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His Eminence Gar Shabdrung Rinpoche
Posted on August 19, 2012

Biography of His Eminence Gar Shabdrung Rinpoche
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His Eminence Gar Shabdrung Rinpoche
Shabdrung Ngawang Khyenrab Rinchen Paljor Rinpoche of Jamchen Lhakhang monastery was born in 1971 in Lo-Charang, Mustang, west of Nepal, into the royal family of Mustang. Shabdrung Rinpoche’s mother is the youngest daughter of the late 24th King Jampal Tenzing Dandul and late queen Kelsang Choeden, who was the elder sister of His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche.
During a visit by His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche to Mustang, the middle son of Shabdrung Rinpoche’s family was offered to take his monk hood in accordance with Tibetan tradition. However, His Eminence said Shabdrung Rinpoche, the youngest son, would be a great monk and should be ordained as a monk instead. At the age of six, Shabdrung Rinpoche was blessed by the hair cutting ceremony and was given the name Rinchen Paljor.
At the age of eight, Shabdrung Rinpoche took his novice vow with His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche in the Lumbini Monastery and was named Ngawang Rinchen Paljor. Ngawang is the first name of His Eminence. From then Shabdrung Rinpoche mastered the monastic scriptural rituals and musical accompaniment of the rituals.
In 1992, as His Eminece Chogye Trichen Rinpoche’s previous Shabdrung Tenzing Thinley Rinpoche gave up his monk hood, His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche had envisioned Shabdrung Rinpoche to be his next Shabdrung. Hence Shabdrung Rinpoche was enthroned as Shabdrung Ngawang Richen Paljor. Shabdrung Rinpoche then studied under His Eminence’s guidance.
In 1996, together with Gyana Vajra Rinpoche, Tulku Dorjee Denpa and Ngaglo Tulku Rinpoche, Shabdrung Rinpoche received the full bikshu ordination from His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche and His Eminence Ludhing Khenchen Rinpoche who were accompanied by some other senior bikshus.
Shabdrung Rinpoche was educated in Sakya Institute and Sakya College on major Buddhist texts and graduated from Sakya College obtaining the degree of Ka Chu Pa (Bachelor of Arts) by accomplishing the ten spiritual texts, which include the major divisions of Buddhist Philosophy.
Shabdrung Rinpoche has received major teachings and transmissions from His Holiness Sakya Trizin, His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche and His Eminence Ludhing Khenchen Rinpoche such as Lamdre empowerments, collection of tantra and sadhana. He has also conducted several meditation retreats at Lumbini Monastery, Mustang and Jamchen Lhakhang monastery under the direct guidance of His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche.
Shabdrung Rinpoche now resides in Kathmandu. He continues to teach and spread the message of dharma in the path shown by His Eminence Late Chogye Trichen Rinpoche.