Kyabje Trulshig Rinpoche Ngawang Chokyi Lodoe, was born in Lho Talung, Tibet in 1923. He was recognized at the age of four, as the reincarnation of his own heart lama, Trulshig Tendru Dorje by abbot Ngawang Tenzing.

His Eminence Kyabje Trulshig Rinpoche studied at Dza Rong Phu with Ngawang Tenzin and took novice vows at the age of 10. When he was 19, his beloved teacher died and following his wishes, Trulshig Rinpoche took his place as Khenpo (abbot) of Dza Rong Phu monsatery. Shortly after, he went to Mindroling college for further teachings.He took gelong vows from Chung Ngawang Chodar Rinpoche and Khyentse Norbu Rinpoche who were his two main teachers at Mindroling. He also studied with 34 different lamas including Mindroling Dechen Choenzing, learning many aspects of Buddhist scriptures and practice. Later, he studied in Lhasa, and took teachings from Chusep Jetsun Rinpoche, a famous female Lama, and Dudzom Rinpoche, the late head of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism. He studied with Dzongsar Kyentse Rinpoche, Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche, and His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

In 1959, when His Holiness the Dalai Lama went into exile in India, Trulshig Rinpoche also fled south across the Himalayas into the Everest region of Nepal. He stayed at the monastery in Thame for one year, then moved to Chiwong monastery for 5 years. He later established a monastery at Sengye Puhk (the lion cave), above Thupten Choling on the lower slopes of Shyorung Yul Lha. Later, he and his followers established Thupten Choling monastery, now the largest monastery in Nepal with 150 monks and 350 nuns studying and meditating there.

Trulshik Rinpoche holds teachings to some of the rarest traditions, such as “Pacification of the Suffering,” first introduced in Tibet during the 11th century by the Indian yogin Padampa Sangye. His ability to find and learn these rare texts has given him the reputation as a treasure hunter. He has ordained nearly ten thousands monks and nuns and he routinely visits His Holiness the Dalai Lama in order to teach him rare Nyingma traditions.

Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche became the head of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism in 2010 and was one of the main teachers of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama as well as many other younger generations of Nyingma Lamas.

Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche was based in Solokhumbu, Nepal and was considered to be the spiritual heir to several Nyingma masters of the last century such as Dudjom Rinpoche and Dilgyo Khentse Rinpoche.

He passed away at the age of 88 on 2nd September at 8.30am.


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