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Langna Rinpoche

The following is a short biographic series of Master Rangrig Ralpa’s Reincarnations and a brief account on his 9th Reincarnation, H.E. Langna Rinpoche.

Just as his biography carries a mention to his effect, Gyalwa Drugchen Mipham Wangpo has once commented:

"Thesedays, a yogi who has gained control over his subtle wind-energy and the mind is to be found only in the person of the venerable Rang-rig Ras-chen. I must see if there is any possibility of seeking any pithy instruction from him on the wind-energy and the mind. As per an important message received, the master is currently undertaking a strict meditational retreat in the outskirts of La-chi area. However, it could be possible to set-up contact through the sealed door-hole. I should, therefore, turn up on the master to receive an audience and blessing, though requesting for an instruction on the six-yogas of the Great Seal would be out of place."

Also Padmasambhava, the great master who sees through all the three times (Past, Present and Future) has made the following revelations in several of the treasure-troves such as the Ratna–treasure while mentioning the circumstances and environment that correspond to our period of the ‘Kalayuga’:

"From the upper region of Ngari, an emanation of the master from Ogyen will arise;
he will demonstrate mysterious powers and will light up the lamp of the Doctrine."

He has further predicted:

"Among the devotees of the wrathful goddess the Black, shall appear an emanation of the master from Ogyen. Wandering around in the Ngari regions, he shall maintain a low profile, and would be known by the name Rang-rig Ras-pa. As a genuine renunciate-yogi himself, he shall have a large following of other renunciates."

Thus the master was born in a supreme region located in the upper part of Nga-ris. Even in his childhood, he would demonstrate acts of preaching of the suffering nature of samsara to his fellow playmates. He received teachings on the Six Dharmas of Great Seal from Zhab-drung Mi-pham Choegyal and his student Gyalse Tenpai Nyima, Choeje Dechog Guru and the great accomplisher Dewa Gyatso. Embraced by the goddess Vajra of Nagarkota, he attained spiritual accomplishments. He received instructions of 'Phowa' (transference of conciousness) called 'Jag –tshugs ma,' and others from the accomplished master Paksam-Yeshi from Hor.

Once when he visited the Arya Wati Sangpo of Kyidrong, he experienced a beam of five-colour light radiating down from the heart of this Arya-image and dissolve at the heart of this master. Thus, receiving the blessing of the wisdom of the five-lights. While remaining in meditation at Ngya-nang Dechen Teng, he was struck with a sever stroke of fever that almost pushed him out of his consciousness. However, he endured the hardship for twelve long years, and, this way overcame the devil of obstacles. In a region surrounded by snowy- mountains including that of Mount ‘Ta’, he met the bodhisattva Chagdor Norbu from whom he received instructions, in the course of which he marvelled at the experience of Self-aware consciousness he gained, and slipped into uttering "how wonderful!" He experienced the merger of his own mind with that of the exalted wisdom.

Steeped deep into the experience, he perceived the mysterious vision of Guru Padma in clear mirror of his clear light mind. The vision instigated him into further meditations, within the state of which he had vision of the great omniscient master Geleg Namgyal, the authoritative Metrepa, with whom he exchanged teachings. Besides, he received several sublime teachings. Thus, having realised the same ordinary mind to be only with the exalted wisdom, all elaborations of mind-grasping subsided. Thereby, he accomplished the supreme blessing of the Great Seal system. He also confirmed to his experienced the illusory exalted wisdom associated with experience of the Mahasiddhi Shawari, and reached the ultimate limits of spiritual realisations.

At the Turquoise Palace the Tsari pass, he remained for three years practising (Chud-len) Extracting Essence on grains. His fellow retreatants, even with sufficient logistics could not sustain and got worn down by the hardship, resulting in falling health. However, this master, despite very poor facilities, retained a glowing countenance and robust health. This achievement however, fed through his arrogance which unleashed severe health-failure ultimately leading to his death.

