinpoche had to flee Tibet in the 1960s, Tsaptrul Rinpoche chose to remain in order to care for Khampagar monastery where he died a few years later.

In 1969, the Fourth Tsaptrul Rinpoche was born to a family in India, near Tso Pema lake, exactly where Kyabjé Khamtrul Rinpoche had chosen to settle and who had founded the new Khampagar monastery in Tashi Jong.

Recognized by Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche, the fourth Tsaptrul Rinpoch was enthroned at the age of nine and received the name Mipham Shedrup Tenpai Rabsal.

Invited to Bhutan, the land of the Dragon, where he deployed his activity for several years, the Eighth Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche brought Tstaptrul Rinpoche with him in 1978 along with other Rinpoches and monks.

After receiving numerous empowerments and following the parinirvana of Kyabjé Khamtrul Rinpoche in Bhutan, Tsaptrul Rinpoche began a study of philosophical texts and practices and made several years of retreat at Tashi Jong.

His Eminence Kyabje Tsaptrul Rinpoche resides today in Tashi Jong at Khampagar monastery where he has numerous duties. In 2000 he was elected the vice-president of the monastery for three years and was re-elected in 2009 for a new term of three years.

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Losal Zangpo (Khenpo)

Venerable Khenpo Losal Zangpo was born in the Tibetan Ox year (1950) in the eastern Tibetan province of Kham. He became a monk at 11 years old and at a very young age received oral transmissions from H.H. Chokyi Lodo Rinpoche. When he was 14 he moved to Dalhousie and studied philosophy under Khenpo Rinchen, Khenpo Dazer, Khenpo Lozan Gyatso and Khenpo Choedar who initiated him in all four Buddhist traditions. Under the guidance of various yogis, Khenpo began to practice the Six Yogas of Naropa.

Since 1985, Khenpo has been teaching in Southern India, Nepal and Sikkim. In Bhutan, he has given teachings in the company of Je Khenpo, the spiritual leader of Bhutan. As well as leading meditation classes and retreats Khenpo also specializes in teaching sacred mask dancing, philosophy and thanka painting.

Khenpo divides his time between teaching monks at the Khamgar Druk College in Tashi Jong, and holding annual meditation classes in Argentina. He also finds time to teach numerous Western students individually.

For more information about Khenpo Losal Zangpo and Khamgar Druk College, kindly visit www.khamgardrukcollege.org.