The Teachers

Shangpa Rinpoche

Shangpa Rinpoche

On the 12th September 1960, a child was born in Dolpo, a place near the borders of Nepal and Tibet. It was unknown to anyone at the time that this child was a special child; a child who would one day lead many sentient beings onto the Path of Enlightenment; a child who would one day grow up to be the inspiration of many sentient beings to be diligent in their practices, a child who would one day lead many sentient beings to pursue the Path of Enlightenment. He was recognized at the tender age of 2 to be the reincarnation of the Great Yogi Shangpa Rinpoche. The Great Yogi Shangpa Rinpoche was a disciple of the Supreme Head of the Karma Kagyud Lineage, His Holiness the 15th Gyalwa Karmapa, Khakyab Dorje.

Childhood for this reincarnate, the 2nd Shangpa Rinpoche was nothing but a series of trials and tribulations. After much hardship, he arrived in Pokhara with his mother at the age of 9. After the official recognition by His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje as the reincarnation of the Great Yogi Shangpa Rinpoche, he began his monastic life. On coming of age at 11, he was ordained in Pokhara by His Holiness the 16th Karmapa. Till this day, Shangpa Rinpoche still remembers the advice and the kind words imparted to him by His Holiness the 16 th Karmapa during a visit to Rumtek. His Holiness had found Shangpa Rinpoche to be of great potential for Dharma propagation. His Holiness believed strongly that the Shangpa Rinpoche will benefit many sentient beings. The words of the late Holiness remain in his heart till this day. They are the source of limitless strength behind all works to propagate Buddha Dharma undertaken by Shangpa Rinpoche. These words are also the source of boundless inspiration to Shangpa Rinpoche in managing his numerous projects to benefit as many sentient beings as he possibly can.

A Young Shangpa Rinpoche

Thereafter, the life of young Shangpa Rinpoche was filled with intensive studies of the ancient ritual arts and Buddhist scriptures. He was placed under the guidance of the late Venerable Dupseng Rinpoche as well as many other learned teachers. On reaching the age of 16, Rinpoche joined The Tibetan Higher Institute of Buddhist Studies in Varanasi . During the course of studies, he mastered Buddhist Philosophy, literature, poetry, history of Buddhism and the Sanskrit Language. He has also been conferred by many great teachers with important empowerments and essential teachings. These teachers include His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, His Holiness the 14th Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche, Urgyen Tulku Rinpoche, Trulshing Rinpoche, Chogye Tri Rinpoche, Tenga Rinpoche, Khunu Rinpoche, Khenpo Richen, the late Dupseng Rinpoche, Choje Lama Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche and the illustrious list goes on. Like in his past life, Rinpoche has both undertaken and completed many retreats.

At the age of 19, in the year 1976, Ven. Shangpa Rinpoche lost his teacher, Ven. Dupseng Rinpoche. Jangchub Choeling Monastery was built in 1963 by the late Dupseng Rinpoche, who was the teacher of Shangpa Rinpoche during his young age. In the beginning, there were only a handful of monks ordained in the monastery. However, the numbers started growing as many parents requested for their sons to be ordained under the late Dupseng Rinpoche. With the blessings and the gracious help of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, the monastery expanded. At that time, there were as many as 40 monks studying in the monastery. Those with potential, like Shangpa Rinpoche, were sent to further their studies at The Tibetan Higher Institute of Buddhist Studies in Varanasi. At that juncture of time, Rinpoche was in his 4th year of studies. Under the instructions of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, Ven. Shangpa Rinpoche undertook the responsibilities and position of his late teacher and became the Abbot of Jangchub Choeling Monastery in Pokhara, Nepal. Ascension to the position of Abbot of the monastery also marked the beginning of tirelessly continuing the noble aspirations of his late teacher and His Holiness. There has not been a day in the past 20 years when Shangpa Rinpoche has not worked towards the betterment of Jangchub Choeling Monastery.

Dupseng Rinpoche

Dupseng Rinpoche

The present Dupseng Rinpoche was born on the 17th November 1981 in Mundgod in the southern India.

Even before giving birth to Rinpoche, his mother Tselha Dolma had a dream about having a spiritual son in her womb. One night she was dreaming that 4 Bodhisattvas appeared in the sky, and took out their golden rope and placed it nicely on her womb, leaving a message for her saying that this son was very special and she should take very good care of him.

Suddenly, she woke up from her dream and felt very good afterwards. Few months after this, she gave birth to the son who later was recognized as the Dupseng Rinpoche tulku.

At the age of two, he started talking, and telling everyone that he himself had 2 monasteries; 1 in Tibet and the other one in Nepal. Nobody cared much for this information.

Near the place where Rinpoche grew up, a small Kagyupa monastery was situated, and Rinpoche liked this very much. He often went there to visit and play the bell, damaru and other music instrument for the rituals.

Already when Rinpoche was 4 years old he wanted to become a monk, and his parents allowed him to do so. Rinpoche was ordained and officially declared as a monk by one great dharma practitioner in India.

During his life in the Monastery, Rinpoche was a very talented monk eager to learn ritual arts, chanting as well as being involved in many spiritual activities. The head of the Monastery, called Lama Dupgyud Rinpoche, found this young boy very special. As well as he perceived and treated him particularly special among others in the Monastery.

After sometime His Holiness Shamar Rinpoche, and H.E. Tai Situ, and H.E. Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche recognised that boy as the previous Dupseng Rinpoche. Within one month's time, his previous disciples from Pokhara came and welcomed him. They then requested his parents to allow them to bring Rinpoche back to his Monastery in Pokhara.

