Rinpoche is a Drikung Kagyu lama who holds both Nyingma and Drikung
lineage. He was born into a nomadic family in eastern Tibet. A delegation
of high lamas, including the Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa, concluded
that he was an incarnation of a Drikung Kagyu lama.
Rinpoche continues the unbroken line of succession of the Drikung
Phowa lamas from the Supreme Guru Dorje Chang to the present time.
He has done extensive retreat on Phowa practice and is widely recognized
as a Phowa master. Rinpcohe was one of the first Drikung lamas to
leave Tibet. After living for five years at Namdrol Ling monastery
in Bylakuppe, India, Rinpoche started to build his Thupten Shedrub
Jangchub Ling monastery, also in Bylakuppe.
The core of
Rinpoches vision is compassionate activity (bodhichitta) undertaken
from pure purpose and supported by strong practice. These three
themes compassionate activity, pure purpose, and strong
practice are woven through all of Rinpoches talks, activities,
and directions. The three are not separate and one gets a strong
sense that each supports, even enables the others. Without all three,
there is an imbalance. When
asked which of the three is the most important, Rinpoche replied,
compassionate activity is at the heart of our practice.
We cant ignore it. It is absolutely vital."
Rinpoche is vegetarian.