7th NAMKHAI NYINGPO
His Eminence the 7th Namkhai Nyingpo was born in 1966 at holy valley of Tongshang Thrichu Geonpa, Eastern Bhutan to Yab Tshering Gyaltshen and Yum Sherabmo. His birth was accompanied by many auspicious and wonderful signs such as appearing of spectacular rainbow in the sky, showering of exquisite flowers and turning steam water into milky colour. The first word His Eminence (H.E.) uttered were “Kharchu”, “Kharchu” which referred to his monastery in Tibet. His Eminence vividly remembered the names of his old attendants and many related incidents from his previous life.
His Holiness, 16th Gyalwa Karmapa recognized the boy as 7th Namkhai Nyingpo. In HH Karmapa’s prediction, the names of the parents and other details of Rinpoche’s rebirth were described clearly. Further to re-confirm the recognition of Tulku, the disciples and the royal government of Bhutan examined the child in a traditional manner. The examination involved various methods such as showing of various rosaries, reliquaries, bells and vajras amongst which some belonging to the previous Namkhai Nyingpo. The child unerringly chose the objects only belonging to his predecessor. This process was witnessed by the representative of the Royal Government of Bhutan and senior disciples of his predecessor. Thus, it was doubly re-confirmed the rightful recognition of Tulku incarnation.
In 1972, at the age of six, His Eminence ascended to throne at the Pema Shedrup Chholing, the 2nd Kharchu Monastery in Bumthang. His Eminence’s formal education began as early as 1970. The basic reading and writing skills were picked up instantly and had a natural ability to read, write and memorize essential prayers effortlessly.
At the age of eight, His Eminence received the refuge Ordination and received the Long Life Empowerment from His Holiness, the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa on two occasions. In the same year, His Eminence received the Kalachakra Empowerment, teachings on the Bodhicharyavatra and many other major teachings from His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama.
In accordance with the instructions of His Holiness Dilgo Khentse Dorji Chang, His Eminence studied complete thirteen great texts and commentaries from Khen Rinpoche Kunga Wangchuk. He also received the teachings on BLabTue; the entire three parts of Kamala Shila’s meditation practice, Bimalai Ba-dang Chigcharwa; Dakpo Thargyen and Drubthab Kintue. This made His Eminence as one of the great sutra masters of our time.
His Eminence Namkhai Nyingpo Rinpoche continued his intensive study of Buddhist philosophy with many masters. In the spirit of non-sectarianism, His Eminence has received teachings and transmissions from the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. H.E has also transmitted his own special lineage JangTer (Northern Treasures) teachings to other Lamas and Rinpoches.