Later when his wisdom-body perched on the top of the Turquoise Palace, he experienced a verbal contact with the Goddess Dorje Phagmo who insisted on his continued service to the humanity. This stimulated him to undertake 'Entering in Bodhi' practice (which enabled him to re-appear among the humans, but in a totally different bodily form).
Although, he gained unimpeded vision of the gods of pure land, however he was not making much headway in his 'transference' practice from among the Six-dharmas of the Great Seal system. While he was pondering on this, the omniscient master Padma-karpo appeared before him in person. The entire surrounding was pervaded with the fragrance of his morality, and was bestowed the transmission on immediate-lineage practices, in general, and the 'transference', in particular. He was spirited to the shill-hill top the pure land where he receives blessings and verbal instractions from Goddess Vajra.

Following the Goddess' instruction he travels to Lodrag Mawo Chog to receive dharma instructions related to Khrosma-Nagmo at the feet of Master Tenzin Choswang. During the whole course of this, he experienced several pure visions. Stayed in 3-years retreat practising 'Essence–extraction'.

Soon after Tsang Lung Depa completed receiving teachings from the master, he asked of then to seal up the door of his cell, and to turn up only after three months. At the close of three months, while keeping very little hope of finding him alive, he opened the door of the cell and found, to his disbelief, the master was sporting even greater glow and lustre. He must have been sustained by the power of his meditative. Everyone presented was filling with faith and naturally paid respect. Once again, the master returned to Tsa-ri. From there, as was prophesised before, he remained there till the 10th Lunar month of the Earth-Pig year, and then travelled to Lhasa, despite the heavy snow that blocked the passage. From there, he travelled to Lachi and Tise, among others, the holy sites in the snow-covered mountains and cliffs, where he meditated. In the course of time, he attracted a large following. He is believed to have declared around that time. While i recollect having maintained a clear memory even in my mother's womb. Self aware of one's memory /Is a sign of placing mind on mind/ The capacity to arrest the observer on the awareness/ Is to realise the impart of Great Seal, the reality.

By then, he had attained uncontaminated, sublime knowledge. He served his followers with the gifts of both Dharma and material assets. All his relations and contacts he had with others turned out meaningful. He promoted the harmony between Nepal and Tibet. And overcame harmful spirits intended on bringing harm on others. He renovated the Bouddhanath stupa in Kathmandu. Among his last followers, he served several aspirants from Nga-ris. Depending on pills obtained from the mixture of eight primary and thousand secondary ingredients, he travelled to the Dakini land of Ogyen. Later, he returned to Pushpahari where he composed the prayer for dissemination of the Holy Dharma. He breathed his last in Kashmir on the 27th day of the 7th Lunar month of Water-Pig year.

The Second in the line of re-incarnations

Nyemo-raspa Samten Phuntsok, the second in the line of re-incarnations, was the chief disciple of Yongzin Jampal Pawo. He practised meditation for several years at the foothill of Mt. Kailash. In the course of his meditative years, in accordance with the predictions of the Gyalwang Drugchen, he established a new monastery which would be known ever since as the Jang-Langna-Gonpa, the Nges-don Phelgyas-Ling, kargyud monastery at the very site where the mystical master, Tsang Nyon Heruka, had meditated. The monastery derived its name, Jang Langna-Gon monastery in the shape of an eliphant's trunk situated in the north from its location, being erected against a hill with the shape of an elephants' trunk.

The Third Re-incarnation

The third re-incarnation was Kunga Lodoe Nyingpo. From early childhood the son was looked after by Gyalwang Drukpa and his chief disciple. He received complete transmissions of empowerment, Oral transmissions, and explanatory transmissions, and thus became a great beacon of light in the whole of Ladakh in promoting the interest of the Holy Dharma. He founded Dechen- Choeling, a new Dharma centre and a branch of Langna monastery at Ri-shod Chu-mud area. In the Iron-bird year, the bsTanpai sNyinpo Drub gyud Tendar Choeling monastery was completed fully, both in terms of exterior structure and interior designs. Thesedays it is known as Korzok monastery in Ladakh at Nomadic area known as Tsomoriri.

