His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang
His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang, the 37th throne holder of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage anKyabgönd 7th reincarnation of the Chetsang Rinpoche is a manifestation of Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara).
H.H 1The Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang, Konchog Tenzin Kunsang Thrinle Lhundrup, was born on the 4th day of the 6th Tibetan month of the Fire-Dog-Year 1946 into the aristocratic family of Tsarong in Lhasa. This auspicious day marks the anniversary of the Buddha’s first turning of the Wheel of Dharma. Many prodigious signs and visions accompanied his birth. His grandfather, Dasang Damdul Tsarong (1888-1959), has been the favorite of the 13th Dalai Lama (1876-1933), Commander General of the Tibetan army and one of the most influential political figures in the early 20th century in Tibet. Chetsangs father, Dundul Namgyal Tsarong (b. 1920), held a high office in the Tibetan Government and he was still active in important positions for the Exile Government in Dharamsala after the escape of the Dalai Lama and the cabinet ministers. His mother, Yangchen Dolkar, is from the noble house of Ragashar, which descended from the ancient royal dynasty.
In 1985, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgön Cheetsang received full monk’s ordination from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, during the Kalachakra initiation in Bodhgaya. He mastered all challenges with remarkable ease. Since 1987 Chetsang Rinpoche began to give teachings in many countries throughout the world. At the same time he started to rebuild the weakened Drikung Lineage with great energy. In Dehra Dun, India, he established a monastery and an educational center, attracting many monks from Tibet and Buddhist practitioners from many countries: the Drikung Kagyu Institute. In the beginning it consisted of the monastery Jangchubling and the retreat center and nunnery Samtenling. The Drikung Kagyu Institute is an education center, which emphasizes both the traditional monastic education, as well as present-day training to meet the needs of these times. Special consideration is also placed on discipline, meditation practice and the specialties of the Drikung Kagyu teachings. In 2003, e for Higher Buddhist Studies, the Kagyu College. With its inauguration the new Drikung Mandala in Dehra Dun has been completed.
H.E Nubpa Rinpoche
Most Venerable Nubpa Rinpoche (12th reincarnation) was born in 1942. He was recognized by His Holiness the 34th Drikung Kyabgon Konchok Tenzin Shiwai Lodro as one of the six important reincarnated lamas who looked guruafter the Drikung Thil Monastery. His Holiness the 34th Drikung kyabgon then gave Nubpa Rinpoche the dharma name of Konchok Tenzin Gopo Yonten Gyatso. According to the historical records of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage, the first Nubpa Rinpoche Sekyong Gonpo Gyaltsen was recognized as the emanation of the four-arm Mahakala.
At a very young age, Nubpa Rinpoche entered the Drikung Kagyu Monastery to undergo training in rituals. Nubpa Rinpoche also studied under many masers at Sunflower Garden Buddhist Institute, Nechung Buddhist Institute in Lhasa and the Tibetan Language Department of the advanced Buddhist Institute in Beijing.
Most venerable Nubpa Rinpoche received many teachings, oral transmissions and practice instructions from great masters of the various traditions. Among these, the main teachings that Nubpa Rinpoche received are of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage. As Nubpa Rinpoche is very fluent in Chinese, he is one of the rare gurus who can directly transmit Buddhist teaching in Mandarin.
In 1998, Nubpa Rinpoche originally decided to undergo long periods of retreat in Lapchi Snow MountaiNubpa Rinpoche 1n. However, Rinpoche found out about the various difficulties experienced by the monks and practitioners living in Lapchi Snow Mountain. Rinpoche could not bear to see this holy place decline. Hence, out of great compassion, Rinpoche changed his mind and decided to undergo short periods of retreat in Lapchi instead for the time being, so that he could carry out dharma propagation activities to benefit sentient being and also work on the restoration of Lapchi at the same time. In 1992, Nubpa Rinpoche left Tibet for India to look for His holiness the 37th Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche. At the same time, Nubpa Rinpoche also undertook the translation and proofreading of Buddhist texts.
LAPCHI DORDZIN DONDUP PALDEN RINPOCHE
Dordzin Dondup Palden Rinpoche was born in 1950 in the eastern Nagchu province of Tibet. H.H Kaybgon Chetsang Rinpoche at Godavari awarded him the honor of Lapchi’s 34th Dordzin (Dharma Holder) in 2003. He has completed retreats from Tibet and Lapchi totalling 15 years of strict retreat at the holy retreat place of the great yogi Milarepa. He has received profound instructions too and numerous to mention during these retreats.