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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.