Masters

Here, you will find items classified according to the Master of the Drukpa lineage (lineage of the Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism) they are related to. These items are mainly practices and teachings, transmitted either orally and archived on CD or DVD (conferences, transmissions, practices, chants, mantra recitations, etc.) or in writing, on printed...

Here, you will find items classified according to the Master of the Drukpa lineage (lineage of the Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism) they are related to. These items are mainly practices and teachings, transmitted either orally and archived on CD or DVD (conferences, transmissions, practices, chants, mantra recitations, etc.) or in writing, on printed publications (books, texts, poems, etc.).

A short biography introduces each of the Masters.

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  • His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa

    Leader in the field of education in the Himalayan region, defender of the environment, militant for the gender equality and the women’s rights, protector of the cultural legacy, His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa inspires to transform compassion into action.

    His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa is the spiritual leader of the Drukpa Lineage, one of the schools of Vajrayana Buddhism. He was born at Tso Pema, a holy lake of Guru Padmasambhava, near Rewalsar (north of India), during a ceremony of lama dances celebrating the 10th day of the first month in the Tibetan calendar.

    As a spiritual leader, he is a guide for around four million persons. His radiance extends to the four corners of the world. Acknowledged as one of the major figure of the new generation of Tibetan masters in the wake of His Holiness Dalaï Lama, His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa tirelessly travels the world to spread the teachings of Buddha, in a resolutely contemporary style.

    For several years, he has been regularly coming to Plouray in order to teach Buddhism to many students from all walks of life.

    In charge of many monasteries in the Himalayan regions, the most important of which are Thubten Sangag Choeling in Darjeeling (West Bengal) and Hemis Gompa (Ladkah), he is also the head of many study centers throughout the world, mainly in Asia, Europe, North America and Latin America. His main study and meditation center dedicated to women, Druk Gawa Khilwa Abbey, is located near Swayambunath in Kathmandu, Nepal.
    His European seat, Pel Drukpay Tcheutsok, is settled in France, at Plouray in the Morbihan region.
    It is led by Drubpön Ngawang Tenzin, his official representative in Europe.

  • Kyabje Bairo Rinpoche
  • Kyabje Choegon Rinpoche

    His Eminence the 9th Kyabje Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche Tenzin Choekyi Gyatso, son of Tashi Chotob and Drukkyid Wangmo, was born in 1968 at Sonam Ling, the first Tibetan settlement in Ladakh.

     

    The identity of Kyabje Choegon Rinpoche was confirmed by His Holiness the Dalaï Lama and His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa. His Holiness the Dalaï Lama’s confirmation was based on the concurring predictions and observations of Nechung Chogyal (the official oracle) and of Gadong (second oracle).

    At the age of 7, Rinpoche was led to the Hemis monastery, Jangchub Choeling, and was enthroned there. He was then again enthroned at Gaden Choekhor, the monastery of Sonam Druk Gye (Rarang monastery) in Kinnaur. From His Holiness the Dalaï Lama, he received the refuge vows and the name of Ngawang Tenzin Chokyi Gyatso.

    In 1976, he received the Upasaka vows and the name of Thutop Dorje Gocha Gyurmey Thrinley Gyatsoi De from His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa.

    Since 1980, Rinpoche is in charge of Druk Thubten Dhargey Ling at Nyoma and undertook its renovation. There, he gave to the monks oral transmissions and teachings of the Drukpa Lineage.

     

    In August 2008, he started giving teachings abroad. He helped Drubpön Pagsam Yongdu to organize the coming of His Holiness the Dalaï Lama at Drukpa Plouray. The European followers who met him and attended to his teachings keep a wonderful memory of his humility, his honesty and his sincerity.

  • Gyalwa Dokhampa Rinpoche

    His Eminence Gyalwa Dokhampa Jigme Pema Nyinjadh, more popularly known as Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche was born in 1981 at Darjeeling, into the family of His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa, who is his root Guru. He was recognized by H.H. Dalai Lama, H.H. Gyalwang Drukpa and His Eminence the First Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche.