The Fourth Re-incarnationb

‘Kunga Chog-drub’

The Fifth Re-incarnation
‘Nyen-ngag Dadul’

The Sixth Re-incarnation
The biographical details concerning the fourth through the sixth reincarnations were not to be found at either the Dechen Choekhor monastery in Tibet, nor at Pretapuri monastery nor the headquarter monastery of Lang-na in the north. In the wake of the Hasakhapa raid, the monastery suffered irreparable damage and plunder.

The Eighth Re-incarnation

‘Ngawang-Ogyen Tsuglak-Chosphel Samten-Kuntu-Gawai-Gho-Cha- Zhedpai-De’. He was born as a son of Migmar Dhondrup and Dechen Dolma. Studied and trained under the guidance of His Eminence Apho-Rinpoch, he excelled all the rest of the disciples. In particular, he mastered the Six-Yogas of Naropa, involving the employment of energy channels, Prana energy and other yogic principles into the path, bringing in great accolades. He could travel to the
mountain where there was snow-cover, and would dry up drenched towel through his psychic heat. He must have done this countless times. Daring such exercises, the heat would be as great as to force-dry. Thus, confirming beyond doubt his mastering the yoga of psychic yoga, Chandilini. While in Darjeeling, for one whole winter staying there, he received some teachings Drukpa Kargyud tradition from the His Eminence Thuksey Rinpoche, the previous one, and the renowned abbot Noryang, in their presence he confessed for having a consort in his life.

After that he travelled back to his Korzok monastery in Ladakh. There he fell into seriously ill and at the age of 37 he died in Sonam Norbu hospital in Leh according to Tibetan moon calendar on10th .of 5th Month.

The Ninth Re-incarnation

We happened to drive by the gateway, adorned with sculpture of an elephant holding wish-fulfilling gem, of the Dhongyud Paldan Drukpa centre, Sangag-Chosling monastery, on her way to a Darjeeling Hospital for delivery that she gave birth to the baby in the car they were in. That was the 17th day of April, 1989, i.e. the 12th of the third Tibetan month of the Earth-Snake year within the 17th sexaantary cycle.

When the child was 15 days old, the great living life-line of the Nyingma tradition, the master Jadrel Sangye Dorjee asked for the child to be brought to him, performed certain blessing-rites including 'ka-go' (protection) and 'Khrus- sol' (ablution). He admonished to the child mother to take good care of the child and maintain good sanitation around him. He also predicted that the child would grow up to become of great service to the doctrine and the humanity. He then gave him the name "Sangay Tenphel' (Enhancer of the Buddha dharma).

Later, when the time has come for the formal recognition of the ninth reincarnation, the H H12th Gyalwang Drukpa Jigmed Pema Wangchen commented that all the preceding masters in the Langna lineage had been steeped deeply into meditation for their entire lives in solitary places, and that kept their fame from spreading far and wide.

In 1993, during the annual 'Cho-trul' (Miracles Festival), in Darjeeling on the 7th day, His Holiness Gyalwang Drugchen presided over the tonsure ceremony and declared the occasion especially auspicious for the dissemination
of the Buddha doctrine, in general, and the Dhongyud Paldan Drukpa tradition, in particular. He then gave the child a new name: Jigdhrel Kunsang Long Yang.

Since at his young age after his enthronement ceremony as a reincarnation of late 8th Langna Rinpoche, he used to live in Darjeeling, nearby Thubten Sangag choeling monastery where he received some empowerments related to Drukpa Kargyud lineage from H.H. Gyalwang Drukpa.

