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hhchuHis Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang
The first incarnation of Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang Rinpoche was born in 1595. The 36th successor of Drikung Kagyu Lineage and the 8th present reincarnation of Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang Rinpoche was born in Tibet in 1942, in the well known Lhagyari family, the lineage of the Tibetan kings.

His Holiness was four years old when he was enthroned at Drikung Thil. His Holiness received all the empowerments and oral transmissions of the Kagyu teachings as well as the teachings of the Drikung Kagyu lineage from his private tutors and a few illustrious teachers.

In 1959 the Chinese put him in prison for fifteen years. In 1980, His Holiness was permitted to visit India for pilgrimage and in 1992, once again His Holiness came to Jangchubling, Dehra Dun, India during the inauguration of Drikung Kagyu Institute. During his visit in 1992, His Holiness gave many teachings and empowerments to the public. His Holiness is at present living in Lhasa, Tibet.

hhcheHis Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang
The 37th successor of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage and 7th reincarnation of Konchok Rinchen is a manifestation of Avalokiteshvara. His Holiness was born into the well known Tsarong family of Lhasa in 1946. he was recognized at four and a half years of age and formally enthroned in Drikung Thil. His Holiness received different initiations and transmissions of the general Kagyu teachings as well as the unique teachings of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage.

In 1959 Rinpoche had to leave his monastery. His Holiness' family had already fled Tibet for India. His Holiness was adopted by his teacher, Tritsab Rinpoche and he lived in Lhasa. His Holiness attended elementary and middle school and excelled in sports.

His Holiness experienced the Cultural Revolution first in Lhasa, after which he was sent to a farm west of Lhasa. His Holiness labored during five years for long hours under extremely harsh conditions. In 1975, His Holiness managed to escape to Nepal and India, ultimately joining his family in the United States. Many people urged Holiness to return to India. In 1978, His Holiness took up residence in Phyang monastery in Ladakh.

The following 10 years were devoted to study and practice, with much time being spent in retreat under the guidance of Retreat Master Yogi Kyunga Rinpoche. His Holiness did the traditional three years retreat in Lamayuru monastery. His Holiness also received teachings from other Tibetan Buddhist sect. Wtih Khenpo Noryang, His Holiness studied Buddhist philosophy and the general Kagyu teachings. From His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche he received all the essence teachings of the eight schools of Tibetan Buddhism. His Holiness also received teachings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness 16th Gyalwa Karmapa (transmission of the 6 Yogas of Naropa) and from His Holiness Taglung Shabdrung Rinpoche (transmission of the Taglung Kagyu teachings). His Holiness is at present living at Drikung Kagyu Institute, Dehra Dun, India.

garchenHis Eminence Garchen Rinpoche
His Eminence Garchen Triptrul Rinpoche is a Drikung Kagyu lama who was known in the thirteenth century as the Siddha Gar Chodingpa, a heart disciple of Kyobpa Jigten Sumgon, founder of the Drikung Kagyu lineage. In ancient India, he had incarnated as Mahasiddha Aryadeva, the lotus-born disciple of the great Nagarjuna. In the seventh century, he was known as Lonpo Gar, the minister of the Tibetan Dharma King Songtsen Gampo.

His present emanation appeared in 1936 in eastern Tibet and was recognized and enthroned by the former Drigung Kyabgon Zhiwe Lodro.

At the age of seven Rinpoche was brought to Lho Miyal Monastery. There, in a room full of status, he was asked to identify his lama. Pointing to a statue of Kyobpa Jigten Sumgon, he said, "He is my lama." Thus, he was recognized as the true holder of the Garchen throne. From the age of eleven, Garchen Rinpoche lived at and administered this monastery.

Studying and practicing under the direction of the Siddha Chime Dorje, he received vast and profound instructions on the preliminary practices (ngondro), the fivehold practice of mahamudra and the six yogas of Naropa. Then, at the age of twenty-two, after completing a two and a half year retreat, he was imprisoned for twenty years during the political turmoil of China’s Cultural Revolution.

While in the labor camp, Rinpoche received all Dzogchen teachings and meditation instruction from his root lama, the Nyingma Khenpo Munsel, Enduring hardship and practicing secretly, Garchen Rinpoche realized the lama’s inconceivable wisdom mind. His accomplishment was greatly impressed by his teacher and praised by this teacher that there is no doubt that Rinpoche is the actual emanation of a great Bodhisattva.

Since his release from prison in 1979, Garchen Rinpoche has made great effort to rebuild the Drikung Kagyu monasteries of eastern Tibet and to reestablish the precious Dharma teachings there.

He is presently involved in the establishment of a monastic college at Gar Monastery and two boarding schools for the children of nomadic families. He is also engaged in a variety of projects to restore Gar Monastery to its former glory. In the United States, Rinpoche has recently established Ari Gar Zangchup Choling and Drikung Mahayana Centers for the teaching and practice of the buddhadharma.

His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche, "a great Drikung Kagyu yogi of the present time" praised by His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche and is respected by many Tibetan lamas as a pure and realized master. An accomplished practitioner of Mahamudra and Dzogchen. Rinpoche’s radiant presence inspires and delights students as the loving mother gathers her children close with sheltering, loving, encouraging, admonishing, laughing, inviting, prodding, teaching, reminding, singing…

Always Rinpoche seemed to teach that specific meaning for which one’s own heart yearned. And always his teachings and his example were both brilliantly inspiring and deeply satisfying – showing us the ideal, giving us skillful means by which to realize it. Through teachings on Nature of Mind and Mahamudra, the Vajra Songs of Milarepa, limitless aspiration prayers offered for all beings, Tummo and Guru Yoga practices, the Refuge and Bodhisattva lay ordinations, and teachings on Bodhisattva activity through cultivating the Four Immeasurables and the Thirty-Seven Bodhisattva Practices, Rinpoche poured out the lineage nectar: devotion, compassion, Muhamudra.

It is a very rare opportunity in samsaric lives to meet a genuine Bodhisattva/Buddha. To be able to serve an authentic teacher who can guide us on the unmistaken Dharma Path, it is not only due to the cause and condition from our past accumulated merits, the future is also depend on the cause and condition of what we do in this life. We should all preserve this precious human life and such rare opportunity to keep to our hearts of dharma practices and develop the faith toward the authentic dharma teachers.

togdenH i s E m i n e n c e C h o e j e T o d g e n R i n p o c h e

His Eminence Togden Rinpoche is the highest Drikung Kagyu Lama in Ladakh. When he was one and a half years old he was recognized by the head of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage in Tibet as the reincarnation of Togden Rinpoche and later enthroned as the Ladakh Choje. Chojes or Dharma Lords essentially act as ambassadors of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage to holy Drikung Kagyu areas such as Mt. Kailash, Tsari, Lapchi and Ladakh. In addition to being the Choje of Ladakh, His Eminence is also believed to be the emanation of the great Indian Mahasiddha, Hungchen Kara.

Togden Rinpoche started his education at a very early age. Accompanied by his tutor he travelled to the Drikung Monastery in Tibet in 1951 and studied there until 1960.

His Eminence Choje Togden Rinpoche is a renowned Buddhist scholar with profound experiential understanding of the Dharma, he holds the transmission of a vast array of teachings including Gongchik, Yamantaka, Phowa, and Dharmapalas of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage. The former head of the Nyngmapa Lineage, Kyabje Dujom Rinpoche, initiated His Eminence as his successor for imparting the empowerments of Rinchin Terzo, the Nyngmapa Terma Treasury. Shortly after his initiation, he revealed mind treasures from several sacred hidden places.

As an engaged Buddhist practitioner, Choje Togden Rinpoche has made major contributions to the develpoment of Ladakh and is known for his special powers to heal and dispel obstacles.

drubwangM o s t V e n e r a b l e D r u b w a n g R i n p o c h e

Drubwang Konchok Norbu Rinpoche was born in Drikung,Tibet in 1921. He entered Drikung Nyima Changra Buddhist Institute at a very young age, and studied Buddhist philosophy. After his graduation, Drubwang Konchok Norbu Rinpoche became the disciple of one of the foremost contemporary retreat masters of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage, Drubwang Pachung Rinpoche (1901-1988). Under the guidance of Drubwang Pachung Rinpoche, Drubwang Konchok Norbu went on retreat for many years.

It was during a 10 year retreat that Drubwang Konchok Norbu Rinpoche gained the supreme experiential understanding of Mahamudra. Many a time he saw His Holiness the Dalai Lama in his vision. Drubwang Konchok Norbu Rinpoche is 79 years old. He lives in the Drikung Kagyu Institute in northern India . Some Time ago Drubwang Rinpoche forewarned that he would leave this world for the benefit of all sentient beings.

At the request of H.H. Dalai Lama, Drubwang Rinpoche agreed to stay on for a few more years, and in September 1999, His Holiness wrote a long life prayer for Rinpoche at the request of the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, the Supreme Co-Head of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Drubwang Konchok Norbu Rinpoche does not give tantric empowerments or lofty teachings on Mahamudra, or on Mahasandhi. Through his deep compasion he encourages and inspires people to do the simplest of all dharma practices: Extend kindness, and recite Om Ma Ni Pad Me Hung, and Om Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hung.

ontulM o s t V e n e r a b l e O n t u l R i n p o c h e

My previous incarnations are connected with Drikung Orgyen Nuden Dorje, a great discoverer of hidden teachings (gter ston) of the last century. He was well known as an emanation of Nyang Ban Tingdzin Sangpo, a great master at the time of the 8th-century Tibetan emperor Thri Song Detsen.

The elder brother of Nuden Dorje and first Ontul was Kungsang Drodul. He was born into a noble family lineage in the village of Zalmo Gang in Kham province of Eastern Tibet. The 5th Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche Thugje Nyima (1828-1889) recognized him to be the emanation of Brog Ban Khiu Chung Lotsawa, one of the twenty-five main disciples of Guru Padmasambhava. Since Kunsang Drodul was the elder brother of Orgyen Nuden Dorje, his successive incarnations are known as Ontul, which means "the incarnation of the elder brother".
I myself was born in Kham Nangchen in Eastern Tibet in the year 1950. My family lineage is called Gope, or also Pebon Thogtrul, which is one of the thirteen noble family lineages which are again explained as stemming from the inner lineage of Lodan Nyingpo, who is one of the four ancient Tulkus of Bon religion, before Padmasambhava's time.

