The Singapore Buddha Sasana Society (Sakya Tenphel Ling)

His Eminence Thartse Khen Rinpoche
Posted on February 11, 2012

Brief Biography of
His Eminence Thartse Khen Rinpoche


HE Thartse Khen Rinpoche

His Eminence Thartse Khen Rinpoche was born on the 16th April 1968 in lomanthang village, Mustang,Nepal. He is also the grand nephew of His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche. Rinpoche was ordained monk at the age of eight in Lomanthang Choede Monastery of Mustang.Rinpoche, at the age of thirteen was recognised and officially enthroned as Thartse Shabdrung Rinpoche by His Holiness Sakya Trizin the supreme head of Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism at Sakya Institute, Puruwala, India. There was a presence of huge gathering of monks, nuns and lay person who have come to receive lamdre teaching(The Path and its fruit) at that auspicious time. He thereafter became a throne holder of Thartse palace of Ngor Monastery. Ngor is a subsect of Sakya Tradition and it has four palaces namely known as Thartse, Luding, Khangsar and Phende.On March 15th 1987, Rinpoche received Bhiksu ordination from His Eminence Ngor Luding Khenchen Rinpoche the 75th throne holder abbot of Ngor Monastery. Under the kind and intensive guidance of Luding Khenchen Rinpoche, he received series of rituals,teachings,empowerment and oral transmission based on Ngor tradition of Sakya. Thartse Shabdrung learned the monastic studies in Ngor Monastery located at Manduwala, Dehradun-India. The monastic study includes learning various rituals, tibetan language and literature, making sand mandalas, playing melodious religious instruments etc.

After successful completion of the monastic studies in Ngor Monastery, Rinpoche studied Buddhist Philosophy and literature in Sakya Institute for seven consecutive years and graduated from there. Thereafter he also studied tantra in Sakya College for couple of years. Rinpoche has also received several instruction and teachings from most important Khenchen Appey Rinpoche and Khenchen Kunga Wangchuk Rinpoche.
Rinpoche has completed many major and important retreats like Four Armed Vajrapani, Mahavairocana, White tara, Hevajra etc. In the summer of 1993, Rinpoche accompanied His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche to Tibet and gave Bhiksu and Novice vows to few thousand monks. He also gave teachings on Sun Rays, Samaya, Guru Yoga 50 Stanzas, Birwapa Protection, White Tara, Gongpa Khensol, Mahavairocana, Hevajra, Wrathful Manjushri etc…
On the 5th of second month of the year 2128 according to Tibetan lunar calendar and 27th of March 2001, Rinpoche was formally enthroned as the 77th Throne holder Abbot of Ngor Monastery presided by His Holiness Sakya Trizin, the supreme head of Sakya Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The auspicious ceremony was conferred in the presence of huge gathering of monks and nuns from various monasteries, lay people from various part of India and Nepal and Dharma disciples from many countries. So, now His Eminence Luding Khen Rinpoche and Thartse Khen Rinpoche sit the throne for alternate years taking the responsibility of all the activities in the monastery.