The young incarnated child was formally enthroned at the Kor-zod monastery in Ladakh 'Jang-thang' nomadic area in front of the imposing statue of the Shakyamuni Buddha on the 13th of July, Friday, 1994, which happened to be an auspicious day in astrological calculations.

In the year 2000 he received complete transmission of Kagyur Lung [the canonical text of Buddha] from the late master H.E. Kyabje Singdrag Rinpoche and the complete transmission of Khewang Sangey Dorje Sungbum, [the collected works of Khewang Sangey Dorje] from Lopon Kinley in Bhutan.

In the year 2001 at Namdroling monastery south India, where he studied mainly Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan language for some years. There he also got the opportunity to receive complete empowerment and transmission of Rinchen Terzod, and some other teachings on Tsalung Trulkhor, [the secret channel practice and yogas] and some empowerments of Nyingma tradition as well, from late H.E. Kyabje Penor Rinpoche.

In Nepal,he after receiving the complete Chagchen Ngondro teaching, [preliminary teaching of Drukpa Kargyud lineage] from H.H. Gyalwang Drukpa and other masters. He in the year 2002 successfully did four times Preliminary Retreat in Ladakh Hemis Gotsang and in the following year he practiced Nyingthig Preliminary Retreat in Darjeeling, Sonada. By the time between year 2004 and 2005 he succeeded in doing Jamyang Marser Retreat [Retreat of orange colour Manjushri] for three months and Chagdor Retreat [Vajrapani Retreat] for six months.

Since 2008 he resides in Bhuntar, Kullu at Dechen Choekhor monastery under the guidance of H.E. Kyabje Choegon Rinpoche. There he continued studying Buddhist philosophy from different abbots. There in Dechen Choekhor monastery he received Vajra Varahi empowerment from H.E. Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche and through the Vajra Varahi Retreat instruction given by Lama Achos, the teacher of Khamtrul Rinpoche, he did Phagmo Retreat for four months.
In the year 2008 he got a chance to receive complete empowerment of Nyingma Jangter tradition from H.E. Kyabje Taglung Tsetrul Rinpoche in Siliguri. As well as in year 2009 he received once again complete Rinchen Terzod empowerment from H.E. Kyabje Taglung Tsetrul Rinpoche in Mindroling monastery, Dehradun.

In the year 2010 he received complete empowerment of Nyingma Tersar tradition from Zongsar Kyentse Rinpoche in Spiti.

In the year 2011 he received complete empowerment of Nyingthig Yazhi empowerment from H.E. Kyabje Dodrupchen Rinpoche in Sikkim.

In the year 2012 he received half of Dorje Threngwa empowerment of Drukpa Kargyud tradition from H.H Gyalwang Drukpa in Nepal.

In Ladakh, nomadic area Tsomoriri, it has been remained as a Tradition there to celebrate Drukpa Tse Zhi festival every year, [the festival of Buddha Shakyamuni’s turnning the wheel of dharma] and he purposely attending the festival, he presides the festival and doing the ceremony together with Korzok monks in the main shrine hall of Korzok monastery and let the festival to celebrate in a prosperous and grandiose way. Then, he bestow his blessings and give audience to the people coming from different places like, Korzok, Rupshu , sumdho and Chumur etc.

After the festival, again as a custom there since many years, he engages himself to carry out spiritual activities like Mani Dhungdrup and Amidewa Dhungdrup, [the ceremony to recite one billion times Mani Mantra or Amidewa Mantras with monks and public] in different places, such as Korzok and Rupshu or any other places in Ladakh, for the wel-lbeing of these particular places and its inhabitants there and in the wider scale, for the world peace and harmony as well.
In the last few years, since Pad Yatra has begun, for the environmental improvement, led by H.H Gyalwang Drukpa, several times actively he also took participation in this movement.

He was appointed as a deputy chairperson of ADC Annual Drukpa Council by H.H. Gyalwang Drukpa, was held from in 27th October to 2nd November, 2012 in Hemis monastery, Ladakh.

