Saturday, November 16, 2019

His Holiness Ngawang Tenzin Rinpoche

His Holiness is regarded as one of the most revered teachers of the Drukpa Kagyu lineage in Bhutan. He is the reincarnation of Drubthop Chenpo Jinpa Gyeltshen Rinpoche, who lived in the 18th century. He started studying Buddhism and learning chanting at the age of 5. By age 16, he memorized all chants, became a dance master, and knew how to construct all the sand mandalas. He went on to study Buddhist Philosophy at Tangu Monastery in Bhutan. 

After completing his degree, he went to Nepal and India for further study. He studied Mahamudra and Dzogchen with many great masters including the 68th His Holiness His Holiness Je Khenpo Tenzin Dendrup
, and 69th His Holiness Je Khenpo Geshe Gedun Rinchen.
He also studied other great Buddhist masters including His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche
, His Holiness Dilgo Kyhentse Rinpoche
, His Holiness Penlop Khen Rinpoche and  His Holiness Jadrel Sangay Dorje Rinpoche,
. When he finished his studies in Nepal and India, he returned to Tangu Retreat Center and completed a 9- year retreat. 

At the age of 45, the Royal Government of Bhutan and the Central Monastic Body chose him to become Tshenye Lopen, which means he became recognized as a philosophy master. Five years later, he was appointed as Dorji Lopen and oversaw the monasteries and monastic practice of the Drukpa Kagyu lineage in Bhutan.

His Holiness Ngawang Tenzin is recognized as a great scholar and meditation master. His teachings are clear, concise and presented in a way that is understandable to the listener. Throughout his life, he has spent 28 years in retreat. His Holiness always radiates great peace, joy, love, compassion and tolerance and many who have met him have been very moved by these qualities, which he exudes.

At present, Rinpoche is looking after his monasteries and other projects, conducting large prayer ceremonies and meditating in his retreat center.  At the moment he is bestowing  empowerment of Guru Lue Dunma, the seven Chapter Prayer in Paro attended by Rinpoches, Trulkus, Lopens, Lam and lay practitioners.

We offer our prayer for His long Life.

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