Mahayana Buddhist Church

A Brief Biography Of His Eminence Trulku Jigme Thubten Rinpoche, popularly known as H. E., Trulku Jigthub Rinpoche

Tulku Jigthub Rinpoche is the immediate reincarnation of the Dzogchen Yogi Lama Thubten Kundhue who was the reincarnation of the great master Thubten Dhongag Rinpoche. Lama Thubten Kundhue was the disciple of the great yogi Togthen Sakya Shri. He founded monastery in Kurtoe and mongar village in eastern Bhutan and propagated Buddhist teachings which brought great benefits to the devotees around.

Tulku Rinpoche was born on 2nd February, 1982 in a small remote village known as Soenakhar located near the great holy site_ Aja_ in eastern Bhutan.

It’s a beautiful village just few hours distance from the very sacred place known as Aja- Nye where Guru Rinpoche visited and blessed the place over 1500 years ago. Infact! It’s believed that in Bhutan there are three most sacred places blessed by Guru Rinpoche, namely Om, A and Hung, (Om-Ba Nye in Tashi Yangtse ), (A- Ja Nye in Sheri Muhung) and (Hung in Paro).

It is said that even though he was born in winter where everything is dried and feathered yet the blossoms of flower sprung showing good omens and signs.

At around three years of age, Rinpoche had a clear memory of his previous life as Lama Thubten Kundhue and recollected about his activities of past life and narrated them genuinely which were witnessed by many people around him particularly by his parents, grandpa, Lama Gyamtsho, who is a serious Buddhist practitioner himself and other intimated relatives. His emininence, Lama Samtrul Rinpoche recognized and confirmed him as the reincarnation of Lama Thubten Kundhue Rinpoche. He gave the name „Jigmed Thubten” inheriting his name from his predecessor.

Rinpoche received all the basic education of Buddhist teachings including the religious liturgical proceedings from his grandpa venerable, Lama Gyamtsho till he was fourteen years of age.

As prophesied by His Holiness, the late His Holiness Tsetrul Rinpoche, to pursue further studies in Vajrayana Buddhism, Tulku Jigthub Rinpoche went to Namdroling Monastery, Mysore, Karnataka, south India founded by His Holiness, the late H.H.,Pema Norbu Rinpoche. During the Nine Years Course of studies in the monastery, Rinpoche completed a wide range of studies covering the whole sets of Sutrayana and Vajrayana teachings under the guidance of many religious ministers, tulkus and acharyas.

Apart from all these, he received the empowerments and instructions of Ngayur KAMA and TERMA of the Nyingma lineage from His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche. Empowerments and instructions of treasure revealer Ratnalingpa, Dorjilingpa, Pedmalingpa, and Karmalingpa were also received from his Holiness and other great masters.

Rinpoche also received important empowerments and instructions from his Holiness Tsetrul Rinpoche. From His Holiness Yangthang Rinpoche, he received the empowerments and pith instructions of the Nyingthig lineage. Likewise, at the very young age, he received empowerments of the Nyingthig lineage from His Holiness Dodrup Rinpoche in Bhutan.

Lineage of His Eminence Trulku Jigthub Rinpoche

Thubten Dhongag Rinpoche was a master, of the Nyingthig Lineage, whose lineage blessings, instructions and accomplishments descended from the great Dzogchen master Paltul Rinpoche of the nineteenth century. His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche, His Holiness Yangthang Rinpoche, and His Holiness Tsetrul Rinpoche, all of whom were the great Dzogchen Masters, were the holders of the Nyingthig Lineage. His Holiness Dodrup Rinpoche is the main Dzogchen Lineage holder today. His Eminence Tulku Jigthub Rinpoche received empowerments and teachings from the prominent Dzogchen masters mentioned above.

So the lineage empowerments, instructions and blessings of venerable Tulku Jigme Thupten Rinpoche originated from Dharmakaya Samantabhadra and passed onto Sambhogakaya Vajrasattva, Nirmanakaya Garab Dorji and then onto Manjumitra, vidhyadhara Shri Singha, Vimalamitra, Pedmakara, king Trisong Deutsen and his consort Yeshi Tsogyal and gradually to Longchen Rabjam who passed onto Jigmed Lingpa and then to Patrul Rinpoche. The empowerments, instructions and teachings were then passed onto yo the great masters mentioned above from whom Tulku Rinpoche received them directly.

At the moment, apart from going into short retreats occasionally, Tulku Rinpoche is working hard in taking care of a temple in Paro, western Bhutan upon the request made by the public and another temple in his native village in eastern Bhutan. Both the temples are in urgent need of renovations. The Sangha members in the both the temples are committed solely towards the activities of bringing benefits to the public solving their problems through Buddhist teachings in various ways.