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Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche Tenzin Chokyi Gyatso

His Eminence the Ninth Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche Tenzin Chokyi Gyatso was born at Sonam Ling, the first Tibetan Settlement in Ladakh in 1968 to father Tashi Chotob and mother Drukkyid Wangmo. Throughout the three days after his birth, though the butter of the lamp in Rinpoche's home was exhausted, its wick remained to be lit. This was considered to be an auspicious omen.

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Khamdag Trulku Jigmet Nawang Namgail

His Eminence Khamdrak Trulku JIgmet Nagawng Namgail was born in 1980 in Choglamsar Tahi Gatsal in Ladakh, India.

He is currently studying in Nepal.

He is appointed as one of the Deupty Chairman of the 6th ADC by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa.

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Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche Chokyi Senge

His Eminence the Ninth Drukpa Choegon Chokyi Senge was recognized at the age of four by H.H. the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu Lineage. Karmapa presented H.E. the Eighth Khamtrul Rinpoche with three letters detailing the precise location of Drukpa Choegon's whereabouts, the house, his family names, and the year of his birth. H.E. Khamtrul Rinpoche then along with many yogis visited Rinpoche's yogic parents in the remote Himalayan region of Kinnaur.

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Gyalwa Dokhampa Jigme Pema Nyinjadh

The Gyalwa Dokhampa Lineage

The coming of the Gyalwa Dokhampa lineage was prophesied by Guru Padmasambhava repeatedly in both the old and newly revealed Terma treasures (Tib. Terlung Ngachey). Enlightened masters such as Drupthob Lhawang Drakpa, Lochen Sangay Pelzang and Rigzin Jatshoen Nyingpo (a great master of the Nyingmapa Lineage), as well as many others have also predicted and praised the coming of the Kyabje Gyalwa Dokhampa lineage.

The term Khamtrul or Gyalwa Dokhampa literally means "the reincarnation (Trulku) from Kham" (in eastern Tibet), as the First Gyalwa Dokhampa Ngawang Tenphel (1569-1637)  came from the Kham region (present day it includes Kham and Amdo regions in eastern Tibet).

His Eminence the Ninth Gyalwa Dokhampa Jigme Pema Nyinjadh

His Eminence the Gyalwa Dokhampa  Jigme Pema Nyinjadh was born  in 1981, into the family of His Holiness the Twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa, and was recognised by His Holiness the HH Gyalwang Drukpa and HH Dalai Lama as the ninth  incarnation  of the Gyalwa Dokhampa.  He studied at Druk Thupten Sangag Choeling Monastery in Darjeeling, India, where he spent his childhood and teenage years under the guidance of his principal teacher, His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa.

In 2001, HE came to Bhutan to study in Tango University and he completed a nine-year course to attain his Master’s degree in Buddhist Philosophy from Tango Monastic University, Bhutan. He is now continuing the secret inner practices of the Vajrayana in Bhutan from both His Holiness the Je Khenpo and His Holiness Je Thrizur Tenzin Dhodup (the 68th Je-Khenpo of Bhutan).

His Eminence teaches worldwide bringing a young and vibrant viewpoint to traditional Buddhist teachings. Since 2000, he has shared his knowledge and  warmth  of personality with students in the USA, Europe, Mexico, Bhutan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Hong  Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and  Peru, he has led annual retreats in Nepal and Bhutan, and been a keynote speaker at the Buddhism and Science Symposium – ‘Growing a Beautiful Mind’ – in Singapore. He is also authored the book, "The Restful Mind", which was published in 2013. His Eminence also chaired Annual Drukpa Council for two consecutive years in 2009 and 2010 which was held in Drukpa Amitabha Mountain, Nepal.

His Eminence also frequently travels to Schools, Colleges and Institutes in Bhutan where he shares his wisdom warmth of personality with the younger generation of Bhutan. His Eminences led pilgrimages to several sacred sites in Lhuntse, Trashi Yangtse, Mongar and Bumthang.

