Lineage & Lineage Master
It was established in Tibet during the reign of the Emperor Trisong Detsen (742-797 CE), who brought the Tantric masters Shantarakshita and Padmasambhava to Tibet to teach and to found the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet.
His Holiness Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche (Ngawang Chokyi Lodeo ) is revered as one of the most learned and respected living masters of the Tibetan Buddhist Nyingma tradition, and he is also an accomplished practitioner with profound knowledge and experience in Tibetan Buddhism.
His Holiness Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche is the heart son of His Holiness Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche and His Holiness Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse rinpoche, who of the most respected Dzokchen master of the last century.
According to the Nyingmapa historical testimony, His Holiness Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche is the 31st reincarnation of Dzarong Trulshik Shatrul Rinpoche.
It is prophesied that His Holiness Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche will be the 1,000th Buddha in the current Bhadra Kalpa (or the fortunate Aeon), during which time all those connected with him will accomplish Ultimate Liberation.
His Holiness Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche was born in 1924, the Wood Rat year, on the 10th day the 9th Tibetan calendar, which fell on the holy day of Guru Padmasambhava, and his birthplace was the holy Onray cave located in southern Tibet.
Many auspicious omens prevailed at birth. His father, Tenzin Chodrak, was a yogi and his mother, Jamyang Wangmo, was a descendent of the first Gyalwang Drukpa Tsangpa Gyare Yeshe Dorje, founder of the Drukpa lineage.
Since young, His Holiness Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche exhibited great interest in spiritual practice; he was invited by his guru Dzatrul Rinpoche (the heart disciple of the previous Trulshik Dhongak Lingpa) to Dzarong Phu monastery in Rongphuk, south of Mount Everest, at four years old. At the moment of arrival,
Dzatrul Rinpoche provided an extensive enthronement ceremony at the monastery and thereafter became His Holiness Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche’s root guru, transmitting the entire lineage he received from his late guru back to his guru’s reincarnation.
today, His Holiness Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche is widely known to be one of the holders of such rare Vinaya lineage, and because of his ability to keep and sustain the purity of the Vinaya lineage, he has been giving full ordination vows to thousands of monks and nuns.
His Holiness Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche received countless teachings and instructions on Vinaya and Tantra from many great masters. He has more than 30 masters from the old (Nyingmapa) and the new (Sarma) school of Tibetan Buddhism.
His Holiness Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche put into practice the teachings and instructions he received from these great masters and completed the traditional three –year solitary retreat, even after this,
he has never stopped his spiritual practice. Under the request of Dzatrul Rinpoche, His Holiness Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche became the Abbot of Dzarong Dhongak Choling monastery, taking charge of the maintenance, up-keeping and the teaching activities at the monastery.
At the age of 38, His Holiness Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche received from His Holiness the late Dudjom Rinpoche Jigdral Yeshe Dorje the full oral transmission and empowerment on Nyingma Kahma, and he is one of the important expounder of this unique Dudjom lineage.
At this point in time, His Holiness Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche is the principal hear-son holding the entire lineage of His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and therefore he was responsible for searching, confirming and enthroning His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s reincarnation.
Now that His Holiness Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche has fulfilled this duty, he has also taken over His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s responsibility of giving transmissions and empowerment to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
His Holiness Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche is one of the great spiritual practitioners of this age, who has accomplished the level of Dzogchen. He has given initiations to many reincarnate masters and Khenpos.
With student all over the worlds, despite being 87 years old, His Holiness Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche continues to energetically profound the beneficial teachings, using his entire life for solitary retreats and spiritual practice.
Ever since His Holiness Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche came to Nepal from Tibet in 1959, he has resided at Thubten Choling monastery in the mountainous Himalayas, where he gave teachings and initiations to thousands of students and devotees in the Tibet-Nepal border.
In recent years, His Holiness Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche has traveled to other places in the world such as America, France, Switzerland, Spain, England, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and etc. to give teachings.
His Holiness Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche’s profound knowledge in the Buddhadharma, unwavering commitment in spiritual practice and his humility in treating all beings as equal, all these are rare qualities in an authentic masters.