His Holiness Dodrupchen Rinpoche
The Fourth Dodrupchen Rinpoche is one of the most important living masters of the Nyingma and Dzogchen traditions. As the fourth incarnation of Dodrupchen Jigme Thinley Yodzer, His Holiness is the principal holder of the Longchen Nyingtik teachings. Rinpoche was Born in 1927 in the eastern part of Tibet. His birth was prophesied by the great Fifth Dzogchen Rinpoche Thubten Chokey Dorje, who later also recognized him. From an early age he displayed many miraculous signs of attainment, including prescience and visions of the Buddhas. At the age of four, he went to live at the Dodrupchen monastery, where he was enthroned. Rinpoche studied with the great khenpos of the Dodrupchen and Dzogchen monasteries, and at the age of eleven was given the empowerment and transmission of the Nyingtik Yabshyi and Longchen Nyingtik. Rinpoche had to leave Tibet in October 1957 and moved to Sikkim where he took Chorten Monastery as his permanent residence. As a master whose quiet, gentle, and unassuming demeanor is complemented by a tremendous presence, H.H. Dodrupchen Rinpoche personally looks after the welfare of over seven hundred monks and many Tulkus, including Karma Rinpoche and Nuptul Rinpoche. He has given many empowerments, transmissions, and teachings to thousands of students and practitioners in India, Bhutan and Nepal. Of many great disciples, H.H. Kunzang Thegchhok Yeshey Dorje is his heart son.