Gyalwa Dokhampa  emphasises that Buddhism is not a religion, but rather a way to finding happiness. He also works to make Buddhist  ideals relevant to a modern  lifestyle, so that  they may be integrated  into everyday life, less through  self-help than through  selflessness and generosity to others: as we give to others, we give to ourselves.

For more information about Rinpoche, his schedule and activities, please visit his official website:

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Kyidrung Dungsey Rinpoche

Biography will be available in due course.

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Gyalwang Drukpa

The present Gyalwang Drukpa is the twelfth incarnation of the founder of the Drukpa Lineage, Tsangpa Gyare Yeshe Dorje (1161-1211). The successive reincarnation of the Drogon Tsangpa Gyare are recognized as the Spiritual head of the Drukpa Lineage and responsible for the spiritual guidence of over 800 Drukpa Monasteries, in Tibet, Nepal, Ladakh, Garsha Kinnuar and other parts of Indian Himalyas. The Gyalwang Drukpa's father is the Nyingmapa master Zhichen Bairo Rinpoche, the incarnation of Buddha Vairochana and thirty-sixth incarnation of the pandit Vairochana. Pandit Vairochana was an illustrious disciple of Guru Padmasambhava, and a renowned translator. Bairo Rinpoche is the former abbot of Kathok Zhichen Monastery in Kham, eastern Tibet. The Gyalwang Drukpa's mother, Mayum-la, is the daughter of a yogi, and a disciple of Dzogchen Rinpoche, His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche and many other great teachers.

The Gyalwang Drukpa was born in northern India, at Lake Rewalsar or 'Tso Pema' (the 'Lotus Lake') - a place sacred to Guru Padmasambhava. The birth took place during lama dances celebrating the auspicious 10th day of the first month. This day in the Tibetan calender is sacred to Guru Padmasambhava.

Several propitious omens occurred before and during the birth of the Gyalwang Drukpa. During his mother's pregnancy, Gyalwang Drukpa's parents often heard chanting of the Amitabha mantra coming from inside the womb. Also, thunderstorms, snow, a rainbow, and other signs were conspicuously present at his birth to celebrate the arrival of a great being. Apparently, the late Pawo Rinpoche, who was in Varanasi at the time, was aware of the birth of this unusual child and performed a Sur Chod to indicate his respect. On the same day, the supreme Nyingmapa leader, His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, offered a khata to the newborn child.

Even before learning to read and write, the young Gyalwang Drukpa was already familiar with the sacred texts. Whenever the pages of these texts were not arranged in their proper order, he would immediately recognize and point out the error. Moreover, the delicate and unusual child repeatedly proclaimed to his parents that he was a high lama who had a monastery and a lama's residence. One day the three-year-old boy told his father, "A man with a white beard is coming to take me back to my monastery". Soon after, the search team made up of his predecessor's disciples came to their home in Dalhousie. The 'man with a white beard' (the First Thuksey Rinpoche) had finally arrived, looking for the young child who could be the reincarnation of his late guru, the Eleventh Gyalwang Drukpa.

The little child recognized some of the former servants and disciples of the Eleventh Gyalwang Drukpa, and to their astonishment called them by their true names. He also correctly identified some of his predecessor's belongings from a collection of various artifacts. The First Thuksey Rinpoche immediately knew that this child was indeed the genuine reincarnation of his deceased guru. Immediately after his discovery, the young tulku was first enthroned at the late Khamtrul Rinpoche's monastery in Dalhousie. A year later, the four-year-old Gyalwang Drukpa was enthroned at his own Dotsok Monastery in Darjeeling, West Bengal.