In 1954, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche and His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa recognized me as the incarnation of Ontul, and I was given the name Konchog Tenzin Thrinle Rabgye Palzangpo. Accordingly, in the same year I was enthroned in the Monastery Dong Med Ogmin Thubten Shedrub Ling. Lama Kalsang Namgyal, the attendant of my previous incarnation, took the responsibility for giving me my basic education such as in reading and writing, reciting texts, etc.

In 1959 when the Chinese Communist army occupied Tibet, my tutor Kalsang Namgyal and I left my home monastery and, together with many monks and people of our villages, we began our flight from Tibet to India. On the way we experienced terrible thirst and hunger, and we were constantly threatened by the Chinese soldiers. In spite of many difficulties, we managed to cross the Tibetan border and arrived in India through Nepal. Life in India was also not easy because we did not have a place of our own to settle down. We were forced to wander from place to place for almost fourteen years.

In India, again I met Drikung Khadro Neni Rinpoche (mkha' ro or dakini signifies a highly realized female yogi). She introduced me to Ven. Khenpo Thubten, a great Nyingmapa teacher. The first teaching which I received from the Khenpo was an extensive instruction on the Longchen Nyingthig Ngondro practice. Later I received teachings from Khenpo Thubten on several important texts.
On different occasions I received Mahamudra and Dzogchen teachings from H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, H.E. Khunu Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen, H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, H.E. Kalu Rinpoche and others. From the yogi Khyung Ka Rinpoche, I received teachings and his personal instructions on the fivefold profound path of Mahamudra. In the years which followed, I went to Ladakh where I received most of the important empowerments, instructions and oral transmissions of the Drikung Kagyu tradition from H.E. Choje Togden Rinpoche. I spent several years in Ladakh and travelled with Togden Rinpoche extensively in Ladakh to visit several Drikung monasteries with him.

After coming back to India, in 1971 I bought a piece of land at Tso Pema (Rewalsar, H.P.) from the donations which I received from the people of Ladakh. With the help of my monks I managed to construct a monastery on this piece of land. Tso Pema means the "Lotus Lake", and this is one of the sacred places where Guru Padmasambhava demonstrated his miraculous powers. The purpose of his exhibiting miracles on that place was to subdue the king and the people of that region, which was then known as Sahor. It took many years for me to complete the monastery with the sacred objects, ritual instruments, and other necessary things. Now the monastery is almost complete and nearly thirty monks are residing there, maintaining the tradition of the Drikung Kagyu.

In 1978 H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche recognized the 7th incarnation of the Terton Ogyen Nuden Dorje and gave him the name Konchog Lhundrub Nyendrag Namgyal. At that time the young Tulku was only three years old. In 1980 he was enthroned as the spiritual head of our monastery. At present he is studying at the Drikung Kagyu Institute in Dehra Dun, U.P., India.

In 1983 I made a journey to central Tibet and Kham, my first visit to Tibet after I escaped in 1959. First I reached Lhasa and then after making a short visit to Drikung Til, I traveled to my monastery in Eastern Tibet. It was one of the bigger Drikung monasteries in that area and it is located close to my birth place.
During the Cultural Revolution the main monastery was completely destroyed. Through the effort of three Tulkus (Tulku Thupnying, Gyaltsep Tulku, Tulku Phulltsok), and Lopon Gonjam, monks, and the local people it is being rebuilt now, some parts have already been completed. There are about one hundred monks, some of them are in retreat of ''Chagchen Ngaden". Since Yogi Pachung Rinpoche passed away, they are guided by his main disciple, Ven. Gelong Tenzin Nyima.

In this area I spent almost six months attending several ceremonies in my monastery, giving empowerments and teachings to the monks and local people. I also initiated "Vajra Khilaya Dupa" (annual ritual) in our monastery and since then it is done for ten days annually. Our Monastery has several branch monasteries, among them Bumang Monastery. Their Rinpoche died during the Cultural Revolution. His reincarnation, now eleven years old, was recognized by H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche and at present is studying in Drikung Kagyu Institute, Dehradun, U.P., India. Our monastery also has one branch nunnery which was destroyed completely by the Chinese communists. Since 1993 it is under reconstruction and some nuns are practicing Dharma there.

From Kham, I returned to Drikung in Central Tibet in the autumn of the same year. At Drikung Til monastery I had the opportunity to meet Yogi Pachung Rinpoche.

From him I received oral transmissions and teachings, which I, together with Ven. Gelong Tenzin Nyima, repeated thoroughly and then practiced. During this time I met H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang Rinpoche who was residing at Lhasa. After staying in Drikung for a period of nearly three weeks, I came back to our monastery at Tso Pema in Northern India.

gyaltsenM o s t V e n e r a b l e K h e n c h e n K o n c h o k G y a l t s e n R i n p o c h e

The village of Tsari and the surrounding areas are among the most sacred places in Tibet . It was there that the most Venerable Khenchen Rinpoche Konchog Gyaltsen was born in the spring of 1946, and it was there that he spent his early years. In 1959, because of the political situation in Tibet , Khenpo Rinpoche fled to India with his family. The family then settled in Darjeeling , where Rinpoche began his education. Even at a young age, he was an excellent and dedicated student, and was able to complete his middle school studies in less than the average time.
At about this same time, a new university, the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, opened in Varanasi , India . Determined to be among its first students, Khenchen Rinpoche traveled to Varanasi , in October 1967 to seek admission. He then began a nine-year course of study that included Madhyamika, Abhidharma, Vinaya, the Abhisamayalankara, and the Uttaratantra, as well as history, logic, and Tibetan grammar. In early 1968, he had the good fortune to take full monastic ordination from the great Kalu Rinpoche and, shortly after graduating from the Institute, he received teachings from the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa on The Eight Treasures of Mahamudra Songs, by the Indian mahasiddhas.

Even after completing this long and arduous course of study, Khenchen Rinpoche wanted only to deepen his knowledge and practice of the Dharma. With the same intensity that he brought to his earlier studies, Rinpoche sought out and received teachings and instructions from great Buddhist masters. One was the Venerable Khunu Lama Rinpoche, with whom Khenchen Rinpoche studied two works of Gampopa The Jewel Ornament of Liberation and The Precious Garland of the Excellent Path. Rinpoche's studies with the Venerable Khunu Lama also included Mahamudra and many of the songs of Milarepa.

In all his studies, The Jewel Ornament of Liberation is one of the texts that Khenpo found to be most inspiring. Lord Gampopa lays out the teachings in a clear and systematic way that is understandable to beginners. At the same time, the work is of such profound depth that scholars and practitioners can study it over and over and still not fully grasp its meaning. He has said on several occasions, "Anyone who knows the Jewel Ornament well can say that they really understand Buddhism."

Maintaining a balance between theoretical understanding and the practice of meditation, Khenpo Rinpoche began a three-year retreat in 1978 under the guidance of the enlightened master Khyunga Rinpoche. During this time, he was able to deepen and enhance his understanding of The Five-fold Path of Mahamudra and the profound Gong Chik text of Lord Jigten Sumgon. He also received many other transmissions.

In 1985, Khenchen Rinpoche traveled to the main seat of the Drikung Kagyu lineage, Drikung Thel, in Tibet . There, he was able to receive personal blessings, as well as instructions and transmissions of Mahamudra and the Six Yogas of Naropa, from the enlightened master Venerable Pachung Rinpoche.

In 1982, the force of karma and the requests of many practitioners combined to bring Khenchen Rinpoche to the United States . By late 1983, the Tibetan Meditation Center was well established in Washington , DC . Their original location was the site of innumerable teachings, practices, retreats and ceremonies. In September 1984, and again in 1987, the young Center was blessed with personal visits and teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Through Khenchen Rinpoche's and the Center's efforts, Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche visited later in 1987, and people in several states were able to receive benefit from his teachings and presence.

Wanting the teachings of Dharma to reach as many people as possible, Khenchen Rinpoche has quickly adapted himself to Western forms of communication. He has made appearances on television, been a guest on many radio programs, lectured extensively at colleges and universities, and spoken to the public through countless newspaper articles. Between 1983 and 1990, Khenchen Rinpoche singlehandedly translated critical Drikung Kagyu practices, prayers and histories into English. The originals of the texts were all written out by his hand: Achi Chokyi Drolma, Amitabha, Bodhicitta, Chakrasamvara, Chod, the complete Ngondro, Five-fold Mahamudra, Four-Session Guru Yoga, Green Tara, Lama Chopa and tsok, Mahakala, Mandala offering, Manjushri, Medicine Buddha, Milarepa Guru Yoga, Nyung Ne, Peaceful Guru Padmasambhava, Phowa, Refuge, Chenrezig, Vajrapani, Vajrasattva, Vajrayogini, and White Tara. The Illusory Body teachings, Supplication to Tara , Treasury of Benefit and Happiness, Meaningful to Behold, many other prayers and three of his four books were all translated and published during this time. This priceless work formed the essential base from which the holy Dharma could be taught and practiced.

For different reasons, Khenchen Rinpoche and the Tibetan Meditation Center moved to Frederick , Maryland in November 1991. Nestled inside a state park, the Center is now situated on four wooded acres. A small temple has been built there, and was consecrated by His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche in 1994. With this larger facility and in surroundings more conducive to contemplation, Rinpoche has been able to benefit even more people with his teachings. Now that Western students are becoming interested in long term retreat practice, plans are being made to establish a residential retreat center nearby.

In more recent years, Khenchen Rinpoche spends a great deal of his time traveling in order to give teachings and lead retreats. He has established centers throughout the US and in Chile , and he frequently visits in Europe , especially Germany and Austria , as well as Southeast Asia . Last year, he taught the Gong Chik to the monks and nuns at the Drikung Kagyu Institute in Dehra Dun, India . With the financial assistance of the Tibetan Meditation Center's Text Project , Rinpoche arranged for 1,200 copies of the text to be printed, and then distributed them to monks, nuns and monasteries in India , Nepal and Tibet.

