Born in 2010 in Lhorong County in Chamdo Prefecture of the Tibet Autonomous Region, His Eminence the 13th Dagom Chocktrul Rinpoche Lobsang Khyenrab Tenpai Wangchuk was recognised several years ago by Zonglo Chocktrul Rinpoche Jampa Khedrup, the second highest lama of Jampa Ling Monastery in Chamdo. As is sometimes done in the case of high lamas, his recognition was kept a secret until his official enthronement ceremony in 2016.
On 21 November 2016, the young incarnation was enthroned in the presence of approximately 20,000 faithful practitioners and devotees at Lhorong County’s Shodo Monastery. Shodo is the traditional seat of the Dagom Rinpoche lineage of incarnations.
Just like his predecessor, Dagom Chocktrul Rinpoche is considered to be an emanation of Vajrapani, who is the embodiment of all the Buddhas’ power.
His previous lives include great masters such as Ra Lotsawa – the Father of the Yamantaka Tantras, Je Sherab Senggye – the founder of Gyume Tantric College and Lhalung Pelgyi Dorje – the disciple of Guru Rinpoche who killed the evil King Langdharma thus allowing Buddhism to flourish once again in Tibet.
More recently, Dagom Chocktrul Rinpoche’s immediate previous life, the 12th Dagom Rinpoche, was particularly influential on the Dorje Shugden lineage, installing Dorje Shugden as one of the supramundane protectors of the Gelugpa lineage tree and commissioning a comprehensive thangka of Dorje Shugden’s lineage masters, previous lives and retinue.
Thus, it is no wonder that the hundreds of thousands of his previous life’s students are delighted that this eminent lama has returned perfectly and easily, to resume his work to help sentient beings.
The young Dagom Chocktrul Rinpoche has begun his monastic education at Chamdo Jampa Ling Monastery, which is hoe to over 1,300 monks. May the 13th Dagom Rinpoche continue the work of his previous incarnations and spread the Dharma in the ten directions.
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