Without difficulty or hindrance, the young Gyalwang Drukpa understood both the theoretical and practical aspects of the profound View, Meditation and Action. At the age of nine, he began to meditate under the personal guidance of the First Thuksey Rinpoche. Even at that young age, he experienced in meditation a deep compassion and unconditional love, through an intuitive understanding of the Ultimate View of Emptiness. Sometimes, the little Gyalwang Drukpa wept and spontaneously spoke about genuine impartial love and compassion, to the amazement of those around him.

From an early age, the Twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa manifested the extraordinary characteristics of a sublime spiritual being. Even before his discovery and official recognition, he was spontaneously kind and thoughtful to insects, animals, and all neglected, downtrodden creatures. He later became a vegetarian, after discovering that the piece of beef he was eating actually came from a cow which had earlier walked passed him.

When only six years old, the Gyalwang Drukpa earnestly began his training as the incarnate spiritual head of the Drukpa Order. He was brought up and educated by his principal guru, the First Thuksey Rinpoche (who was the Drukpa regent). He also received precious teachings from the late Venerable Khenpo Noryang; the late Khenpo Ngawang (main abbot of the Drukpa school and incarnation of Shawaripa, one of the eighty-four Mahasiddhas of India); the late Khenpo Ngawang Choedrak (his official tutor) and Bairo Rinpoche (his father). The Gyalwang Drukpa also personally received the complete transmission of the Nyingmapa tradition from the great Dzogchen master, the late His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche.

In addition, the Gyalwang Drukpa studied and practiced under several other exalted spiritual masters including the late Lobpon Kangri Kunsang Dorje Rimpoche, uone of the foremost yogis of this century, who spent most of his life in the wilderness contemplating Mahamudra and who was venerated by lamas of all the Tibetan schools; the Nyingmapa abbot and Dzogchen lineage holder, Kyabje Trulshik Rimpoche, Zhichen Ontrul Rinpoche, the compassionate master of the Nyingma Kathok lineage and Pawo Rinpoche, the late great Sarma lineage holder who was a master of both Mahamudra and Maha Ati. In recent years, the Gyalwang Drukpa also received profound teachings and instructions from H.E. Do Drupchen Rinpoche, revered Dzogchen master residing in Sikkim.

Without difficulty or hindrance, the young Gyalwang Drukpa understood both the theoretical and practical aspects of the profound View, Meditation and Action. At the age of nine, he began to meditate under the personal guidance of the first Thuksey Rimpoche. Even at that young age, he experienced in meditation a deep compassion and unconditional love, through an intuitive understanding of the Ultimate View of Emptiness. Sometimes, the little Gyalwang Drukpa wept and spontaneously spoke about genuine impartial love and compassion, to the amazement of those around him.

The Gyalwang Drukpa carries out his functions and responsibilities with great zest and patience as the spiritual head of all Drukpa monastries and dharma centres around the world. His dharma activities have spread to France, England, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, Mexico, Peru, America, Australia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia and Hongkong.

At present His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa's principal monastic and administrative seats are Druk Amitabha,Kathmandu, Nepal, The famous 400 years old Druk Hemis Jangchub Choeling in Ladakh,Jammu & Kashmir, India, Druk Thupten Sangnag Choeling in Darjeeling, West Bengal India. This monastery, known as Druk Thubten Sangag Choling, was founded by the late First Thuksey Rinpoche and named after Druk Sangnag Choeling, the administrative seat of Fourth Gyalwang Drukpa Pema Karpo (1527-1592) in Tibet.

His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa is an active environmentalist, educator and the spiritual head of the Drukpa Lineage, one of the main Buddhist schools of the Himalayas founded by the great Indian saint Naropa (1016-1100 CE) with a 1000-year legacy in India. He has millions of followers worldwide.

His Holiness’s core philosophy is to convert compassion into action, and create concrete solutions for today’s problems.

One of His Holiness’s main focuses is on environmental preservation and education, which puts into action the core Buddhist tenet that all beings are interconnected and interdependent.