Rinpoche consistently strives to make important texts available to the public and to provide his students with thorough and systematic training in the Dharma. A skilled and dedicated translator, he has published four books before this one -- Prayer Flags is a small book which contains brief life stories of Gampopa, Phagmo Drupa and Lord Jigten Sumgon , as well as some Dharma-realization songs by lineage masters. There are some short teachings on the stages of Mahamudra practice, and condensed instruction on how to carry the experiences of sickness and death into one's practice.

The Garland of Mahamudra Practices is very helpful for those who already have a little understanding of the Dharma. It contains a description of all the Ngondro practices: the four foundation thoughts (precious human life, awareness of impermanence, karma and the suffering of samsara) , the four extraordinary preliminary practices (refuge, Vajrasattva, mandala offering, and Guru Yoga), yidam practice, special guru yoga and a mahamudra session itself. The mahamudra section a little more detailed, but still quite condensed. There are basically two points -- establishing the view of mahamudra and then how to practice it.

In Search of the Stainless Ambrosia is good for beginners and more advanced practitioners. First, it summarizes the fundamental teachings of refuge, love and compassion, and the six paramitas. Then, there are short sections on mahamudra and yidam practices, the experience of dying, an explanation of Chod practice and some Phowa teachings.

The Great Kagyu Masters is a translation of a 13th Century text which puts the life stories of the great masters together in one volume. It is very helpful to practitioners to have these accounts available for inspiration and guidance.

Two other books are in production and will be released soon. One is a Handbook for Practitioners, which is designed for study by individuals or groups without ready access to a lama. The second one is a translation of A Hundred Verses of Advice, a profound yet accessible teaching written by Drikung Dharmakirti.

In each case, Rinpoche has taken enormous care to make the translations as precise as possible. Because he himself has been so moved by these words that come directly from great masters, he believes it is critical that these same words be presented in an unadulterated manner. For example, to translate this text, he and his editor went through the entire text word by word four times, sometimes spending an hour or more on a single phrase or sentence. It is his sincere hope that, through this painstaking effort, many others will be as inspired as he was by these precious Dharma teachings.

Remembering the struggles of his early years, Khenchen Rinpoche inspires and supports monks, nuns and lay people in their practice of the Dharma and is always ready to assist them in whatever way he can. To all, he gives of himself freely. With his heart and mind turned firmly toward the Dharma, he compassionately and patiently shows the way.

nupaM o s t V e n e r a b l e N u p a R i n p o c h e

The 12th Nubpa Tulku Konchok Tenzin Rinpoche was recognized (while still in his mother's womb) by the 34th Drikung Throne Holder, His Holiness Shewe Lodro (1874-1945). Rinpoche was enthroned when he was only five years old and started formal studies at the age of six. He learned Tibetan scripture and ritual practices from Pasang until the age of 14. At 15, he joined the Sun-ray Garden Institute (Nyichang Shedra, located near Drikung Thil Monastery) for higher Buddhist philosophical and Tantric studies.
Nubpa Rinpoche has received all of the Drikung Protector initiations and transmissions from H.E. Lho Drongtul Rinpoche. He has received all of the Fifty Collections of Initiation, the Treasure of Kagyu Instructions, the Treasure Discoverer Yangzab teaching (by Gyalwang Rinchen Phuntsok), and the Yamantaka from Regent H.E. Tritsab Rinpoche, as well as the Nyingma Collection of Initiations from the previous H.E. Nyizong Tripa Rinpoche.

By 1959, Rinpoche had mastered the Chinese language. By 1966, due to the political changes in Tibet , he had learned the ways of the farmer. Returning to Lhasa in 1974, he found work as a stone mason, but in 1979, Rinpoche resumed his academic career as the editor of the magazine, the "Tibetan Buddhist Association". In 1989, under the arrangement of the 10th Pachen Lama, Rinpoche joined the Peking Buddhist College of Higher Studies and there received his academic degree.

Rinpoche always says that his time spent learning about Buddhist teachings was very precious, as were the oral transmissions he received from Pachung Vajradhara, Khenchen Jigmey Phuntsok, and Gyendun Gyatso, among others.

In 1992, he arrived in India to serve His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Trinley Lhundub, his root Guru, who was then working to preserve the Drikung Lineage. While there, Rinpoche became the supervisor for the re-publications of the 24th Drikung Throne Holder's, His Holiness Kunkhen Ringzen Chodrak's (1595 to 1659), fifteen volume compendium of transcribed oral instructions from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition {Kabum}. Rinpoche has received many authentic teachings and oral transmissions from those living and parinirvana masters.

Since that time, Rinpoche has conducted retreats whenever possible in Labchi, the holiest place of Yogi Jetsun Milarepa. These retreats involve an arduous, week-long journey by foot. Rinpoche made one extended retreat for more than three years and has since made four additional journeys there.Today, due to Rinpoche's altruistic mind of enlightenment, over thirty practitioners have gathered on "conduct" retreats under his guidance in that holy place. As a result of his loving kindness and compassion, there are plans to build a monastery in Kathmandu , Nepal for the sake of all Dharma practitioners.

ayangH i s E m i n e n c e C h o e j e A y a n g R i n p o c h e

His Eminence K.C. Ayang Rinpoche was born into a nomadic family in eastern Tibet after numerous auspicious signs appeared. He was recognised to be a reincarnate Drikung Kagyu lama by a delegation of high lama including Ayang Drubchen Tenpal Nyinpa. Melong Drubchen, Traleg Kyamgon, Chabdra Rinpoche (the tutor Of H.H. the Drikung Kyabgon), and the sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa.

Following his early education at Drikung Thil Changchub Ling, the main monastery of Drikung, he continued his studies at Nyinma Chang Ra, the Drikung philosophical college. He received all the initiations of Rinchen Ter Dzod and Kagyu Ngag Dzod from Nyinsum Tripa, a great Drikung lama. The second tutor of H.H. the Drikung Kyabgon, Ayang Thupten gave him the teachings of the Six Yoga of Naropa and Mahamudra. From Khenpo Tsense Sangpo, he received all Nyingthig initiations and teachings as well as his first Phowa teaching (this of the Nyingma tradition). He received the Upadesha from a great Nyingma Yogi, Rahor Chodra Rinpoche.

After finishing his studies and receiving many teachings he went on pilgrimage in Tibet to many of the holy places of Guru Rinpoche, doing a lengthy retreat at Phulung, where Guru Rinpoche practiced Phowa for a long time. At the end of the retreat, he performed an offering puja which was attended by many Naga, who came with offerings and circumambulated his retreat while performing mantras of Guru Rinpoche. Venerable Ayang Rinpoche felt that this was a great sign and felt it might mean that in the future he would be teaching Phowa in foreign countries.

After leaving Tibet, he received the Kalachakra initiation from H.H. the Dalai Lama in Lhasa, and in Rumtek, H.H. the sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapo gave him the initiations and oral transmissions of Chagchen Kundzod Chig She Kundrol and a special Mahamudra introduction. From Dilgo Khyentse Rinposhe in Bhutan, he received the Dam Nag Dzod, which contains the essence of all initiations and teachings of all schools. He is a lineage-holder of both the Nyingma and Drikung Phowa , and has done extensive retreat on the practice.

Ayang Rinpoche is also the founder of two monasteries, including Thupten Shedup Janchub Ling at Bylakupee, a Tibetan Settlement in the Indian State of Karnataka, Chogyab, and Ayang Tulku, Ayang being the name of a 435-year-old monastery in Kham (eastern Tibet) which is a branch of the Drikung main monastery.

tritsabH i s E m i n e n c e G y a b r a T r i t s a b R i n p o c h e

His Eminence Thritsab Gyabra Rinpoche is a reincarnation of the second Drikung Kagyu Throne Holder Khenchen Tsultrim Dorje (Vow Vajra, 1154-1120). Khenchen Tsultrim Dorje was ordained at a very young age and at the age of forty-six he traveled to Drikung Thil Monastery in Tibet to pay his respects to Lord Jigten Sumgon. Upon meeting with Lord Jigten Sumgon, he felt an immediate strong connection with Lord Jigten Sumgon. From then onwards, he stayed by Lord Jigten Sumgon's side and obtained all the essential teachings from Lord Jigten Sumgon.

His Eminence Thritsab Gyabra Rinpoche's last reincarnation Gyabra Thubten (1921-1979) was the heart disciple of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche and His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang Rinpoche of that time. After the two Holinesses passed away, he became the acting head of the Drikung Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Upon the recognition of the reincarnation of the two present Holinesses, he became responsible for their education. Thritsab Rinpoche also transmitted all the dharma teachings, empowerments and practices of the Drikung Kagyu lineage to the two reincarnated Holinesses and other Lamas. In the history of the Drikung Kagyu lineage, His Eminence Thritsab Gyabra Rinpoche can be considered one of the teachers who have made the greatest contribution to the Drikung Kagyu lineage.

The present Thritsab Rinpoche (the seventh reincarnation) was born in India on 10 February 1981. H.E. Thritsab Rinpoche was recognized by His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche in 1986 and was officially enthroned on the 14th January (Tibetan calendar) in 1990. Following the footsteps of the great masters of the past, he did his three year retreat during the period 1996-1999 in order to undertake the task to benefit all sentient beings.

His Eminence Thritsab Gyabra Rinpoche took full monastic ordination in front of His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche and other Khenpos and masters in 2001. In the same year, His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche also announced that His Eminence Thritsab Gyabra Rinpoche would be representing him in handling all the matters in Drikung Kagyu Lineage in future.

gyalpoM o s t V e n e r a b l e L a m k y e n G y a l p o R i n p o c h e

According to the "Birth Lineage Supplication", written by Khenpo Karma Dongag Tenzin, Abbot of Kham Riwoche Monastery of Taglung Kagyu, Vajrasattva emanated as Vajradharma, the gatherer of the secret pronouncements; as Vajrapani at the time of Buddha Sakyamuni; as King Trisong Deutsen's daughter, Lhachik Pemasel at the time of Guru Padmasambhava; and as Nanam Dorje Dujom and so on and so forth.

