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Kagyu Teachers - 9th Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

9. Thrangu Rinpoche

Thrangu Rinpoche was born in Tibet, in 1933. At the age of five, he was recognized by His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa and Tai Situpa as the incarnation of the last Thrangu Rinpoche. He entered Thrangu monastery, where he studied reading, writing, grammar, poetry, astrology and ritual texts. At the age of 23 he received full ordination from the Sixteenth Karmapa.

1959 he was forced to flee to India and went to Rumtek monastery in Sikkim, India. At the age of 35 he took the Geshe Lharampa examination and was awarded the highest Khenchen degree.


Thrangu Rinpoche was named Abbot of Rumtek monastery. At this time he was one of the principal teachers at the Institute, training the younger Tulkus of the lineage including Situ Rinpoche, Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, Gyaltsab Rinpoche and Ponlop Rinpoche. Currently he is the personal tutor for His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa.
1976 Thrangu Rinpoche founded his monastery Thrangu Tashi Choling in Boudhanath, Kathmandu, Nepal, later also a retreat center and college at Namo Buddha, Nepal, a monastery in Sarnath, India, where the Buddha gave his first teaching and several other projects.
Around 1976, Thrangu Rinpoche began giving Buddhist teachings in the West and has since traveled throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States.