His mission is to promote universal harmony and inner peace by integrating the spiritual tenets of love and appreciation into daily life. His work includes promoting gender equality; establishing educational institutions, medical clinics and meditation centers; and rebuilding heritage sites in the Himalayas. He is the founder and spiritual director of the award-winning Druk White Lotus School in Ladakh, India, which provides its students with a modern education while preserving their local culture.

In 2007, His Holiness founded the not-for-profit international humanitarian organization Live To Love. In September 2010, the United Nations honoured His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa with the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Award for his effort in promoting environmental education and gender equality, as well as for his various humanitarian works through various chapters of Live To Love to “create compassion into action”. In December 2011, His Holiness received the Green Hero Award from the President of India Smt Pratibha Patil, at the NDTV-Toyota 1st Greenathon Awards Ceremony in New Delhi, India, in the presence of Farooq Abdullah, Minister of New and Renewable Energy, and NDTV Chairman, Dr. Prannoy Roy.

Utilizing a holistic approach to solving problems, His Holiness spearheaded numerous environmental projects and educational initiatives in India. He works diligently to “green” the world through tree planting. He had organized two green events that broke the Guinness World Records for most trees planted simultaneously. On 10th October 2010 at 10:10:10, 9,313 people came together on a site near the famed Hemis Monastery in Ladakh, north India, planting 50,033 trees in 33 minutes 25 seconds. Two years later, he led 9,814 people in planting 99,033 trees in less than one hour. He has plans to plant over 2 million trees throughout the Himalayan region and Pan India, which will improve air quality as well as stabilize soil and prevent mudslides.

His Holiness is also focused on environmental education. One of his main projects is the Druk White Lotus School in Ladakh, which has been awarded numerous international accolades for its green architecture. His Holiness is also building environmentally-sound monasteries and nunneries in India. These buildings provide exemplars for others to follow, and help to teach rural communities the importance of environmental protection.

His Holiness also worked to assist those impacted by natural disasters – the sad outcome of poor environmental choices. Recently, His Holiness’s Live to Love international and domestic chapters have provided immediate disaster relief to the thousands impacted by flash flooding in Ladakh and he has plans to qualify his monks and nuns to provide disaster relief services for future needs.

His Holiness visited more than 50 villages affected in the disaster to meet with all the affected families, and his Live to Love volunteers gave away the much needed relief materials to the villagers in the remote areas of Ladakh. In all his encouraging advices to the Ladakhis, he said that the disaster should not be wasted and should be used as a lesson to remind all of us the importance of taking care of our mother earth, our common and only home.

In addition to his work outlined above, His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa sits on the Earth Awards Selection Committee along with Jane Goodall, Richard Branson and Diane Von Furstenberg. Spearheaded by Prince Charles of the United Kingdom, the Earth Awards Selection Committee identifies and recognizes viable innovations that improve the quality of life.

His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa is an avid writer; he writes all the messages on his personal website.

Category: Lineage Masters

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.

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Category: Lineage Masters

Dawa Tsering Tulku Rinpoche

Biography will be available in due course.

Category: Lineage Masters

Gyeltshen Tulku Rinpoche

Kuenzang Tenpai Gyeltshen or popularly known as Gyeltshen Tulku was born to a humble couple near Chorten Kora in Trashi Yangtsi, eastern Bhutan, in the year 1953. When he was about five to six years’ old, both his parents left the world and he had to work as a servant for a few years.Only when he became nine years’ old that he was recognized as the incarnation of Thrulzhi Lam Gyeltshen by His Eminence Lama Sonam Gyeltshen and was installed as the incarnation at the seat of his predecessor.

At his monastery he studied under the tutelage of Ngagtoen Pema Wangchuk who was a disciple of his predecessor. At age twelve, Lama Sonam Zangpo introduced him to His Eminence the First Drukpa Thuksey Rinpoche in Darjeeling where he would study for the next ten years.

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