The Birth Lineage continued with the birth of the great translator, Ga Lotsa Shonnu Pal. He was born in Kham at the end of the 11th Century.

Ga Lotsa went to India at a time when Tsami Sangye Drag was at the peak of academic and experiential achievements. He was, at that time, acting as the Regent of the Buddha in Bodh Gaya.

"Who is the most learned in Dharma in India," asked Ga Lotsa. "Tsami," was the answer. "Why would one come all the way to India to receive teachings from a fellow Tibetan?," thought Ga Lotsa, and asked the same question again. This time the answer was, "Abiyekara and Pandit Wagishora of Udhiyana." The two were, however, found receiving teachings from Tsami. Ga Lotsa received teachings from both Tsami Sangye Drag and Abiyekara. He successfully propitiated Chakrasamvara.

In accordance with the prophetic direction received from Chakrasamvara, Ga Lotsa went to the Cool Grove Cremation Grounds. There he received the heart-pledge of Mahakala, and as a result returned without impediments. Once back, Ga Lotgsa was duely recognized and honoured by the two lamas.

The King of Mangada invited Ga Lotsa for teachings where a vast assembly of people gathered together and showered him with flower petals until they reached knee-high. It was said that no other Dharma teacher got showered with flower petals to that extent ever since the Buddha passed away.

Ga Lotsa translated numerous Dharma texts and brought the method of propitiation of Four-armed Mahakala to Tibet. He gave this teaching to Shang Rinpoche, Karmapa Dusum Kyenpa, and Khampa Aseng.

Khampa Aseng, in turn, passed on the teachings to Phagmo Drupa. Drikung Kagyu, Tselpa Kagyu, and Karma Kagyu thus originated from Phagmo Drupa.

Then came in the Birth Lineage, Terton Pema Ledrel Tsel; Drubthob Ogyenpa's disciple, Lhaje Pakshi; Zogchenpa Drimey Woeser; Jangter Rigzin Godempa; Tsele Natsog Rangdrol; His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Trinley Sangpo the 25th Head of the Drikung Tradition's disciple, Gelong Trinley Sangpo; Tulku Migyur Dorje; Trulshig Wangdak Gyatso; Ngagchang Nuden Dragtsel; and, Tsangsar Soenam Yeshe (Tsangsar Karma Lhadak's son)

Tsangsar Soenam Yeshe was born in 1702 as the Lineage Head of the Barom Kagyu Tradition - a lama who was unwaveringly assisted with the divine-activities of the Four-armed Mahakala.

During the reigns of His Holiness the 7th Dalai Lama, Kelsang Gyatso and Ch'ing Emperor Yung-cheng, and at the time when the Ch'ing Emperor sent Ambans to Xining, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Tenzin Drodul's disciple, Gyalwang Dechen Dorje was on retreat in a cave at Namshung Melong Drag in southern Drongpa. He received a prophetic direction indicating that he would build 108 temples of Guru Padmasambhava. As part of the fulfillment of that prophesy, the Guru Padmasambhava temple of Ka Tashi Gon Monastery was built in 1727.

Later, Gyalwang Dechen Dorje teamed up with Tulku Soenam Yeshe and built the temple of Guru Padmasambhava and his two principle disciples at a locatiion close to Melong Drag. Tulku Soenam Yeshe passed away in 1774 at the age of 73.

The next succession of reincarnations were as follows: Tsultrim Tharchin (1775 -1838 )
Tsangsar Soegyal's son, Yeshe Nyingpo (1839-1882) Kashung Langlung Kyashogtsang's son,
Chogtul Trinley Gyatso, also known as Phurga (1883-1938)

Chogtul Trinley Gyatso was born with awesome auspicious signs. He received his monastic ordinations from Karmai Khenchen Rinchen Dhargye.

Chogtul Trinley Gyatso received numerous teachings from such enlightened masters as Lo Nuden Dorje, Gar Trinley Yongkyab, and Chung Drubgyu Tenzin. Later in life, three times, he made offerings of everything he ever possessed to Garchen Trinley Yongkhyab. There are numerous accounts of how Chogtul Trinley Gyatso exhibited his ability to know the continuum of others effortlessly.

The search for Chogtul Trinley Gyatso's reincarnation began by submitting the names of possible candidates like Sa Konchog Jinpa (also known as Konjin), and Ko-ko to His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Shiwai Lodro on several occasions. In the reply, His Holiness foretold that the reincarnate's father's name will have the Tibetan letter "da" and that the mother's name will have the word "yung." When appealed for more clarity, His Holiness gave in writing the Zodiac signs and the birth years of the parents as well as the reincarnate.

His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, in accordance with a prophetic vision, declared that the reincarnate boy is born in Earth Hare year to Khri-Dwang (father) and Tashi Yungden (mother).

Also His Eminence Situ Pema Wangchen foretold to Behu Trigyal (father) that his son, also known as Gyalpo) will be of service to the Buddha's dharma. Behu Trigyal replied that he hoped that his eldest son will succeed him and take charge of temporal affairs.

Furthermore, the following prophetic indication is written in Drikung Terton Woesel Dorje's hidden treasurer:

In the direction and near Dagyal and Thonpo
Of Ling on the emerald plains of northern Ling.
The emanation of Godem - a repository of divine intentionality.
Through practice, shall ripen, enlighten, and divert sentient beings to dharma.
My dharma prince - an illuminating torch shall be born.

That Dharma son of Terton Woesel Dorje was named Konchog Tenzin Sharling Migyur Rinchen Dorje Namgyal. He was enthroned, and given the Terdrom Empowerments.

In the Gongdu Prophesy, it is written: In the future when at the advent of the degenerate age
You the Yogi Protector of Northern Kham
A Lion of men posessing the power of wisdom
Presenting himself in many appearances
The one with "Gyal" in his name shall emerge and hold the dharma's lifeline
And subdue the demons and reclaim countless beings.

In Gyalpo Kathang, it is written:

In a Sakya Pleasure Land called Northern Kham
A Yogi Practitioner of secret Mahayana teachings
A master of tantra called Gyalbu will be born
He shall depart from there and perform great deeds

When it is written, "In the future when the degenerate age comes" in the Prophetic Pronouncement, Lungten Kagyama, discovered by Terchen Sangye Lingpa (1340-1390), we find that the prophesy refered to World War Two when the humans suffered death, pain and hunger.

"You the Yogi Protector of Northern Kham" is referred to the owner-protector of mid-northern Kham area of Nangchen. Yogi because he is the son of Behu Trigyal, who had successfully propitiated Yamantaka, and Tashi Yungtso, who at the age of seven he could read and write flawlessly, and was put on the throne of Lo Lungkar Gon Monastery.

Tulku Konchog Tenzin Sharling Migyur Rinchen Dorje Namgyal, alias Gyalpo Rinpoche received Maha-Abisheka of Kagyed, Gongdu, and Kilaya as well as complete teachings from the generative stages to the completions of Lama Dewai Dorje, Shangtrom Yamantaka, Chakrasamvara, Vajravarahi, Chandamaharoshana, from such enlightened masters as Dubwang Drubpon Gejung Rinpoche, Lo Drongtul Konchog Tenzin Drodul, Driter Woesel Dorje, Chogtul Thubten Nyingpo, and Ontul Choeying Rangdol.

Gyalpo Rinpoche went on retreats with his masters. He received core teachings on Mahamudra, and transfer of profound experiential insight by Drikung Teaching Master, Gelong Pachung Rinpoche and Drubwang Kyunga Rinpoche.

From His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, Gyalpo Rinpoche received such profound teachings as Mahamudra, and Karmapa Rangjung Dorje's Tsig-chigma; from Situ Pema Wangchog, Abishekas, commentaries and experiential insight; from Zigar Kongtul Rinpoche, Rinchen Terzo and Abishekas, commentaries, and transfer of experiential insight on all Yidam deities; from Ripa Seljey Rinpoche, Karma Kagyu empowerments and teachings; and from Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche, Nyingmapa tantras, sadhanas, and experiential insight in general and Nyingthig Yabshi teachings in particular.

Gyalpo Rinpoche received from other such enlightened masters as Poli Khenchen Dorjechang, Nyoshul Khenpo Jampal Dorje and Khenpo Thubten Rinpoche numerous aspects of Zogchen empowerments, teachings, and conveyance of experiential insights with special emphasis on Longchen Nyingthig.

From former Drugpa Chogon, Drugchen Thamche Kyenpa, and Yoge Rigzin Gyalpo Rinpoche received thorough introduction to the very essence of Mahamudra and the Great Perfection and Drugpa teachings with special emphasis on Doha.

From Jadrel Khentse, Gyalpo Rinpoche received teachings on Gampopa's answers to Phagmo Drupa's questions.

From Taklung Shabdrung Rinpoche and Matul Rinpoche, etc. Gyalpo Rinpoche received Cakrasamvbara Khadro Gyatso and the whole gamut of Taklung Kagyu teachings.

From their Holinesses Sakya Dolma Phodrang and Sakya Phuntsog Phodrang, Luding Rinpoche, and Chogye Trichen, Hevajra, Vajravarahi and Vajra Bhairava Abishekas and teachings.

From his root guru, Khunu Rinpoche Tenzin Gyaltsen - the lifeline of all Buddhist traditions - Gyalpo Rinpoche received bare naked unadulterated teachings on the core of Mahamudra and the Great Perfection with special emphasis on trigchod and thogal.

The teachings of such profound masters were practiced from the Preliminary to the stages of Arising and Completion, punctuated with retreats and propitiation of deities which included three Major retreats and Yidam Propitiations.

"Presenting himself in many appearances" came absolutely true in that Gyalpo Rinpoche was a regional lord/administrator, he is also a Tulku, a monk, was a bureaucrat, and a lama in different aspects while dwelling in the same unchanging essence.

"The holder of the dharma's lifeline with the word 'Gyal' in his name refered to Gyalpo Rinpoche's contribution to the rekindling of the Drikung Kagyu Tradition in exile: Gyalpo Rinpoche looked for the location, found, raised funds, and purchased the land on which the exile seat of Drikung Kagyu Tradition stands today.