Fortunately, his parents allowed Rinpoche to be brought back to his Monastery in Nepal. In order to bring him back, in 1987, two of his previous life's disciples came to Mundgod as representatives from the Monastery. On the way to Nepal His Holiness Shamar Rinpoche made the offical enthronement ceremony at the Karma Kagyu seat, Rumtek Monastery.

Dupseng Rinpoche studied under numerous masters in Pokhara. At the age of 14; Rinpoche joined "Vikrama Shilla Buddhist Institute" in Pokhara, and studied for 6 years. Rinpoche studied with great effort, and through his hardship he managed to obtain every year first position in his class and graduated with BA in Buddhist Philosophy.

After this Rinpoche joined University of Cambridge in UK for English Literature, Theology and completed his studies with the degree MA in Theology.

From May 27th - August 10th 2002 Rinpoche made a special retreat at "Dhagpo Kundreul Ling" in France together with His Holiness 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Gyaltrul Rinpoche and Nendo Rinpoche. The retreat was guided by the experienced master Kenchen Trinley Paljor Rinpoche, who transmitted the "Six Yogas of Naropa" to the small group.

From 2002 onwards, Rinpoche has been traveling to North America, Europe, and other Asian countries to spread the teachings from Buddha Sakyamuni, which is the source of momentary and ultimate happiness.

Sang Sang Rinpoche

In 1959, Sang Sang Rinpoche was born to Mr. Pasang and Mrs. Tsering Yudron. Extraordinary signs accompanied his birth and from a very young age, he clearly remembered his previous life and recited texts in meditative posture, through having awakened good karmic imprints. Due to these extraordinary feats, his parents informed Dhephuk Rinpoche, who consulted H.H. the 16th Karmapa and Trushik Rinpoche. They all agreed to enthrone him at Senge Phuk in Solukhumbu in 1965 as the incarnation of Lama Tenzin Chodar. Lama Tenzin Chodar was a hidden yogi and a close disciple of the previous Trulshik Rinpoche, Kunzang Tokdol Dorje. He is also the father of the present Trulshik Rinpoche.

Tseyang Rinpoche

Tulku Tseyang Rinpoche is regarded as a great Mahasiddha whose fame spread beyond the frontiers of Western Tibet, and Nepal. His third incarnation was recognized by HH the 15th Gyalwa Karmapa, Khakhyab Dorje when he was 5 years old and was a great meditator.

The current Tseyang Rinpoche is the fourth incarnation. He was formally recognized by H.E. Shamar Rinpoche and was given the name Karma Lungthok Tenpai Nyima. The formal enthronement ceremony and hair offering of Tseyang Tulku Rinpoche was made during the auspicious Kagyud Monlam festival at Bodh Gaya on 25th December 1996 in the presence of the His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje and His Holiness Shamar Rinpoche. He has completed all his Buddhist studies and obtained his certification from Vikramashila Buddhist Institute. He is a qualified Lama, giving teachings to the monks in Jangchub Choeling Monastery. He has just completed his traditional 3 and half year retreat at Pharping and was appointed as Vajra Master of Jangchub Choeling Monastery.

Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche

Maniwa Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche, a highly respected lama of the Kagyu lineage. "Maniwa" is a title given to masters of the Chenrezig practice who have accomplished at least a billion Om Mani Padme Hung mantras.

Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche

Rinpoche was ordained in Rumtek by the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje. An exceptionally gifted student, Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche mastered all aspects of traditional Buddhist study including the sutras and tantras, rituals and music, the sciences, art and composition.

Since completing the 3-year retreat under Bokar Rinpoche, Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche has been supporting the activity of the Kagyu lineage through his tireless commitment to practicing, giving transmission and guiding disciples. Among his many activities, Rinpoche is retreat master of the 3-year retreat center in Pharping. He built and oversees a monastery of a hundred nuns west of Kathmandu, and his plans to build a monks' monastery east of the capital is developing.

Several times a year Rinpoche leads thousands of practitioners in the practices of Nyoung-ne and Chenrezig at his Nyeshang Monastery in Swayambhunath. Over twenty billion Chenrezi mantras have been accumulated over the past quarter century.

Rinpoche's teaching style is deep, direct and accessible. His teachings, peppered with practical advice, stories and warm humor, leave a lasting impression on all who are fortunate enough to hear them.

Khenpo Tsultrim Tharchin

Khenpo Tsultrim was born in Mustang at 1964. Mustang is revered by Tibetan Buddhists to be a holy place that has a very deep affinity with Guru Rinpoche. During his childhood, his family moved to Pokhara where he later entered into monkhood. In Pokhara, he has learned all the various rituals and mastered the Tibetan language under the compassionate guidance of the Late Ven. Dupseng Rinpoche and other teachers.

Khenpo Tsultrim Tharchin

He furthered his studies in Buddhism at the Karma Shree Nalenda Institute in Rumtek. He graduated in Buddhist Philosophy with a Degree.

Khenpo Tsultrim has visited many countries of Southeast Asia and Europe. He has given numerous teachings in Buddhist philosophy during these visits. Khenpo Tsultrim entered into a traditional retreat three and a half-year long in Pharping under the compassionate guidance of Ven. Choje Shereb Rinpoche. He is a qualified retreat lama.

Under the request of Ven. Shangpa Rinpoche, Khenpo has undertaken the responsibilities being the Chief Abbot (Khenpo) of Vikrama Shila Higher Buddhist Institute. He is currently teaching over a hundred lamas there.

Khenpo Tsultrim is a knowledgeable practitioner. He has proven himself to be a good teacher who conducts excellent teachings that benefit followers who are serious about their practice.

As our guest lecturer at KIBS, he will be conducting the short courses and leading the retreats held by the institute.