DHARAMSHALA: Kalon Ven Karma Gelek Yuthok of Department of Religion and Culture, CTA condoled the demise of Kyabje Drubwang Dorzong Rinpoche, one of the most prominent masters of Drukpa Kagyu lineage.
In a letter addressed to the Dorzong Monastery in Gopalpur, Kalon expressed his deepest condolences at the passing of Kyabje Drubwang Dorzong Rinpoche and prayed that Rinpoche’s enlightened activities and aspirations to benefit sentient beings continue with his swift rebirth.
Kalon Karma Gelek Yuthok further wrote that Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche was one of the most learned, practiced, and highly respected teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, who had firm spiritual bond with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other spiritual heads of the various traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.
Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche passed away last Friday on 16 February, while undergoing medical treatment at a hospital in Taiwan.
The Eighth Drubwang Dorzong Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche was born in 1943 in Nyeyul, Eastern Tibet. The Dorzong tulkus are believed to be emanations of Palgyi Dorje, one of the 25 disciples of Padmasambhava, and of Rechungpa, one of the main lineage holders of Milarepa’s teachings. Dorzong Rinpoche was enthroned at the age of three, and at a very early age, Rinpoche showed exceptional aptitude in reading, writing and memorising. At the age of seven he visited Khampagar Monastery to meet the eighth Khamtrul Rinpoche and from the time onwards, Rinpoche began to receive Drukpa Kagyu initiations, teachings and higher practices from Khamtrul Rinpoche as well as from other masters of different traditions.
In 1958, at the age of 15, Dorzong Rinpoche left Tibet for India along with Khamtrul Rinpoche. Until 1969, Dorzong Rinpoche traveled throughout Northern India to receive numerous initiations, teachings and instructions from Khamtrul Rinpoche, the sixteenth Karmapa, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and others. In 1969 he became Khenpo of the Drukpa Kagyu Institute at Tashi Jong. Then in 1980, after Khamtrul Rinpoche passed away, Dozong Rinpoche was asked to become the president and regent of the young tulku, the ninth Khamtrul Rinpoche.
Along with the consolidation of the craft art center and cultural activities, he introduced a health center, kindergarten and an Institute for Higher Studies. By 1984 Dorzong Rinpoche was allowed to return to Tibet and visit his monastery. He also traveled to many countries giving teachings. In the Kangra Valley in India, he established the Dorzong Monastic Institute called Jangchubjong. As a authentic master of the Drukpa Kagyu lineage, Dorzong Rinpoche also practiced many teachings from other Tibetan Buddhist traditions.