In a successful effort to reach out to Lineage followers, Gyalpo Rinpoche toured every single Drikung monastery from the regions in Eastern Tibet to Mt. Kailash. He also assisted His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Rinpoche with the history of Drikung and other such writings and helped to hang on to the "dharma lifeline" at such difficult times as in the beginning.

Not unsimilar, Gyalpo Rinpoche also created the basic conditions to enable the establishment of the Seat of Dorje Drag - the lifeline of Nyingmapa Tradition - in Simla as well.

The word "Gyal" as in Gyalpo, meaning "king" correctly corresponded with Gyalpo Rinpoche's childhood name, Gyalbu, meaning "king's son" or prince. This name gradually evolved into Gyalpo which means "king" in Tibetan.

However put, all the prophesies came true, and Gyalpo Rinpoche was put on the throne of Ka Tashi Thubten Rabgye Ling Monastery as their reincarnate lama.

In his youth, Gyalpo Rinpoche was also Vajramaster, Regent, and Chant Master of the former Lo Bongtul Rinpoche at his monastery, Lungkar Thubten Shedup Ling while he was in retreat.

When in exile, Gyalpo Rinpoche served in the Tibetan government in exile for 11 years first as Senior Secretary and later as Executive Manager of Tibetan Self-Help Handicraft Center in Simla, India. Towards the end of his 11 years' service, Gyalpo Rinpoche was asked by His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Rinpoche to join him, and Gyalpo Rinpoche resigned from the Tibetan government service.

While with His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Rinpoche, Gyalpo Rinpoche served as his Private Secretary, General Secretary of Drikung Kagyu Institute at the time of founding and registration, and had been a contributor throughout the various stages of the building the seat of the Drikung Kagyu Tradition in exile.

kunsangM o s t V e n e r a b l e L h o K u n s a n g R i n p o c h e

Most Venerable Lho Kunsang Rinpoche was born in the sheep water year (1942) in Anchung Phuk of Bumzong, a holy place in the Eastern Tibet. His father was Bon Yungtrung Gyaltsen of the Dorong family lineage, and his mother was Lhamo, the cousin of Khyen-trul Kunsang Drodul (a great Lama). At the time of Rinpoche's birth, there were many auspicious signs accompanying it such as bucket of water transforming into milk, bright celestial light hovering above and many others.

When he was five years old, His Holiness The 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, Khyentril Kunsang Drodul and many others recognized Rinpoche as the successive eighth reincarnation of previous famous Lho Konchog Trinlay Namgyal Rinpoche. The origination of Rinpoche's successive incarnation is traced back to Palgyi Yeshe, one of the 25 disciples of Guru Rinpoche.

Successive reincarnation;
Emanation of Palgyi Yeshe ( one of 25 disciples of Padmasambhava )
1. Lho Drak Phuntsog Namgyal
2. Lho Chokyi Gyalpo
3. Lho Konchog Tinlay Namgyal ( one of the foremost disciple of Drikung Dharmakirti )
4. Lho Nangchen Kunsang ( who was born into the family of the Nangchen King )
5. Lho Dzerbong Kunsang
6. Lho Sertsa Kunsang

The present 7th incarnation was enthroned when he was nine at his previous monastery Palme Gonpa and re-established his commitment and continue to guide all his previous followers. Many representative from different monastery participated the auspicious event including the King of Nangchen. All the abbots, monks and local folks celebrated joyously for many days.

Rinpoche studied under the guidance of many great masters. At the age of 11 to 16, Ripoche attended the Buddhist Shreda (Collage) where he studied the vast knowledge of Buddhist philosophy in both the Sutra and Tantra systems. To name a few of Rinpoche's spiritual guidance namely; Khenpo Khyenrab, Khenpo Lektse, On Acho, Khenpo Kungo Namgyal, Dzurmang Khenchen Sangye Gyatso, 2nd Jamgon Kongtrul, Khyentse Özer, and many others. During this time Rinpoche also studied many other subjects such as astrology, poetry, art, ritual performance and appropriate placement of religious structures.

The next chapter of Rinpoche's life was a difficult transition. During the Cultural Revolution in China, a highly learned and skilled in the Dharma individual were put in labor camps while many others were imprisoned and subject to harsh treatment. Rinpoche endured great hunger and physical hardship like many other inmates in the prison. During the day he was forced to work as a blacksmith, carpenter and tailor. But at might he would forego sleep and continue his Buddhist studies and practice.

With great care and without concern for his own welfare and safety, Rinpoche would hide relics from destroyed monasteries, Buddhist texts, statue of devotions and stupas. At the end of the cultural revolution, Rinpoche retrieve those hidden sacred items and brought them to Palme Gonpa Monastery. One of the most precious hidden item was a Buddha Statue which was warm at the heart area, also the is the collected teachings of the Drikung Dharmakirti consisting of about 15 volumes in total and many stupas including the Stupa of Enlightenment. Were it not because of Rinpoche, these precious and rare relics and scriptures might be lost forever but instead it survive the ripples of life and stayed in Palme Gonpa Monastery till this date.

Rinpoche's family had for generations been a distinguished tradition of Tibetan Medicine practitioners. Rinpoche studied the 4 Tantras of Tibetan Medicine under the guidance of great medical doctor Bon Thupten. Rinpoche became an expert in the practice of healing and medicine having been trained in all aspects of medicinal treatment including acupuncture, cupping, bloodletting and so forth. Being a revered master of Tantric Buddhist practice and is renowned for his encyclopedic knowledge of Tibetan Medicine. Through His accomplishments, his daily practice of Buddhism and His all-encompassing benevolence and compassion He has become a beacon for all sentient beings. Today wherever Rinpoche travels, many are benefited from Rinpoche's expertise in medicine and healing with great compassion and loving kindness.

Now Rinpoche's main concern is to reconstruct Palme Gonpa Monastery in Chinghai, China. Reconstruction began in 1979 when Rinpoche was 37 years old. The lower portion os the temple is a two storey structure that includes a large Buddha Statue, a bronze statue of Padmasambhava, and many other deities. There is also 25 meditation rooms and at the basement of the monastery is a school with 16 rooms. In the entire complex mandala are seven monasteries and three retreat centres. In one retreat centre there are 16 nuns undergoing their 3 years retreat program studying the teachings of The Very Venerable Khyentrul Kunsang Drodul Rinpoche. Reconstruction effort continues today.

Successive reincarnation;
Emanation of Palgyi Yeshe ( one of 25 disciples of Padmasambhava )
1. Lho Drak Phuntsog Namgyal
2. Lho Chokyi Gyalpo
3. Lho Konchog Tinlay Namgyal ( one of the foremost disciple of Drikung Dharmakirti )
4. Lho Nangchen Kunsang ( who was born into the family of the Nangchen King )
5. Lho Dzerbong Kunsang
6. Lho Sertsa Kunsang

The present 7th incarnation was enthroned when he was nine at his previous monastery Palme Gonpa and re-established his commitment and continue to guide all his previous followers. Many representative from different monastery participated the auspicious event including the King of Nangchen. All the abbots, monks and local folks celebrated joyously for many days.

Rinpoche studied under the guidance of many great masters. At the age of 11 to 16, Ripoche attended the Buddhist Shreda (Collage) where he studied the vast knowledge of Buddhist philosophy in both the Sutra and Tantra systems. To name a few of Rinpoche's spiritual guidance namely; Khenpo Khyenrab, Khenpo Lektse, On Acho, Khenpo Kungo Namgyal, Dzurmang Khenchen Sangye Gyatso, 2nd Jamgon Kongtrul, Khyentse Özer, and many others. During this time Rinpoche also studied many other subjects such as astrology, poetry, art, ritual performance and appropriate placement of religious structures.

The next chapter of Rinpoche's life was a difficult transition. During the Cultural Revolution in China, a highly learned and skilled in the Dharma individual were put in labor camps while many others were imprisoned and subject to harsh treatment. Rinpoche endured great hunger and physical hardship like many other inmates in the prison. During the day he was forced to work as a blacksmith, carpenter and tailor. But at might he would forego sleep and continue his Buddhist studies and practice.

With great care and without concern for his own welfare and safety, Rinpoche would hide relics from destroyed monasteries, Buddhist texts, statue of devotions and stupas. At the end of the cultural revolution, Rinpoche retrieve those hidden sacred items and brought them to Palme Gonpa Monastery. One of the most precious hidden item was a Buddha Statue which was warm at the heart area, also the is the collected teachings of the Drikung Dharmakirti consisting of about 15 volumes in total and many stupas including the Stupa of Enlightenment. Were it not because of Rinpoche, these precious and rare relics and scriptures might be lost forever but instead it survive the ripples of life and stayed in Palme Gonpa Monastery till this date.

Rinpoche's family had for generations been a distinguished tradition of Tibetan Medicine practitioners. Rinpoche studied the 4 Tantras of Tibetan Medicine under the guidance of great medical doctor Bon Thupten. Rinpoche became an expert in the practice of healing and medicine having been trained in all aspects of medicinal treatment including acupuncture, cupping, bloodletting and so forth. Being a revered master of Tantric Buddhist practice and is renowned for his encyclopedic knowledge of Tibetan Medicine. Through His accomplishments, his daily practice of Buddhism and His all-encompassing benevolence and compassion He has become a beacon for all sentient beings. Today wherever Rinpoche travels, many are benefited from Rinpoche's expertise in medicine and healing with great compassion and loving kindness.

Now Rinpoche's main concern is to reconstruct Palme Gonpa Monastery in Chinghai, China. Reconstruction began in 1979 when Rinpoche was 37 years old. The lower portion os the temple is a two storey structure that includes a large Buddha Statue, a bronze statue of Padmasambhava, and many other deities. There is also 25 meditation rooms and at the basement of the monastery is a school with 16 rooms. In the entire complex mandala are seven monasteries and three retreat centres. In one retreat centre there are 16 nuns undergoing their 3 years retreat program studying the teachings of The Very Venerable Khyentrul Kunsang Drodul Rinpoche. Reconstruction effort continues today.

bongtrulM o s t V e n e r a b l e L h o B o n g t r u l R i n p o c h e

The first incarnation of Most Venerable Bongtrül Rinpoche's line was Lho Tsélé Lhundrüp. He was named after his birthplace – Lho. There are three other associated incarnations who share the name Lho: Lho Chen Rinpoche, Lho Künzang Rinpoche, and Lho Bongtrül Rinpoche. The second incarnation was Lho Drüpchen Ten'dzin Zangpo. The third incarnation was Lho Ten'dzin Changchub Zangpo. The fourth incarnation was Lho Jédrung Ögyen Nüden Dorje Rinpoche .

