His Holiness, the 8th reincarnation of Desi Tenzin Rabgey, Jigme Tenzin Wangpo was born on the 15th day of 9th month, 1993 of the Bhutanese calendar in the eastern Bhutan, Kanglung in Trashigang District.
On the 3rd day of 2nd month, 1999, at the age of five, His Holiness was officially recognized as the 8th reincarnation of Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay and was enthroned to a permanent seat of predecessors at Tango Choeying Phodrang.
His Holiness was given monastic education from the age of five until he was 12, after which he started his nine-year shedra education at Tango.
His Holiness received preaching on ‘Kyil Chog’ from famous spiritual master, viz. Dorlop Kuenley, Lopen Drupthop Penjor and Lopen Namgyel Tshering, ‘Rig Ney’ from H.E. Tsugla Lopen Samten Dorji, ‘Uma’ from Lopen Tshering Dorji, ‘Tshema and Pharchin’ from Lopen Sangay Khandu, and ‘Ngonpa’ from H.E Leytshog Lopen Sangay Dorji.
Further, His Holiness also received teaching of ‘‘Mendrel Jabtein’ from H.H the 68th Je-Khenpo Kyabje Jetsun Tenzin Dendup and H.H. 70th Je-Khenpo Ngawang Jigme Choeda.
After 17 years of studies from the College, he is now conferred the title of Gashey Do Ngang Mrawai Wangchuk or the Master in Buddhist Philosophy.
His Holiness Gyelse Jigme Tenzin Wangpo, at 21, was the youngest masters graduate completing Rizhung lopen studies (master’s in Buddhist philosophy).
The 16th convocation program of Tango university of Buddhist studies was held for the first time in Punakha dzong to mark His Holiness Gyelse trulku’s accomplishment.
While completing his MA (Masters Degree) course, he gave teaching on ‘Rigney Nga’ and also imparted knowledge on ‘Ngonpar Zoed’, ‘Dra Tshamjor Nga Pa’ and ‘Tshemai Chi Dhoen’, to the students of Tango Buddhist Studies.
Rinpoche done his three years course of retreat in his resident at Tango under the excellent guidance of Yongzin Lopen Namgyel Tshering.
His Holiness Gyelse Jigme Tenzin Wangpo completed the three years and three months strict retreat (loh sum choe sum) on 20th February 2018 and is currently teaching at the sheldra and also started chairing Moleam Chenpo.
Tenzin Rabgye (1638–1696) was the fourth Druk Desi (secular ruler of Bhutan) who ruled from 1680 to 1694. He is believed to have been the first to categorize formally the zorig chusum (the thirteen traditional arts of Bhutan).
In 1688, he renovated Tango Monastery, approximately 14 kilometres from Thimphu. In 1692, he was first formally categorized during the rule of Tenzin Rabgye (1680–1694), the 4th Druk Desi (secular ruler). In 1692, he visited the sacred cave of Taktsang Pelphug during the Tsechu season and founded a temple there devoted to Padmasambhava. The temple is known as Taktsang Lhakhang (the Temple of the Guru with Eight Names) and was completed in 1694.
Long Live His Holiness the Gyelse Rinpoche