His Holiness the 18th Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche was born in perfect form on 15 October 1982 to a Tibetan family in Dalhousie, India. He is the reincarnation of the previous His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso who was undeniably one of the foremost Tibetan Buddhist masters of our time, taking birth at the turn of the 20th Century and passing away in 1981.
Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang was, for his generation, the repository of the Gaden Oral Tradition originating with the 2nd Buddha — the great Je Tsongkhapa Lobsang Drakpa. Up to the end of his life, the illustrious Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang compassionately and continuously turned the Wheel of Dharma for the sake of all sentient beings.
The main assistant of Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang, Kungo Palden, was primarily responsible for the search for the new incarnation. He consulted Dharmapala Dorje Shugden, who recognised Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche as the unmistaken incarnation of Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang. Such sentiment was also shared by many other high Gelugpa lineage lamas, including the late Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and His Holiness the 98th Gaden Tripa Jampel Shenpen. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama officially recognised Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche as the reincarnation of his predecessor on 23 April 1985.
Following his recognition, Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche completed his primary studies under the compassionate tutelage of his gurus Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
When he was 13 years old, Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche left India for Europe. He lived in Tashi Rabten Monastery for a time under the guidance of His Eminence Gonsar Rinpoche. In 2004, Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche migrated to the United States and settled down at Trijang Buddhist Institute in Northfield, Vermont where he serves as the Spiritual Director.
Trijang Buddhist Institute was officially dedicated to Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche on 18 September 2004. Interestingly, it was originally established by a devoted student of His Eminence Domo Geshe Rinpoche, Rea Barkley. She had begun renovating the pre-existing buildings with the intention of offering everything to her Lama, who instead instructed her to offer it to Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche.
On 23 April 2009, His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal announced his support for Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche’s position as the Spiritual Director of Trijang Buddhist Institute.
Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche’s foremost desire is to continue the legacy of his revered predecessor, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang. His goal is to continue to spread the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism for the happiness of all sentient beings.
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