H.E. Kyabje Khyungser Trichen Rinpoche
(Shangrila Tulku 香格里拉活佛)
His Eminence Kyabje Khyungser(1) Trichen Rinpoche was born in the Iron Bird year in Switzerland into the Homa Tsokar(2) Khyungser family of Gyalthang Shangrila in Eastern Tibet.
An old Nyingma Yogi had predicted that Rinpoche’s mother Yum Tashi Lhamo would bear a son who would be a protector; powerful and wise like the Cha Khyung(3) and would turn the wheel of Dharma for the benefit of all sentient beings.
Rinpoche’s father Yab Kusho Ngawang Keden was a former monk of Shangrila Sumtseling Monastery who studied with his brother (a Tulku of Drepung Pomra Khangtsen) under the guidance of Great Buddhist Masters at the famous Drepung Monastery in Central Tibet. At this period Drepung Monastery constituted of about 9000 monks.
Yab Kusho’s teacher His Holiness Trichen Yeshe Dhondup, the 99th Head of the Gelug School, had blessed His Eminence Kyabje Khyungser Trichen Rinpoche during his six months stay at the Khyungser residence in Switzerland.
Shangrila Tulku Kyabje Khyungser Trichen Rinpoche was officially recognized(4) as the incarnation of His Holiness the great Dharma King Trichen Gendun Tsultrim Rinpoche who was the 65th Ganden Tripa, successor to the saint Je Tsongkhapa (founder of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism) and tutor to the Panchen Lama.
Trichen Gendun Tsultrim Rinpoche’s spiritual incarnation lineage goes far back into the past to the time of the previous Buddha.
The current incarnation of the 65th Gaden Tripa was blessed and named Namgyal Dorjee which means victorious, indestructible and compassionate by His Holiness Kyabje Yongdzin Trijang Rinpoche, the tutor to the Dalai Lama.
While in the West, Rinpoche’s father Khyungser Yab Kusho maintained a strong bond with his spiritual masters and teachers. Many of whom stayed at the Khyungser residence which created an immense opportunity for young Rinpoche to receive teachings and empowerments from the greatest Tibetan Buddhist masters of the time like H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche, Kyabje Denma Lochoe Rinpoche, H.H.Trisur Lungrik Namgyal Rinpoche, Kyabje Gonsar Rinpoche and Kyabje Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche.
His Eminence was raised in the West and joined monastic life at a later period. He received his vows from his precious Guru His Eminence Gyumed Khensur Sonam Gyaltsen Rinpoche and was given the Dharma name Sonam Rabgye.
Kyabje Khyungser Trichen Rinpoche was formally enthroned at Ganden Monastery as the incarnation of the Dharma King H.H. Trichen Gendun Tsultrim Rinpoche, the 65th Gaden Tripa (Head of the Gelug lineage of Tibetan Buddhism).
Shangrila Tulku Kyabje Khyungser Trichen Rinpoche is one of the highest ranking incarnation in the Gelug lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. His Eminence is a Throne holder of Shar Ganden Nampar Gyalwa Ling Monastery and belongs to the monastic communities of Ganden Sumtseling Monastery (Shangrila) and the Gyalthangba community of Serpom Thoesam Norling Monastery.
1. In Tibetan, Khyungser means the Golden Garuda but in the Gyalthang dialect Khyungser means new house (khyung-house, ser-new).
2. Homa – milk, tsokar – white river hence the white river of milk. Homatsokar the birthplace of eminent tulkus and masters like Kangyur Tulku of Gaden Sumtseling and Dagpa Rinpoche of the Taglung Kagyud School of Tibetan Buddhism.
3. Cha Khyung (Garuda) personifies the wrathful form of Guru Padmasambhava. The Garuda is regarded as a wise and strong protector who also cures illness and diseases caused by Nagas.
4. Recognized by senior Tulkus and masters, one of them being H.H. Tri Lungrik Namgyal the 101st Ganden Tripa, Supreme head of the Gelug lineage.