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Kagyu Teachers - 12th Trungpa Rinpoche

12th Trungpa Rinpoche

Chokyi Senge, "Lion of Dharma", was born in 1989 in Derge, Tibet to a nomadic family.
In 1991, during a tour of Tibet, H.E. Tai Situ Rinpoche recognized him as the reincarnation of the last Trungpa Rinpoche. A year later he was enthroned at Surmang Dutsi-Til Monastery. After the enthronement, Trungpa Rinpoche spent the next twelve years primarily with his parents in Derge, visiting Surmang frequently and beginning his education at the Palpung shedra, which is part of Palpung monastery, the traditional seat of the Tai Situ Rinpoches in Tibet.


In 2003, Trungpa Rinpoche took up residence at Surmang Dutsi Til. One important reason for this is that in this way he can learn the special traditions of Surmang from the elderly monks.  Now he is studying at Surmang Namgyaltse Monastery and at Serta Institute.  Once the shedra at Surmang Dutsi Til is completed, which includes living quarters for him, he will assume his seat there.