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Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

When the seventh Gyalwa Karmapa Chodrak Gyatso (1454-1506), visited the regi
on of Thrangu in Tibet, he established Thrangu Monastery and enthroned Sherap Gy
altsen as the first Thrangu Rinpoche, recognizing him as the re-established eman
ation of Shubu Palgyi Senge, one of the twenty-five great siddha disciples of Gu
ru Padmasambhava.
The present, ninth incarnation of Thrangu Rinpoche is an eminent scholar. Kh
enpo Thrangu Rinpoche was born in Tibet in 1933. When he was four, H.H. the Gyal
wa Karmapa and Palpung Situ Rinpoche recognized him as the incarnation of Thrang
u Tulku by prophesying the names of his parents and the place of his birth.
From age seven he studied reading and writing, grammar, poetry, astrology, e
tc., memorized pujas and studied their practices, and completed two ngondros. At
the age of sixteen he began his studies of inner knowledge and philosophy. He m
ade a precise study of the necessary texts with Lama Khenpo Lodro Rapsel. At the
age of twenty-three he received gelong ordination from H.H Karmapa, along with
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Surmang Garwang Rinpoche. He was introduced to the
Absolute Nature by Lama Khenpo Gangshar Wangpo. At the age of twenty-seven he ar
rived in India and, under orders from H.H. Karmapa, went to Rumtek Monastery in
Sikkim. At the age of thirty-five he was given the geshe examination on sutra, t
antra, and the Kagyu tradition in the presence of 1500 monks, all of different s
ects, in Baksa, India, and was given the degree of Geshe Rabjam.
Thrangu Rinpoche is a holder of the zhentong lineage handed down by Jamgon K
ongtrul the Great.
Upon his return to Rumtek he was named Khenpo (abbot) of Rumtek and the Kagy
u sect. Since then he has been the personal tutor of the four main great Karma K
agyu tulkus. Thrangu Rinpoche, along with Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, he s
erves as the head Khenpo of the Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies at
Rumtek Monastery.
In 1976 he founded the retreat center Namo Buddha in Nepal, and in 1981 he s
tarted to build his own shedra (college), Thrangu Tashi Choling, in Boudhanath,
Kathmandu. In 1986 Thrangu Rinpoche accepted Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's invitati
on to be the Abbot of Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, Canada, Thrangu Rinpoche's fir
st monastery in North America.