The Biographies
The Main Teachers of Dechen Choekhor Monastery
H.E. The 9th Kyabje Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche
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H.E. The 9th Kyabje Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche, Thutop Choekyi Wangchuk - the spiritual head of Dechen Choekhor Lineage of Drukpa Kargyu

His Eminence The 9th and present Druk Shabdrung Choekyi Gonpo, or in short, Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche, was born in northern India, in the remote Himalayan region of Kinnaur. He was recognized at the age of four by the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa and the 8th Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche. Rinpoche's yogic parents were the devoted and accomplished disciples of previous Choegon Rinpoche.

The Shabdrung Choekyi Gonpo, an emanation of Vajrapani, is one of the two main lineage masters of the Drukpa Kargyu tradition, and the spiritual head of the lineage of Dechen Choekhor.

At the age of six, Rinpoche was enthroned at Khampagar Monastery, Tashi Jong, the seat of Khamtrul Rinpoche in India. He then began his formal comprehensive traditional monastic training and education. When he was nineteen, Rinpoche began his nine-years studies in Buddhist philosophy, focused on the Sutrayana study of the Kagyu and Nyingma tradition, and was awarded with a Khenpo's degree, which equivalent to a PhD at the age of twenty-eight.

Rinpoche's three root gurus were: H.E. the 8th Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche, from whom he received the transmission of the most vital teachings of Drukpa Kargyu Lineage of Dechen Choekhor; H.H. the late Kyabje Dilgo Khyenste Rinpoche, who gave him the teachings of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism, and guided Rinpoche to complete many Nyingma practices in retreat. Rinpoche most important and instrumental root guru of this life-time was H.E. the 8th Kyabje Adeu Rinpoche, the main holder of Choegon Rinpoche's spiritual lineage. Adeu Rinpoche transmitted the entire Drukpa Kargyu canon to him over one year at Tashi Jong in 1989, and subsequently Rinpoche accomplished all the important practices and retreats of the Drukpa Kargyu under the adept and dear guidance of this third root guru.

Rinpoche's profound realization and ability to communicate the Buddha's wisdom to others with great precision and clarity, together with his warmth and humour makes him a much adored and revered teacher. He has been teaching in Asia, Europe, North America and South America for over two decades, and is renowned for his sharpness and proficiency to present the teachings in a way that is perfectly attuned to the minds of students of all levels and backgrounds. Rinpoche is very much loved by all. Through his selfless dedication, his transcendent wisdom and skills, Rinpoche has inspired and guided many to embark on the spiritual journey to ultimate happiness laid before us by Lord Buddha.

Rinpoche currently residing in the United States, and in line with the visions and missions of Jana-Vajra Foundation, Rinpoche has been traveling extensively to propagate the lineage teachings and practices, as well as training the sanghas of Dechen Choekhor Monastery and its branch monasteries -->  read the  Long Biography of Choegon Rinpoche

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Venerable The 10th Somang Rinpoche
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Ven. The 10th Somang Rinpoche, Ngawang Yeshi Palsang - the president of Dechen Choekhor Monastery

Venerable the 10th Somang Rinpoche was born at the sacred place of Nako, situated on the brink of the great holy site of Sorakshita (also known as "Somang") - one of the eight divine mansions of the dakas and dakinis of the physical mandala of Chakrasamvara, where many celebrated noble beings had descended in the past.

At the age of 11, he was formally recognized by H.E. the 9th Kyabje Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche as the unmistaken reincarnation of the glorious Rigdzin Choedak, a great yogi of Drukpa Kargyu in Kinnaur; and enthroned to the seat of the Somang Rinpoches. The 8th Kyabje Dozong Rinpoche conducted his hair-cutting ceremony and bestowed him with the monastic ordination of novice monk -->  read full biography ...

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