His Eminence Rongtha Kyabgon Rinpoche His Eminence Rongtha Kyabgon Rinpoche
The current Rongtha Kyabgon Rinpoche Lobsang Thubten Jigme Namgyal was recognised by His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of the previous... His Eminence Rongtha Kyabgon Rinpoche

Born 10 July 1913 in the province of Kham in eastern Tibet, the current Rongtha Kyabgon Rinpoche Lobsang Thubten Jigme Namgyal was recognised by His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama and some other Rinpoches and High Lamas as the reincarnation of the previous Rongtha Rinpoche. It is said that the 9th Panchen Lama Thubten Choekyi Nyima also sent his representatives to the home of the infant Rongtha Rinpoche.

Based on the lineage invocation, Rongtha Rinpoche’s incarnations can be traced directly back to the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. His illustrious lineage of incarnations encompass many highly accomplished and erudite Lamas. To illustrate, His Eminence the 1st Rongtha Rinpoche Kalsang Trinley Lhundrub of Ra Nyang Monastery served as an advisor to His Holiness the 7th Dalai Lama Gyalwa Kalsang Gyatso whilst the collected works (covering four volumes) of His Eminence the 3rd Rongtha Rinpoche Lobsang Dhamchoe Gyatso constitute the text books used for studies in Gyume Tantric College.

The 9th Panchen Lama Thubten Chokyi Nyima

The 9th Panchen Lama Thubten Choekyi Nyima

Rongtha Rinpoche started his monastic life at the age of four. He was taken to the native monastery of his predecessor where he stayed until he formally entered Sera Jey Monastery at the age of 10. He received his novice ordination from His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama and the full ordination vows from the 9th Panchen Lama Thubten Choekyi Nyima.

Following in the footsteps of his predecessor, Rongtha Rinpoche studied in Sera Jey Monastery and graduated in 1950. Upon completion of his studies, Rongtha Rinpoche pursued further studies in Tantra according to the curriculum of Gyume Tantric College.

Rongtha Rinpoche also received extensive instruction, detailed teachings on the lineage, initiations, empowerments, practical guidance and mentoring in hundreds of practices related to the Sutras and Tantras that are outside the scope of the formal monastic curriculum from esteemed erudite Lamas including Kyabje Khanser Dorje Chang, His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, Kyabje Dagri Dorje Chang, Lhatsun Dorje Chang, Regent Taktra Rinpoche, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang, Yongdzin Lingtrul Rinpoche and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. With the blessings of these unique masters, Rongtha Rinpoche subsequently undertook extensive retreats.

Rongtha Kyabgon Rinpoche

Rongtha Kyabgon Rinpoche

Upon completion of his studies at Gyume Tantric College, Rongtha Rinpoche returned to his native monastery, Ra-Nyag Monastery, in Kham whose residents comprise some 700 monks. In August 1958, Rongtha Rinpoche left for India to undertake a pilgrimage to the holy Buddhist sites and subsequently settled there. Based on records, Rongtha Rinpoche steadfastly propitiated Dharmapala Dorje Shugden throughout his life and never wavered in his practice.

Rongtha Rinpoche is one of the few and rare reincarnate Lamas who are fully qualified to undertake the most powerful and complex Tantric rituals to benefit sentient beings. In addition, Rongtha Rinpoche is also known to be very skilled in the accuracy of his divinations and many travel great distances to his residence in Ladakh Budh Vihar, Delhi in order to seek divinations from him.

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  • Fong

    Posted on July 27, 2016 #1 Author

    Starting monastic life at age 5, joining Sera Jey Monastery at age 10, then upon completion of studies at Sera Jey, His Eminence Rongtha Kyabgon Rinpoche went on to study Tantra at Gyume Tantric College. Further teachings from illustrious and erudite masters were conferred on His Eminence Rongtha Kyabgon Rinpoche. Master of Divination and sought by many, he steadfastly held his practice on Dorje Shugden throughout his life.

    A master whose footsteps we should aspire to, to hold our commitments and maintain a clean samaya with our Root Guru.

    Thank you, Admin for the article on this great lama. May His Eminence Rongtha Kyabgon Rinpoche have long life and good health to spread the dharma to the ten directions.

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  • Sofi

    Posted on August 15, 2016 #2 Author

    Such an inspiring read of the biography of His Eminence Rongtha Kyabgon Rinpoche. From young he was recognised as a high reincarnate, tracing back to Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. Rongtha Rinpoche’s attainments were such that he is one of the few rare reincarnate Lamas fully qualified to undertake the most powerful and complex Tantric rituals to benefit sentient beings. He is also highly accuracy of his divinations which many travelled from afar to seek.

    Thank you dorjeshugden.org for sharing the biography of such an eminent Master. May His Eminence Rongtha Kyabgon Rinpoche’s life be long to continue benefitting all with the turning of the Wheel of Dharma.

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  • Alice Tay

    Posted on September 4, 2017 #3 Author

    Rongtha Kyabgon Rinpoche, an erudite master completed his studies at Gyume Tantric College, with his eminent past incarnations can be traced directly back to the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, and one of his incarnations was the advisor to HH the 7th Dalai Lama.

    Rongtha Kyabgon Rinpoche has strong faith in Dorje Shugden and therefore he steadfastly propitiated Dharmapala Dorje Shugden throughout his life. Rongtha Kyabgon Rinpoche is 104 years old this year, this proved that Dorje Shugden may not harm anyone but prolong the great master’s life so that they can stay longer to spread dharma for the benefit of all sentient beings.

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