His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche is the reincarnation of the erudite and attained master, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso, one of the greatest Gelugpa Buddhist masters of the 20th Century, the holder of most Gelug lineages including Dorje Shugden’s practice and junior tutor to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche was born on 15 October 1982 to a Tibetan family in Dalhousie, India. He was recognised by Dorje Shugden and many other high Gelug lineage lamas, including the late Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and His Holiness the 98th Gaden Tripa Jampel Shenpen. On 23 April 1985, he was also recognised by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
In 2004, Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche migrated to the United States and established Trijang Buddhist Institute in Northfield, Vermont. This is his main seat in North America whilst his main seat in Europe is Tashi Rabten in Austria.
Like any great enlightened master, Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche’s Dharma activities are growing with each passing day. As the spiritual director of Trijang Buddhist Institute, he ensures the preservation of Lama Tsongkhapa’s tradition, spiritual practice and lineage, thus continuing the great work of his previous incarnation, Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang.
From 28 June to 27 July 2014, Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche led a Vajrayogini retreat and fire puja at Trijang Buddhist Institute. A fire puja is a ritual traditionally performed after a retreat to compensate for any faults of unclear meditative stabilisation, and poorly or incompletely recited mantras.
The fire puja, also referred to as the Ritual Fire Offering, can also be performed to pacify the results of unwholesome actions or clear any obstacles and defilements. It may also be engaged in to forestall impending difficulties and illnesses which have manifested themselves through dreams and inauspicious omens.
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