    His basic studies were done at Druk Thupten Sangag Choeling Monastery in Darjeeling.

    He spent most of his childhood and boyhood under the guidance of his root Guru, His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa. One of his other main Guru was the venerable Omze Sherab, disciple of Trulshik Pema Chogyel, a great Drukpa yogi who had given teachings to the 11th Gyalwang Drukpa. Later he studied and completed a 9-year course to attain his Master’s degree in Buddhist Philosophy from Tango Monastic University.

    His Eminence also teaches worldwide where he brings a young and vibrant viewpoint to traditional Buddhist teachings. Like His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, His Eminence emphasizes that Buddhism is not a religion, but rather a way of life to finding happiness. He also works to make Buddhist ideals relevant to a modern lifestyle and emphasizes that Buddhist principles can and should be integrated into everyday life, through making a difference to others.

  • Lopön Dralop Rinpoche
  • Drubpön Pagsam Yongdu Ngawang Tenzin

    Born in Chungkhar, Bhutan, Drubpön Pagsam Yongdu Ngawang Tenzin joined the main monastery of the Drukpa Lineage at a very young age, on the advice of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche. For twelve years, he humbly served the First Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche, one of his most eminent master. Then, after the parinirvana of Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche, he accomplished the retreat of three years, three months and three days. At His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa’s request, he arrives in France in 1989 and becomes his official representative in Europe.

    Drubpön Ngawang Tenzin is the head of the congregation Pel Drukpay Tcheutsok and is in charge of all the European centers of the Glorious Drukpa Lineage. He was promoted Master of meditation retreat, “Drubpön”, by His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa.
    Throughout the year, he leads collective retreats and gives advices to the students at Drukpa Plouray, the European seat of the lineage, as well as in all the other centers.

  • Kyabje Gyeltshen Tulku Rinpoche

    Kunzang Tenpe Gyaltsen, more widely known as Kyabje Gyeltshen Tulku Rinpoche, was born in 1953 in Tashi Yangtse, in the west of Bhutan. Orphan at a very early age, he was recognized by Lopön Zangpo Rinpoche (a disciple of Shakya Sri) as the reincarnation of 2 great masters: Trulshik Lama Gyalsten and Gyaltsen Marpa, disciples of Shakya Sri themselves.

    He was then entrusted to the First Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche at the age of 12, who guided him during his studies that lasted more than 10 years at the Darjeeling monastery of His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa.

    When he came back to Bhutan along with Lama Sonam Zangpo Rinpoche, Gyeltshen Tulku Rinpoche went into retreat for several years. Among other practices, he studied and practiced the 6 yogas of Naropa and the Mahamudra, transmission of which Lama Sonam Zangpo had directly received from Shakya Sri.

    Gyeltshen Tulku was then given the tilte of master of retreat by the Bhutanese government. He helped consolidating the Dharma in the west of Bhutan, where he gave several teachings and created 9 retreat centers. In 2008, His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa officially promoted Gyeltshen Tulku to the title of Drubpön, master of retreat, at Darjeeling in his retreat center of Chitre: Dechen Osel Pouk (translated as Divine Joy and Luminosity).

    Under the guidance of His Holiness, he has always successfully defended the equality between nuns and monks in the way they are treated and the opportunities offered.

  • Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche

    His Eminence Gyalwa Dokhampa Jigme Pema Nyinjadh, more popularly known as Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche was born in 1981 at Darjeeling, into the family of His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa, who is his root Guru. He was recognized by H.H. Dalai Lama, H.H. Gyalwang Drukpa and His Eminence the First Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche.

    His basic studies were done at Druk Thupten Sangag Choeling Monastery in Darjeeling.
    He spent most of his childhood and boyhood under the guidance of his root Guru, His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa. One of his other main Guru was the venerable Omze Sherab, disciple of Trulshik Pema Chogyel, a great Drukpa yogi who had given teachings to the 11th Gyalwang Drukpa. Later he studied and completed a 9-year course to attain his Master’s degree in Buddhist Philosophy from Tango Monastic University.