Lho Jédrung Ögyen Nüden Dorje was the holder of seven transmission lines and an accomplished master of both the Kagyüd and Nyingma traditions. His line begins with Shri Simha and proceeds through Nyatri Tsepo (the first Tibetan Dharma King) and Nyang Ten'dzin Sangpo (a disciple of Padmasambhava ) . Lho Jédrung Ögyen Nüden Dorje also manifested as Namkha Wangchuk (in the family lineage of Drukyal Kyura Dong) ; Dungtso Repa (the gTértön who revealed the Dzogchen Yangti Nagpo); Ngak'chang Yeshé Dorje (Jnana Benza, son of gTértön Sang-gye Lingpa) ; Ögyen Lé'dro Lingpa; and finally as an incarnation in the gö kar chang lo family line of Shotang (descending from Ratna Lingpa - an unbroken family line of accomplished naljorpas and ngakpas ).

The fifth incarnation was Lho Jédrung Ten'dzin Gyalbu Nyugü Rinpoche. The sixth incarnation was Lho Bongtrül Ten'dzin Dro'dül Rinpoche (the sixth Lho Bongtrül was the Tsawa'i Lama of both the Drigung Kyabgöns, the fifth Chuntsang Chökyi Lödrö, and the fifth Chétsang Thugjé Nyima). The seventh incarnation Most Venerable Lho Böngtrül Ten'dzin Nyima is also the Mind incarnation of the first Lho Tsélé Lhundrüp. He has two brothers who are his close disciples. The elder brother is Ongchen Künzang Dro'dül ( Ongtrül Rinpoche, a ngak'phang Lama who is the emanation of Khyéchung Lotsa). The younger brother is Chungpo Drüpgyüd Ten'dzin Rinpoche.

The seventh incarnation—Most Venerable Bongtrül Ten'dzin Nyima Rinpoche—was born in the year 1965. As a boy he attended an ordinary local school and learned how to read and write. As a natural gö kar chang lo master, he taught himself drawing, Tibetan brush calligraphy, and thangka painting

When he was eighteen years old, Bongtrül Rinpoche entered Lho Lungkar Gompa where he received teachings on Dzogchen and especially Dzogchen Togal from Togden Drogön Rinpoche, a direct disciple of the former Bongtrül Rinpoche. From this Master he also received teachings on the Gongpa Yangzab (dGongs pa yang zab – a gTérma revealed by Rinchen Phüntsog Rinpoche - Rin chen Phun tshogs 'Bri gung pa, 1509-1557) and 'phowa. According to the prophecy of Achi Chökyi Drölma, Togden Drogön recognised Most Venerable Bongtrül Rinpoche as the Mind emanation of Lho Bongtrül and made it known.

At this time Most Venerable Bongtrül Rinpoche had already mastered the chants, rites, and rituals of Lho Lungkar Gompa. Later, he received teachings on the Ground, Path and Fruition from Drüpwang Pachung Rinpoche. He received the Drigung Kagyüd Lineage of the Six Yogas of Naropa and the Five-fold Path of Mahamudra from meditation master Ten'dzin Nyima, a disciple of Drüpwang Achung Rinpoche. He received ordination from Sogtrül Rinpoche of Drigung Til, who gave him the name Könchog Ten'dzin Thrin-lé Tha-yé. Most Venerable Chétsang Rinpoche subsequently recognised him as the Mind incarnation of Lho Bongtrül Rinpoche and gave him the name Könchog Ten'dzin Shérab Jungné Pal-sangpo.

Most Venerable Bongtrül Rinpoche completed a four-year retreat and other lengthy retreats on Dorje Shin-jé and Dzogchen Yangzab gTérma practices from Dzogchen Khenpo Thubten Namgyal. He received empowerments of the Uttara Tantra, and the Kagyèd Drüpthab of the eight herukas, Dorje Phurba, and Rig'dzin Jig'mèd Lingpa's Dzogchen teachings. In 1997 Most Venerable Bongtrül met Most Venerable Chétsang Rinpoche. He then received teachings and empowerment on the Five Treasuries of Jamgön Kongtrül Rinpoche containing the quintessential Kagyüd empowerments from Garchen Rinpoche, Dölmo Chöjé Rinpoche, and Gyalpo Rinpoche.

Most Venerable Bongtrül Rinpoche then went to Drigung Til and sought the guidance of the meditation master Ten'dzin Nyima Rinpoche on the Six Yogas of Naropa and the Five-fold Mahamudra teachings. His Eminence introduced the yearly practice of the Kagyèd (the Eight Heruka Drüpthabs) , the Assembly of Rig'dzins, the Embodiment of Intentionality of the nature of Mind, Dorje Phurba, and the Lho Lungkar Gon tradition of the Mind Propitiation of the Déchen Nyingpo (bDe chen sNying po - Essence of Great Bliss) .

Most Venerable Bongtrül Rinpoche introduced the entire range of Vajra Dances to Lho Lungkar Gompa. Seeing the needs of future generations, he composed many drüpthabs (methods of accomplishment – sadhanas) and Songs of Realisation. His Eminence also recorded two audio cassettes of Dharma songs. In 1998 Most Venerable Bongtrül Rinpoche rebuilt the historically important Lungkar Bumo Ché Chörten. He later re-built Lho Lungkar Gon Monastery and added retreat centres to the complex. In addition he built a medical dispensary for the local people and founded a school for local children.

tenphelM o s t V e n e r a b l e D r u b g y u T e n p h e l R i n p o c h e

The 9th Chokje Drubgyud Tulku Tenphel Rinpoche was born in 1974 in Kham, Eastern Tibet. (Now known as Chinghai Province , Yushu State District of Kham). His Eminence is an important emanation of a highly accomplished Yogi, Konchog Tenzin Chokje Choeje Nyima Rinpoche who leads the lineage of Drikung Kagyu practitioners in the area of Kham. At the time of the 8th Chokje Rinpoche when he was still alive, Rinpoche had a vision of Drikung protectress Achi Chokyi Drolma, and Chenrezig who appeared directly to Rinpoche, giving the prophecy that mentioned “ To flourish the activities of Dharma thus making tremendous benefits to all sentient beings, Your eminence will be reborn soon, but will emanate into two manifestation of Tulkus.” Rinpoche then indicated to his consort that he had already manifested himself into her womb and her sister's. Rinpoche stressed that it is necessary to be such as it is purely for the sake of preserving the Buddha Dharma. To his disciples, Rinpoche said he dreamt of twins, but because one person cannot take care of two, so one is being manifested into the womb of Rinpoche's consort, and another one into the womb of his consort's sister – Drolma. Rinpoche then further gave instruction to his disciple telling them that these two children are like a pair of eyes of a person, both of them are his manifestation, when they grow up they must be sent to the same monastery, and never to separate them.

After 4 months, when the son of Drolma was born, Rinpoche's consort gave birth to a son. Thereafter, the 8th Chokje Rinpoche bestowed names to two of the newly born reincarnations of his as Jinaun and Tenphel Lodro. Not long after that, the 8th Chokje Rinpoche entered into nirvana and dissolved into emptiness.

Eventually Tenphel Rinpoche and his cousin brother Jinaun Rinpoche grew up and spent most of their time studying and went to school together. When both of them reached the age of 12, His Holiness the 37th Kyabgon Drikungpa Chetsang Rinpoche gave recognition to both the reincarnations as the emanation of the 8th Chokje Rinpoche. In His Holiness's recognition letter, he quoted the prophecy of previous Kyabgon Drikungpa Chetsang Rinpoche Shiwe Lodro, confirming the authenticity of the miraculous reincarnation of two tulkus. Similarly His Holiness the 36th Kyabgon Drikungpa Chungsang Rinpoche also instructed that the two tulkus should not be separated based on the prophecy earlier, as well as the 8th Garchen Rinpoche who shared the same opinion as both Holinesses. Thus, at the age of 15, the two Tulkus were given an official enthronement ceremony at the Chokje Monastery, and were ordained as samanera by root guru Mingyur Rinpoche in Kham.

Tenphel Rinpoche and Jinaun Rinpoche together received teachings of the Drikung Kagyu lineage from , consisting of the Terma tradition of the Hundred Peaceful and Wrathful Deities, the great Drikung Phowa empowerment and transmission. From the 8th Garchen Rinpoche, they received the teachings of the Vajrayogini, Heruka Chakrasamvara, Yamantaka, and White Tara. Also from a Drikung Kagyu scholar - Samten Namgyal , both Rinpoches took their basic Buddhist foundation studies. During this time, Tenphel Rinpoche completed his retreat of the Ngondro preliminaries, Chakrasamvara deity, Vajrayogini deity and various other Yidam practices.

At the age of 18 to 21, Tenphel Rinpoche saw the sufferings of sentient beings and decided to take up the learning of Tibetan traditional medicine and later entered the Military School of Hainan to further his training in Western Medicine for a year. During this time, Rinpoche realised that at this degenerate age, the lay sentient beings needed the support of Dharma rather than those in the monastic institution, and therefore Tenphel Rinpoche enrolled in the North-West Tribal Institute of Lanchou to study Economics to gain further understanding to sentient beings' needs.

