The Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche is a recognized master of Mahamudra meditation who travels and teaches all over the world. He is renowned for his vast compassionate activity and for making complex teachings accessible to Western students. He directs centers in India, Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia, Tibet, Hong Kong, Taiwan, England, Germany, the United States, and Canada.
Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche was born in 1933 and is the ninth in a succession of tulkus from Thrangu Monastery in Kham, Tibet. At the age of five he was recognized by His Holiness the Sixteenth Gyalwang Karmapa and the Eleventh Palpung Situ Rinpoche.
Rinpoche is the highest scholar of the Kagyu school and has been responsible for the education of the highest tulkus of the Kagyu lineage, including His Eminence Tai Situ Rinpoche, His Eminence Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, and His Eminence Gyaltsab Rinpoche. He is a full holder and teacher of the Kagyu Vajrayana lineages and holds a direct transmission of the special Shentong philosophical traditions.
Because of his vast knowledge of the Dharma, His Holiness the Dalai Lama appointed Thrangu Rinpoche to be the personal tutor for the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa.
Among Thrangu Rinpoche’s major institutions are the Vajra Vidya Institute, his monastic college in Sarnath, India; Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery at Namo Buddha in Nepal; Thrangu Tara Abbey in Kathmandu, Nepal, where nuns receive a full Dharma education; and Shri Mangal Dvip School, a boarding school in Kathmandu, Nepal, providing a modern education for lay Himalayan children as well as young monks and nuns. Monasteries, retreat centers, and dharma groups inspired by Rinpoche’s teachings continue to be established in India, Nepal, and throughout the world.