and his spiritual sons
a brief biography
Tsoknyi Rinpoche was recognized by His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa as a reincarnation of Drubwang Tsoknyi, a renowned master of the Drukpa Kagyu and Nyingma traditions. Later he was brought up by the great master Khamtrul Rinpoche. Among his other teachers are Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, his late father Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Adeu Rinpoche of Nangchen, and Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche. Rinpoche is the head of the Drukpa Heritage Project to preserve the literature of the Drukpa Kagyu lineage. He is also the abbot of Ngedon Ösel Ling in the Kathmandu valley of Nepal.
Rmpoche the third is an important lama of both the Drukpa Kagyu and
Nyingma lineages. He was born in 1966 in Kathmandu, Nepal, to the family
of the mahasiddha Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, who holds the Tsangsar Family
Lineage, a special family lineage of tantric yogis which, by tradition,
originated through the union of a deva and a human. Tsoknyi Rinpoche's
great great grandfather was the treasure revealer Chokgyur Lingpa and
Rinpoche has been trained in that family tradition by his father since
an early age.
The second Tsoknyi Rinpoche was born into the family of the King of Nangchen in the first half of this century and received the teachings of Naropa from the 7th Khamtrul Rinpoche to whom he had transmitted the teachings in his previous incarnation. He was expert in in the Six Dharmas of Naropa and Mahamudra as well as his own Nyingmapa lineages.
The present Tsoknyi Rinpoche was recognised by H. H. Karmapa XVI at the age of eight. When he was thirteen he was brought to Khampagar Monastery at Tashi Jong in India, the seat of Khamtrul Rinpoche. Tsoknyi Rinpoche's principal teachers have been the 8th Khamtrul Rinpoche, Dongyu Nyima, H. H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and his father Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.
Tsoknyi Rinpoche completed his formal studies and returned
from India to Nepal in 1990. He established his seat in Kathmandu at
Ngesdon Osel Ling Monastery which he planned and built in consultation
with his father, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. Ngesdon Osel Ling is the site
of on-going, traditional, Tibetan three-year retreats and an International
Buddhist Meditation Centre. It is headquarters for the Drupa Kagyu Heritage
Foundation which is working to preserve the written texts of the Drupa
Kagyu lineage, and the Pema Karpo Translation Committee which is translating
Tibetan texts into English. In
addition Tsoknyi Rinpoche is currently president of Tashi Jong; abbot
of the largest nunnery in Tibet which is located in Kham in Eastern
Tibet; and abbot of Chumig Gyatsa Abbey, a nunnery in Western Nepal
at Muktinath. He is widely recognized as a brilliant meditation teacher
and is the author of Carefree Dignity and Fearless Simplicity from Rangjung
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