    His Eminence also teaches worldwide where he brings a young and vibrant viewpoint to traditional Buddhist teachings. Like His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, His Eminence emphasizes that Buddhism is not a religion, but rather a way of life to finding happiness. He also works to make Buddhist ideals relevant to a modern lifestyle and emphasizes that Buddhist principles can and should be integrated into everyday life, through making a difference to others.

  • Kyabje Sey Rinpoche

    Ngawang Gelek Namgyal, more popularly known as Kyabje Sey Rinpoche, was born in 1963, son of the great enlightened yogi Kyabje Apho Rinpoche. Rinpoche is the Third Holder of the Tokden Drubwang Dugu Shakya Sri lineage, spiritually as well as by family.

    Drubwang Shakya Sri (1853-1919) was an enlightened yogi and a Tertön. He was a great master of the Drukpa lineage, perfectly accomplished in the practices of Mahamudra and of Dzogchen, which he harmoniously combined. Sey Rinpoche was recognized as the reincarnation of one of the heart students of Shakya Sri, Ladhaki Tripon Pema Choegyal (1876-1958).

    Kyabje Sey Rinpoche now supports the Chimed Drupay Gastel monastery in Manali. He gives spiritual advices to Drukpa communities from the north of the Himalayan India.

    His Eminence has become one of the main Drukpa masters training the yogis and giving advanced spiritual advices to the practitioners of the lineage, more peculiarly on the Six Yogas of Naropa.

    He teaches abroad for the new comers to the Drukpa lineage and to the Shakya Sri lineage. He helps His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa for the preservation of the 800 years old Drukpa lineage’s legacy and for the spreading of its formidable blessings.

  • Khenpo Sonam Gyatso Rinpoche

    Khenpo Sonam Gyatso Rinpoche was born in 1952 in Gonjo, Kham, Tibet. He became monk at the age of 15 and received the Bikshu vows from his master the 1st Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche in the monastery of Druk Thubten Sangag Choëling, Darjeeling. He pursued Buddhist philosophy studies for 9 years at the renowned university of Benares. He received the title of Khenpo from His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa et from His Holiness the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa.
    Khenpo Sonam Gyatso Rinpoche teaches philosophy and Buddhist logic in India since 35 years, in the Buddhist Studie Department of the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Benares.
    Khenpo Sonam Gyatso Rinpoche also participated a number of conferences and regularly travels around the world to share his knowledge with many Buddhist centers.

    This great master of the Drukpa lineage is reputed to be one of the most learned in Tibetan Buddhism.

  • Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

    Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo is a Buddhist nun who struggled and continues to struggle successfully for the right to education and spiritual development for the nuns.

    She stayed with her Guru the 8th Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche and his community in Himachal Pradesh for 6 years. He then led her in the Himalayan valley of Lahaul so that she could dedicate herself to a more intense practice. She spent 12 years in a cave.

    After several requests from her master and other lamas, she finally succeeded in opening a nunnery in the north of India. In February 2008, Tenzin Palmo was promoted ‘Jetsunma’ by His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa. It is an unusual honour for a nun to receive this title, given in acknowledgement of her spiritual achievements and her efforts to promote the status of the female practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism.

  • Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche

    Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche – The Precious Heart Son – was born in 1986 in Ladakh, as the reincarnation of the Tibetan yogi the First Thuksey Rinpoche, one of the main masters of His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa.

    He spent his childhood and his boyhood in the monastery of Druk Sangag Choeling, Darjeeling. There, he received teachings from His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa and other great Drukpa masters. He then pursued his studies at the monastic university of Tango in Bhutan.

    Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche and Gyalwa Dokhampa together composed the present practice of Shabten (Long Life) for His Holiness and the Drukpa masters. He has many responsibilities: in particular, he is in charge of the monks of the Darjeeling monastery and of the Druk Pema Karpo school in Shey, Ladakh.

    Very close to His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa, he works by his side and has a particular connection with the western students of the Drukpa lineage.

  • Kyabje Tsaptrul Rinpoche