At the age of 25, Tenphel Rinpoche returned to his own Chokje Monastery to resume duties from an ailing and old resident Rinpoche, therefore began his supervision of the monastery consisting of a Buddhist institute, a retreat centre which cater for the spiritual development of over 400 Lamas. At the same time, Tenphel Rinpoche continued his studies with Samten Namgyal, in between then he completed another retreat, accomplishing the practices of Manjushri, Vajrapani, Vajrakilaya, Heruka Chakrasamvara, Vajrayogini and other Yidams, as well as the practices of Mahamudra, and the Six Yogas of Naropa. From a Drukpa Kagyu master , Adeu Rinpoche , Tenphel Rinpoche received the teachings of Bodhisattvacharyavattara and Buddhist Code of Ethics (precepts and vows). Rinpoche also took up the learning of Madyamika Philosophy under the tutelage of Khenpo Pema Tsewang.

In the year 2001, during the event of the Grand Snake Year teachings in Drikung Kagyu Institute, which is held every 12 years. Tenphel Rinpoche again received important empowerments and transmissions of the Drikung Kagyu lineage teachings from His Holiness the 37th Kyabgon Drikungpa Chetsang Rinpoche and many other accomplished masters. After the Snake year event, His Holiness expressed hope that it is his wish to send an accomplished master who is fluent in Chinese language to go abroad and make Dharma connections with disciples overseas. Thus His Holiness instructed Tenphel Rinpoche to go to Taiwan and establish a spiritual link with devotees there. This event further confirmed the prophecy of which Chenrezig gave to the 8th Chokje Rinpoche mentioning that, in future times, the Buddha Dharma will flourish outside of the Tibetan soil, benefiting greatly especially the lay disciples.

On the other hand, the other emanation of the 8th Chokje Rinpoche, the other eye of a person that the 8th Chokje Rinpoche mentioned, Jinaun Rinpoche, given the Dharma name of Konchog Tenzin Jinaun Nyinje Nyima Choeling Gyamtso Palzangpo. Although still young at the age of 28, His Eminence has already mastered the various teachings of the Kagyu lineage and it's oral transmission, as well as the teachings of other sects of Gelug, Sakya, and Nyingma. Jinaun Rinpoche is also well versed with the knowledge of Five sciences, specializing further in Tibetan language and poetry. Jinaun Rinpoche's mastery of various teachings is highly appraised by various leaders of the sects, and accomplished masters of the lineage. Eventually after the Grand Snake Year teachings at Jangchub Ling in Dehra Dun, Rinpoche is bestowed the title of Khenpo of the Drikung Lineage to uphold the teachings of precepts, thus making His Eminence the main Precept Master of Drikung Lineage.

The two miraculous manifestation of the 9th Chokje Rinpoche, one is known for his unceasing effort in upholding the practices of the Buddha Dharma, and the other one is known for his incomparable compassion to propagate the Buddha Dharma, hence one supplementing the activities of the other one. From the pure motivation of the 9th incarnation of the Chokje Rinpoches, it is firmly established how great the Bodhicitta that Rinpoche has for the benefit of sentient beings.

sengeM o s t V e n e r a b l e S e n g h e T e n z i n R i n p o c h e

Senge Tenzin was born on 29th of January, 1981, in Purang, in the western part of Tibet . His father's name is Migmar and mother's name is Bute . From age 6 to 12 , he went to the Purang primary school. In 1990, he was ordained by the great Drikung Kyagu yogi, Konchok Norbu, at Gongphur monastery. His ordination name was Konchok Chisang. In 1993, he escaped from Tibet and joined the Jangchub Ling monastery, the central Institute of Drikung Kagyu Order , northern India . He studied for three years, mainly in Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan and English languages and memorized recitation texts. In addition, he received teaching from living masters of Drikung Kagyu Order, in Buddhist scriptures, tantric practices, initiations and empowerments.

In 1994, on 15th of the first Tibetan month, Senge Tenzin was formally recognized as the reincarnation of the great Druptop (mahasiddha, or highly realized being) Senge Yeshi by His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche. Senge Yeshi was an awaked Yogi and was a close disciple of Kyobpa Jigten Sumgon, the founder of the Drikung Kagyu Order . His reincarnations have earned the title Limi Tulku, (the reincarnation of Limi).

Between 1996 and 1999, under the guidance of the retreat master Druptop Yeshi, Senge Rinpoche stayed in a three year retreat, practicing "Four Preliminary Practices", "Fivefold Path of Mahamudra" and "Six Yoga of Naropa". This retreat system is a unique Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and was funded by Drikung Kagyu Institute and His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche.

In 2000, Senge Rinpoche went on a pilgrimage to the sacred Shel-Re-Drugda ( Crystal Mountain ) in the Dolpo, northeast Nepal . It is known that Druptop Senge Yeshi christened the Shel-Re-Drugda as the residence of the Dechog deity. The visit was advised and supported by His Holiness Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche.

Since 2001, Senge has been running two Dharma centres in Taiwan. He also studies Chinese language.

In 2003, Senge Tenzin Rinpoche visited Limi. It was the first reunion in his life time. Teachings and celebration kept going for three weeks. See the photos of Senge Tenzin Rinpoche and Limi people.

Senge Rinpoche has five monasteries, which were taken care of by his previous reincarnations. Now, it is his turn to maintain, develop the monasteries, educate the monks and accommodate the spiritual needs of the villagers in Tibet and in Nepal .

So far, Senge Rinpoche has been providing a small scale support to the monasteries while he is undergoing his studies and running the two Dharma Centres in Taiwan . Senge Rinpoche wishes to take full responsibility for finding sustainable solutions for both the spiritual and financial requirements of his monasteries and people.

The monasteries, which Senge Tenzin Rinpoche is related:
- Gongphur monastery in Purang, western part of Tibet.
- The three monasteries of Limi northwestern Nepal
- Gomoche Monastery in Dolpo, northeast Nepal

namrolM o s t V e n e r a b l e G a r N a m r o l R i n p o c h e

GAR NAMROL RINPOCHE the 8th was born in 1972 in Nangchen County, Kham Province. From an early age, he chose to live a tranquil and simple life. When Rinpoche was fifteen, he studies in the Five Wisdom Buddhist College (Sertha Shedra) under the supervision of Khenpo Jigme Phuntsog Rinpoche. Winter in Sichuan was extremely harsh, and despite of the cold winter, Rinpoche bundled up his blanket and slept without blanket for three consecutive years. The reason that Rinpoche chose to do so is to follow the spirit of great ascetic Milarepa. During his college years, on numerous nights Rinpoche studied under the dim light of a coal-fire.

Through pure vision, Rinpoche saw a Buddhist College on the 4000-meter snowy mountain of Qinghai. This vision continued to appear especially during meditation and studying of Buddhist scriptures. In order to identify the visions Rinpoche draws the image so that he could consult with realized masters in future to determine the true meaning. Deep down in his heart, Rinpoche wanted so much to have such a school in the snowy highland so that the monks from poor families could further their studies.

Difficult times strengthened Rinpoche's will. The urge to build the Buddhist College grew stronger and stronger. Everyday Rinpoche reminded himself that he would put this vision into action after he finished his studies. He undertook the responsibility to search for benevolent people to assist in the construction and hence named it “Project of Hope.” Aspiration to build the Gar Monastery College of Buddhist Studies is initiated

Later on when Rinpoche left school, Khenpo Jigme Phuntsog who resides in Sichuan prophesied that he would have great Dharma achievement (Project of Hope) in this very lifetime, and the Buddhist College will be completed successfully. Khenpo also said that even the Dharma Protectors would protect those who participated in this project and blessing to the project completion. Furthermore, Khenpo repeatedly said that the achievement of this project would require assistance from people of distant land. He is now the permanent abbot to the “ Mahamudra Institute of Buddhist Studies” in Taiwan.

chengaM o s t V e n e r a b l e C h e n g a R i n p o c h e

The Second Che-nga Rinpoche was the reincarnation of the fourth Throne-holder of Drikung Kagyu School- Che-nga Drag-pa Jung-ne (Spyan snga Grags pa ‘byung gnas, 1175-1255). In Lho rong chos ‘byung (Buddhist history of Lho rong), it says: “Che-nga Rinpoche and Won Rinpoche (the third Throne-holder of Drikung Kagyu) are the heart disciples of Lord Jigten Sumgon.” Che-nga Drag-pa Jung-ne was born to the Rlang family in Kham and was ordained under the seat of Sangye Yepa. He first met Lord Jigten Sumgon at eighteen years old and became his attendant for twenty-one years. (Che-nga means close attendant) At that time, Jigten Sumgon was the abbot for both Phag-dru Den-sa Thil (Phag gru Gdan sa mthil) Monastery and Drikung Thil (‘Bri gung Mthil) Monastery. At age sixty-six, because of old age, Jigten Sumgon entrusted Che-nga to be the abbot of Phag-dru Den-sa Thil Monastery. Jigten Sumgon said: “In the past, I was your guru. Now, you are the guru. You will bring glory to Phag-dru Den-sa Thil.”

After Lord Jigten Sumgon passed away, Che-nga Rinpoche became the incomparable great sage among other important practitioners. For example, when the third patriarch of Sakya School Drapa Gyatshan (Grags pa rgyal mtshan, 1147-1216) passed away, Sakya Pandita (1182-1251) invited Che-nga Rinpoche to be the chief guest at the funeral. The invitation letter sent by Sakya Pandita was included in the Rlang gi Po ti (Family history of Rlang).

When Won Rinpoche passed into nirvana, Che-nga Rinpoche was invited to Drikung Thil Monastery to be the abbot. He was then sixty-one years old. In the next twenty years, Che-nga Rinpoche propagated the teaching of non-duality of Mahamudra and precepts without any fault. His dharma activities are so vast that he benefited many sentient beings. When the Mongolian army invaded Tibet, he protected the monasteries and various lineages from being attacked and destroyed. At age eighty-one, he passed away with many auspicious signs at the Drikung Thil Monastery on the eighth day of the twelfth month in 1255.

When Che-nga Rinpoche became the abbot of Drikung Thil, his Rlang family member succeeded as abbot of the Phag-gru Monastery. Until the fourteenth century, Tai-si-tu Changchub Gyatshan (Tai si tu Byang chub rgyal mtshan, 1302-1364) from his Rlang family overthrew the Sakya Khon family's rule over Tibet, and founded the Phag-gru Dynasty, a very important dynasty in Tibetan history.

