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His Eminence Chogye Shabdrung Rinpoche
Posted on February 11, 2012

Biography of
His Eminence Chogye Shabdrung Rinpoche


Chogye Zhabdrung Rinpoche was born in the famed Kushang family of Zhalu village, Shigatse in Tibet on 17 March 1981 as the son of (father) Tamding Tsewang – the son of the elder brother of His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche – and (mother) Deden Wangmo. At age 9 Rinpoche joined a local Chinese school where Rinpoche studied Chinese language and Tibetan Grammar for six years i.e., till age 15.
Following the footsteps of His Holiness Dagchen Lodoe Gyaltsen who appointed Kushang Khenrab Choeje as the regent of the great Rongton and which later became a tradition that the Chogye Tripa (Throneholder of Chogye) was selected only from the Kushang family of Che dynasty (Che means tongue – this family is believed to be descended from tongue of a dragon), His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche sent from Nepal a stamp and an edict through the then abbot of Nalanda monastery Geshe Tsultrim Gyaltsen where in the edict it was written that Chogye Zhabdrung Rinpoche would be the 27th Chogye Tripa. As a result of this edict, at the age of sixteen the enthronement ceremony was held at Nalanda monastery in Tibet and soon after Chogye Zhabdrung Rinpoche left for Nepal where he met His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche at Jamchen Lhakhang monastery the 2nd Nalanda monastery.
For the next few years Rinpoche stayed at the feet of H.E. Chogye Trichen Rinpoche serving and receiving teachings, initiations, oral transmissions, quintessential instructions apart from learning the unique ritualistic practices.
At age 19 Chogye Zhabdrung Rinpoche accompanied H.E. Chogye Trichen Rinpoche to visit the sacred pilgrimage place of Bodha Gaya where under His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Rinpoche received ordination vow and became a novice monk. At the age of 20 Rinpoche received full ordination vow from HE Chogye Trichen Rinpoche and became a fully ordained monk.
Headed by Lamdre (Path &Result) Rinpoche received many Tantra initiations, oral transmissions, quintessential instructions from His Holiness Sakya Trizin.
This apart Rinpoche completed secret retreats on Bhoota Damara, Maha Vairocana, Vajrayogini and White Manjushri.
In 2003 in accordance with the advice of His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche, Chogye Zhabdrung joined Sakya College and under the tutorship and guidance of most venerable Khenchen Sonam Gyatso, Rinpoche has been studying Buddhist philosophy since the last seven years.