His Eminence Sokpu Rinpoche, also known as Bundasheri Tulku Guru Deva, is considered to be the reincarnation of one of the 84 great Mahasiddhas of ancient India. He was born in 1908 in Hanchen Hosguu of Ordos in Inner Mongolia and was enthroned on the Hutugtu throne at a young age. He lived there until 1928 when he was 20 years old.
Sokpu Rinpoche then travelled to the Monastic University of Drepung where he studied under great masters like Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, Kyabje Yongzin Trijang Dorje Chang, Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche and Kyabje Gonsar Rinpoche. He studied the Sutras and Tantras extensively and was a very learned and qualified Lama.
After His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s escape from Tibet in 1959, Sokpu Rinpoche made many generous offerings and donations to the Dalai Lama and his two tutors. He was instrumental in re-establishing the Palace of the Dalai Lama, the three great monastic universities of Gaden, Sera and Drepung as well as many other monasteries, temples and residences.
Sokpu Rinpoche also shared and spread the Dharma among the Tibetan community of which he had become a part of. All his teachings were disseminated with the thought and motivation to benefit the great Dharma and all sentient beings.
In 1986 aged 78, Sokpu Rinpoche closed his printing press, donated his houses in Drepung Gomang and Nepal to the monastery and returned to his country of birth, Mongolia. Buddhism in Mongolia had more or less dissolved as the monastic order in Mongolia was either dead or had renounced Buddhism. As of the late 1940s, there was only one operational monastery left, Gaden Monastery near Ulaanbaatar with a community of 100 monks which was more for international display rather than functionality. This monastery has since been reinvigorated as Gandantegchinlen Monastery by the post-Communist governments of the country.
In 1991, after the move away from Communism in 1990 and the beginning of the revival of Buddhism in Mongolia, Sokpu Rinpoche began the project of restoring Amarbayasgalant, the monastery of Undur Gegeen. Having accomplished what he intended to do, Sokpu Rinpoche decided to continue to restore more temples, statues, scriptures and residences to provide education for the benefit of the local populace.
By 1992 when he was 84 years old, Sokpu Rinpoche had restored and returned many facilities to the monks and lay people of Mongolia. Moreover, Rinpoche continued to work tirelessly and extensively for the revival of the education of the monastic order.
This great Mongolian Lama, His Eminence Sokpu Rinpoche or Guru Deva Rinpoche is considered by many in the Tibetan and Mongolian community to be the emanation of Gyenze, the ‘increasing’ form of Dorje Shugden. He entered clear light and left his earthly body in 2009 aged 101 years old.
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