Chamtrul Lobsang Gyatso is a rinpoche and teacher of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy. Trained by many High Masters of different Tibetan Buddhist traditions, his main Root Guru was His Holiness Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche from the Nyingmapa School. Chamtrul Rinpoche has been teaching for more than 17 years to monks and lay people in Tibet, India and many other countries and regions.
Venerable Chamtrul Lobsang Gyatso was born in the year of the Water Rabbit (1963), the third son of a highly respected family that originated in Golog Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (or Golok), Qinghai, China. Rinpoche was recognized at a young age as the reincarnation of the second Kathok Chamtrul Pema Nangsal Dorje Rinpoche, from Mardo Tashi Choling, one of the branch-Monastery of the Kathok School.
At the age of 14, he took the gemnien vows (lay people renunciation vows) from his first Root Guru, the highly realized Dzogchen master Naljor Yeshe Wangcheuk Rinpoche. He received teachings from him on the preliminary practices (ngondro) and subsequently completed the 500,000 accumulations of the ngondros three times, mostly in retreat, over a period of three years. Following this, Rinpoche studied and practiced Tummo and Dzogchen teachings intensively, under the direction of his Root Guru. During this period, Rinpoche undertook a six month pilgrimage of prostrations from Mardo Tashi Choling to Tugchen, the statue of Avalokiteshvara situated at the top of the Holy Mountain of Tsako Takyab.
At the age of 19, he received ordination from Getse Khenpo Wangchen and became a monk. For the next few years, Rinpoche continued studying at his monastery with his first Root Guru. He then moved to the Institute of Buddhist Philosophy (Shedra) of the Katok Monastery, where he stayed for two years. He then joined the Shedra of Serta Larung Monastery. After studying the “five major sciences” curriculum (intensive training in Sutra, Tantra, logic etc...) under the supervision of His Holiness Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche, his second Root Guru, he obtained the title of Khenpo (Doctor in Buddhist Philosophy).
Always ready to give Dharma teachings wherever they are needed, Rinpoche dedicates his life to help people find inner peace. Through his invaluable knowledge and practical advice, Rinpoche compassionately guides his students toward ultimate peace and happiness.
In his own words: "Without discriminating against anybody based on their sex, race, creed and so forth, I wish them to enjoy excellent peace and harmony. I try to the best of my ability to promote the view, meditation and conduct of non-violence, which is the indispensable source for the spread and enhancement of the inner peace of mind. "
Rinpoche is based in the Zilnon Kagye Ling Nyingma Monastery, McLeod Ganj, India yet often travels the world reaching out to old and new students alike. In this manner he has been (in his own words) "able to implant the seed of liberation in them through my practice of giving the Dharma".
Humanitarian Activity and Projects
Although his main activity is teaching, Rinpoche also supports his monastery in the Golok and the nomad population of the area. A variety of humanitarian projects related mainly to health and education are currently being developed in partnership with the non-profit organization (NGO), Bodhicitta.