The title “Che-nga” was developed into a special “Che-nga” lineage in the Phag-gru Kagyu School. The lineage of “Che-nga” was inherited through guru to disciple rather than reincarnations. From the first Che-nga, which was Drag-pa Jung-ne, until the fifth Dalai Lama of the Gelug School took over the political power over Tibet in the middle of seventeenth century, there were twenty-one Che-nga Rinpoches. During that time, Che-nga Rinpoche held the highest religious position in the Phag-gru Dynasty. Except that the fourth and the sixth Sharma Rinpoches of the Karma Kagyu School had been two Che-nga Rinpoches, all others were from the Phag-gru Kagyu School.

The second Che-nga Rinpoche was born at Lhasa in 1974. He is Lamkhyen Gyalpo Rinpoche's nephew, belonging to the Brong-me family of Nangchen in the Kham area. His father, Dan-dzin Rinpoche, is a Karma Kagyu Rinpoche in Nangchen. In 1985, after graduating from high school, Che-nga was ordained at Tsurpu Monastery, the root Monastery of Karma Kagyu School, and then he joined the three year three month retreat. In 1997, Ming-ling Khri-chen ( Smin gling Khri chen) Rinpoche, the head of Nyingma School, recognized him as the reincarnation of Che-nga Drag-pa Jung-ne. Both the Drikung Kyab-gon Rinpoches agreed on this special recognition. Kyab-gon Che-tshang Rinpoche enthroned him as Che-nga Rinpoche at Byangchub-ling Monastery in India on March 15th, 1999.

In these years, Che-nga Rinpoche stayed at Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center in New Jersey, U. S. A., and assisted Lamkhyen Gyalpo Rinpoche to give the dharma teachings. He also engaged in retreat for several months there in America.

yen_sufuM o s t V e n e r a b l e Y e n C h e n H o w R i n p o c h e

The venerable Yen Chen How Rinpoche, ordained as Konchok Gendun is the Guru of Taiwan's highly reputed “Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center”. His root Guru is none other than the Supreme His Holiness of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage – H.H.The 37 th Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche. His Holiness formally ordained venerable Yen Rinpoche in April 1999. Enlightened Masters of the Drikung Kagyu tradition such as Most Venerable Tenzin Nyima Rinpoche and Most Venerable Yunga Rinpoche have also been his root lamas. These two great yogi Master bestowed empowerment, Special oral transmission and terma teachings to Rinpoche even during their long –term retreats. Venerable Yen Rinpche is now acknowledge and esteemed as the only Ngakpa Guru of Han lineage ever to become an officiated Drikung Kagyu Rinpoche. He has already attained siddhi of Spranbrala Yoga of Mahamudra as confirmed by Most Venerable Yunga Rinpoche.

The venerable Yen Rinpoche sought refuge under His Supreme Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche in 1998. Under His Holiness guidance and mentorship, Rinpoche received oral transmissions and various Drikung Kagyu empowerments. He was also able to complete and perfect the required meditation retreats in Jangchubling. In 1995, Venerable Yen Rinpoche paid homage to the great yogi Master Tenzin Nyima Rinpoche and became his disciple throughout the entire Drikung Kagyu tradition. He was gifted with an ordained name that means “Precious Treasure Lama”.

After propagating Tibetan Buddhism in Taiwan for many years by holding puja and Cho puja teachings, Venerable Yen Rinpoche felt a greater urgency to reach out and help the suffering so he established and opened Taiwan 's “ Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center ” to the public in 1997. His Holiness personally endowed the name “ Glorious Jewel” in remembrance of Lord Jigten Sumgon. His Holiness also issued a certification accrediting Taiwan 's “ Glorious Buddhist Center ” as Drikung Kagyu's home site. There are at least 500 disciples under Venerable Yen Rinpoche's tutelage in Taiwan alone. The Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Taiwan covers at least 1000 square meter area and is considered as the biggest Tibetan Buddhism Center in both size and scale in Taiwan . As of writing, another Drikung Kagyu Buddhist Center has already been established in Central Taiwan.

During the snake year Teaching held in India 2001, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang openly expressed his admiration for Yen Rinpoche's unswerving devotion to the Drikung Kagyu lineage. His Holiness even specifically appointed Yen Rinpoche to offer Mandala to His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama on behalf of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage during the inauguration of the Songtsen Library held in March 2003 in India. When Venerable Yen Rinpoche paid homage to the Great Yogi Master – Tenzin Nyima Rinpoche in the same year, he also received $ 500.00 from the great master to symbolize his status his ascended status worthy of a Drikung Kagyu.

Since 1999 to date, Yen Rinpoche has been relentlessly devoting all efforts to promote the Drikung Kagyu heritage, tradition and teachings. He has continuously provided financial assistance t upgrade roads, facilities and living conditions of Drikung Kagyu Monasteries, renovate old temples and establish retreat centers in India , China and Tibet . He has also exerted intense efforts to provide educational opportunities to underprivileged children. Aside from his philanthropic works, many have also bore witness to his profound and extraordinary healing powers. He is renowned for having benefited countless people suffering from myriad afflictions and incurable diseases. He possessed the extraordinary and profound power to heal and send the consciousness of the dead to the pure land of Buddha Amithabha through “Phowa' because he has accumulated good deeds for many generations, deep seated meditative powers, but most of all, he has unswerving loyalty to the Drikung Kagyu lineage. His uncompromising devotion and selflessness has allowed innumerable sentient beings to derive the benefits of the Dharma. H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche has praised Yen Rinpoche's strength of empowerment on many occasions. The great Yogi Master Yunga Rinpoche has also attested that it would only take one mani mantra for Yen Rinpoche to deliver all sentient beings suffering from the six gati.

The Venerable Yen Rinpoche held regular Dharma teachings and profound “Cho” puja on regular basis with total disregard for his well being. He could perfect a “Phowa” ritual regardless of time and place. His utter selflessness and compassion knows no bounds. Even at the onset of the SARS epidemic, innumerable people have benefited and have been saved.

Upon perfect completion of his retreats, Yen Rinpoche prostrated to H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and pronounced his devotion: “ I would like to offer all the merits and virtue of my cultivation to His Holiness”. This statement best demonstrate a true Vajrayana disciple's selflessness.

Venerable Yen Rinpoche's Message: (During the Snake Year Teaching.)

"All of the world's most precious jewels would never ever be adequate in showing our gratitude to His Supreme Holiness for giving us his invaluable teachings and oral transmissions. This realization should forever serve as the moving force in fulfilling our vow to zealously cultivate and apply the Buddhist teachings in our lives, not for our personal well being, but to benefit all the sentient beings. We should strive to realize Buddha hood as the one and only way we could repay His Holiness for his great kindness and grace".

"On behalf of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center Taiwan , we sincerely wish His Holiness long life, perfect health, vast and successful dharma activities. May the Drikung Kagyu flag fly in all the lands bordering the four oceans. May the Drikung Kagyu lineage live on forever and benefit all sentient beings".

bhumangM o s t V e n e r a b l e B h u m a n g R i n p o c h e

Born in March 30th, 1983, Taipei City, Bhumang Rinpoche (Lobsang Jigme) is the first Tibetan Rinpoche incarnated in Taiwan. His parents were exiled-Tibetans who immigrated and worked in Taiwan. The search for the fourth incarnation of Bhumang Rinpoche was guided and authenticated in 1984 by H. H. Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang.

The search was no easy task since there had never been any Tibetan rinpoche incarnated to Taiwan. For three years the searching team had tried several areas in Tibet, Nepal and India, but with no success. Until April 16th, 1987, H. H. Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang in San Francisco announced that the Bhumang Rinpoche's incarnation had successfully being located in Taoyuan County, Taiwan.

Drikung Kagyu Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche was immediately ordered to travel to Taiwan and met with the 4-year-old child Lobsang Jigme. Two years later, Lobsang Family immigrated to Kathmandu, Nepal. At age of 6, Bhumang Rinpoche started learning Tibetans, Nepali, English, and Buddhism texts.

In November 20th, 1992, Bhumang Rinpoche at age of 9 was officially recognized as a Ven. Rinpoche at Jangchubling, India, and received his Dharma name “Konchok Thinly Namgyal Tempei Nyima.” It was during these years that Bhumang Rinpoche received education and completed most Buddhism courses in India.

In February 2005, Bhumang Rinpoche established the Drikung Kagyu Bhumang Jampaling in Taipei, Taiwan, providing disciples a place to practice Buddhism teachings. In the following month, his first book “Bhumang Rinpoche – the First Rinpoche Incarnated to Taiwan” was published and released to the general public. This book documented Bhumang Rinpoche's previous incarnations, childhood, years in school, emotional stories and finally Rinpoche's teachings. The book received an overwhelming response and became number one top seller in national-chain Eslite Bookstores and second place in Kingstone Bookstores.

In 2006, Bhumang Rinpoche also devoted much effort to build another Drikung Kagyu Bhumang Jampaling in Chauntra, North India. This monastery aims at helping sentient beings for learning Buddhism and conducting rituals.

Bhumang Rinpoche truly hopes that all sentient beings to walk on correct paths guided by religions, to purify one's own mind and soul, obtain inner peace, and contribute one's ability to make a better society.

Bhumang Rinpoche practices many Buddhist Paramitas and integrates them with daily life. These are the ten essential qualities that a Bodhisattva cultivates life after life. To attain enlightenment one must cultivate the “Ten Paramitas.” The Ten Paramitas that Bhumang Rinpoche preaches and practices are:

1. Generosity
2. Virtue or morality
3. Patient or forbearance
4. Diligence or vigor
5. Renunciation
6. Prajna (wisdom and insight)
7. Truthfulness
8. Resolution, determination, intention
9. Kindness, love, friendliness
10. Euqanimity


A New Day:
This is the beginning of a new day.
I have been give this day to use as I will.
I can waste it or use it for good.
What I do today is very important
because I'm exchanging a day of my life for it.

When tomorrow comes,
today will be gone forever,
leaving in its place whatever I have traded for it.

I pledge to myself that it shall be gain, not loss;
good, not evil; success, not failure.

In order that I shall not regret the price I paid for this day.

Author - unknown