H.E. Hosel Dorje Rinpoche is one of the foremost Meditation Masters and
Buddhist Scholars who was born with various miraculous signs in Dege,
Eastern Tibet as an incarnate lama as well as lineage holder of the Nyingma
School of Tibetan Buddhism. Rinpoche studied Tibetan Buddhism and practised
strict meditation in Tibet for decades under the guidance of his
father,Terton Dorjee Tsegyal Rinpoche of the Dzongmar Monastery and many
other revered Buddhist Masters. Later he fled to India and continued to
engage all his time doing strict meditation retreats in various caves and
hermitages, teaching and practising Mahayana and Tantrayana Buddhism
throughout the Himalayan regions of India, Bhutan, and Nepal, as well as
other Asian and Western countries.
H.E. Wosel Dorje Rinpoche is also a living "Terton" and a Divination
Master. He is known for his ability to reveal hidden treasures. A Terton
refers to the one who can reveal sacred hidden teachings in Tibetan
Buddhism. Rinpoche continues to display unmistakable qualities of a
compassionate buddhisattva enlightened saviour working to benefit all the
sentient beings. A master with few words but his accomplishments in
practice and study are as vast as Buddhism itself.
Rinpoche was appointed by H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama as the Spiritual
Director of the Ngakpa Monastery in Dharamasala. So he is currently leading
the Monastery under the guidance of H.H. The Dalai Lama and spends all his
times in teaching and practising strict meditation, ancient Tibetan
rituals, rites, ceremonies for living, dying and the dead.
It has been Rinpoche's ardent wish since long to build a Monastery with a
Retreat Center where any person with strong aspiration and dedication can
engage in studying and practising Buddhism and developing a compassionate
Buddha heart for a peaceful and harmonious living. With the generous and
kind support of one of his students, he managed to acquire a land for this
purpose. The site for the purposed monastery is situated amidst Pharping's
lush, forested hills in Nepal. The area of Pharping is very sacred to
practioners of Vajrayana Buddhism, for it was here that Padmasambhava, the 8
th Century Tantric Sage, achieved enlightenment. For centuries Pharping has
been a center for spiritual practice. So, like many others Rinpoche
considers this site very auspicious and requests all his friends and
followers to support this noble project.
H.E. Dhondup Rinpoche - Deputy Spiritual Director
H.E. Dhondup Rinpoche is the reincarnation of H.E. PowoTerton Rinpoche.
PowoTerton Rinpoche was born in Amdo, the North Eastern region of Tibet to a highly revered Golok family. Due to Rinpoche’s outstanding brightness and inherent qualities, as a young child he readily comprehended both reading and writing and showed great understanding and interest in studies. He was later recognised as the reincarnation of a lama from a monastery in North Eastern Tibet. But due to political unrest in Tibet, he could not take his seat in the monastery and wandered from one place to another as a spiritual sojourn visiting many holy places and spending most of his precious time in strict retreats in holy caves and remote areas.
Subsequently, he came to Powo and considered it a very special and holy place. Powo is located in Dege, the Kham region in Eastern Tibet. Rinpoche spent many years in Powo doing retreats and eventually started giving teachings and empowerments to the people of the region and its neighbouring places. Rinpoche also worked tirelessly to reveal numerous precious hidden treasures which earned him the title Terton, a treasure revealer. Therefore, he was widely known as PowoTerton Rinpoche. Subsequently, Rinpoche was invited by his ardent followers to a place called Palchung, where he continuously bestowed ripening empowerments like Longchen Nyingthekkyi Phowa, Nyondro- Dzogchen Atisha’s Menkyak, etc. He also gave liberating teachings and spiritual advice to the people in and around the region. Rinpoche showed great compassion to the local people and worked selflessly in helping to solve their problems. When the region was struck with a scarcity of water crisis the people were immensely affected.
With miraculous powers, Rinpoche drew water from barren land and made an abundance of water available for the local people. That water spot is still there as a testament to the miracle and is known as Lama Chu (Lama Water). There are many other instances demonstrating Rinpoche’s extraordinary power, clairvoyance and compassionate deeds. Rinpoche is known throughout the region and amongst his many followers is one of the most respected and revered masters who spent most of his life in retreats and in serving the community.
H.E. Dhondup Rinpoche was born in the Fire-Pig year of the Tibetan Lunar calendar is the eldest son of the renowned Terton or treasure revealer, H.E. Hosel Dorje Rinpoche, a lineage holder of the holy Chura Dhung Lineage. His mother Dhayang hails from the noble Nambhu family of Kham Dege, a family-line descending from the renowned Dhungwairi Nyima Gyaltsen.
At the age of six, Dhondup Rinpoche was recognised as a reincarnate lama by His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche, widely known as H.H. Penor Rinpoche, then the supreme head of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, during the latter’s visit to Palyul Namgyal Changchub Choling Monastery in Tibet for the RinchenTerdzod (Treasury of Precious Treasures) empowerment. Upon recognition, H. H. Penor Rinpoche conferred upon him the blessings and a religious rob and gave him the name Thupten Dawa. Hence, Dhondup Rinpoche is the holder of two spiritual lineages, including dungjud or hereditary line, into which he was born, as well as the reincarnation of H.E. Powo Terton Rinpoche which he carries forward from his previous life, as Tulku.
After recognition H.E. Dhondup Rinpoche joined his monastery, LugharTashi Choeling, where he studied reading, writing, grammar, memorization of important prayers and rituals under the tutorship of Venerable Lama Tsewang Tenzin. At the age of 14 under the direction of Changkhang Rinpoche Thupten Palsang of the Palyul Mother Monastery, he joined the Palyul Monastery Shedra Yajur Tholop Thoe Sam Dhargye Ling and completed his higher studies in the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism. After completing his studies in the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, Rinpoche, under the direction of Choktrul Thubsang Rinpoche, studied Nyondro, Chogha Chaklen and Dhang Yang Rol Sum. Subsequently, H .H. Penor Rinpoche formally enthroned him as the reincarnation of Powo Terton Rinpoche. The reincarnation was later confirmed by H.H. Dalai Lama and H.E. Tai Situ Rinpoche.
Following the completion of his studies and training in Palyul and his spiritual practices, he went to India, Nepal and Bhutan for pilgrimage. During which, he received many teachings, empowerments and transmissions from H. H. Dalai Lama, H.H. Drubwang Penor Rinpoche and his father, H.E. Terton Hosel Dorjee Rinpoche. He stayed in these Himalayan regions for a few years doing prostrations, circumambulations, retreats and charitable works for the benefit of mankind. He also started a non-profit organisation to provide free language courses to people regardless of their castes or creed and irrespective of their ages.
Presently, H.E. Dhondup Rinpoche resides at his center in Malaysia. Much of the year, Rinpoche travels to different countries mainly in Asia to give teachings, reading transmissions, doing rituals for his followers, dharma students and friends. Rinpoche continues to work selflessly for the welfare of the monks of his monastery, the local community, the poor, street children and other disadvantaged persons providing health, and education services.