Alak Mentsang Rinpoche and Alak Rongpo Tsang confided to Rinopche’s mother to take special care of Rinpoche as young boy hinting that Rinpoche is the reincarnation of The Great Abbot Tsengdok Rinpoche. By receiving Bhairava initiation and teaching on The Great Wheel of Discipline from His Holiness 10th Panchen Rinpoche and Lamo Yongzin Rinpoche Lobsang Kedup Gyatso, Rinpoche started to receive Buddha’s teaching.
At the age of 7, went to local school and studied Tibetan, Chinese, and Maths.
In the year 1989 and 4th lunar month and 11th day, entered The Great Rongwo monastery and studied scriptures ranging from Collected Topics on Prime Cognition to Terminology. In 1994 went to India and entered Gaden Jangtse Monastic College. There Rinpoche studied under great accomplished masters like Tenzin Sangpo, Tenzin Choephak, and current Abbot Lobsang Choenyid in the field of The Magical Key to Logical Reasoning, Reasoning of Intellect, On Tenet, Aspect of Path of Practice, 70 Facts. After 3 years of rigorous study, Rinpoche received degree on Dharmakirti’s
In 1997, on the 7th lunar month, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama recognized Rinpoche as the reincarnation of The Great Abbot Tsengdok Hothokthu Ngawang Jamphel Tenpa Rabjay. On lunar calender of 8th of 6th month, in 1997, an official enthronement ceremony was held at the Ludum House of Gaden Jangtse Monastic College, the seat of The Great Tsongkapa.
For the following six years, Rinpoche studied subjects of Great Perfections including General
Commentary Maitreya’s Ornament for Clear Realization, Tsongka Pa’s Golden Rosary of Good Explanation, Gyaltsap Jay’s Ornament of Reasoning in Essence and Kedup Choekyi Gyalpo’s Presentation of Difficult to Grasp Reasoning. In annual monastic examinations, Rinpoche received the first in these subjects and successfully received a degree of the Dr of Divinity.
On 24th, August 1998, 2nd of the 7th month of lunar calender, Rinpoche received ordination by His Holiness The Dalai Lama in Dharamsala. And on September 15th, 1998, 25th of the 7th month of lunar calender, in the presence of the assembly of all the master and monastic scholar of Gaden Jangtse Monastic College, Rinpoche successfully gave the discourse on the Great Perfection of Mahayana Buddhist tradition.
2003 and onwards Rinpoche's areas of study include Madyamaka philosophy, including Buddha’s Illumination of Thought. And primarily focusing on Great Perfection, Madyamaka philosophy, and Stages of Common Knowledge.
After moving to Canada as result of health issue, Rinpoche set up Tsengdok monastery and continues to play an instrumental role in revitalizing the cultural and Buddhist teachings for local Tibetan community.
His Holiness The Dalai Lama visit to Tonglen Monastery in 2006 and honorary citizenship award to His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Rinpoche played a vital part in welcoming His Holiness and arranging accommodations for the entourage.
On October 24th, 2010, Rinpoche attended the inauguration of Kangjong Choeden Ling, Tibetan Community Centre in Toronto, where Tsengdok Monastery jointly hosted the long-life prayer for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. On November 28, 2010, Rinpooche received Geshes degree from Ganden Jangtse Monastery in south India and Rinpoche continues to financially support monasteries and schools to uplift and educate the poor and needy.
7th Tsengdok Rinpoche
Tenzin Chockyi Gyaltsen
6th Tsengdok Rinpoche,
Jetsun Lobsang Trinley Tenpe Nyima
1937 - 1960
6th Tsengdok Rinpoche, Jetsun Lobsang Trinley Tenpe Nyima, was born in 1937 in the nomatic community of Thephur, Rebkong, Amdo. Rinpoche’s father, The Great 7th Kalden Gyatso, recognized Rinpoche as the reincarnation of 5th Tsengdok Rinpoche and was enthroned at The Great Rongwo Monastery.
Rinpoche had the great fortune to study in from the great masters like The Great 7th Rebkong Kyabgon and The Great Jigme Tamchoe Gyatso. Subsequently received teachings and initiation from 7th Shar and the Great Jigme Tamchoe Gyatso.
In 1958, seeing the looming destruction coming to Tibet and Buddhism, Rinpoche sold all the belongings in a year or two. And in the process made numerous trip to The Great Labrang Tashi Chyil Monastery to store the precious and rare Buddhist scriptures on the back or horses and mules. Rinpoche passed away in the Chinese prison in 1960.
5th Tsengdok Rinpoche
Jamyang Choekyi Gyaltsen
1914 - 1936
5th Tsengdok Rinpoche, Jamyang Choekyi Gyaltsen, was born around 1914 in Karong town, Yazi, Amdo. Rinpoche, as the age of 5 under The Great Teacher Jigme Tamchoe Gyaltsen, began studying sutras and tantra.
At the age of 16, Rinpoche went to Mongolia at the invitation of Mongol ruler. Through is teachings, Rinpoche was able to benefit the people of Mongolia to immensely. Rinpoche passed away in Beijing in 1933.
4th Tsengdok Rinpoche
Thupten Norbu(Lobsang Tenpe Wangchuk)
1881 - 1913 (around)
4th Tsengdok Rinpoche, Thupten Norbu ( also know as Lobsang Tenpe Wangchuk), was born in 1835in Lingya Maru, Amdo. Rinpoche entered The Great Rongwo Monastery and after successfully completing studies, held The Seat of Golden Throne there for 3 years. And Rinpoche was also appointed to the 41st Abbot of The Great Rongwo Monastery. Rinpoche passed away in 1912.
3rd Tsengdok Rinpoche
Lobsang Tenpa Rabjay
1834 - 1880 (around)
3rd Tsengdok Rinpoche, Lobsang Tenpe Rabjay (also know as Jamphel Tenzin, Pema Berara), was born in 1775 in northern Amdo. Choesang Rinpoche gave young Rinpoche golden statue of Medicine Buddha and advice on studying Tibetan medicine. Subsequently, Rinpoche studied medicine from renowned medicine man Choeje, who was also Rinpoche’s uncle.
In 1814 Rinpoche studied prominent medical text called Practice of Science of Healing Moonlight and Vessel to The Great Ocean of Linages of Science of Healing. Other important medical texts that Rinpoche studied are Collection of Key Points of Stages of Science of Healing UtPhel, Understanding of Medicine Pond of New Moon and Nine Unions To Protection Against Plague.
2nd Tsengdok Rinpoche
Ngawang Jamyang Tenpa Rabjay
1781 - 1834
2nd Tsengdok Rinpoche, Ngawang Jamyang Tenpa Rabjay, was born in 1781 in Lingjya, Amdo. After Jyangja Rolpay Dorje and Kunchen Jigme Wangpo recognized Rinpoche as the reincarnation of 1st Tsengdok Rinpoche, entered The Great Rongwo Monastery and pursued studies.
The Rinpoche went to Lhasa and entered the Gomang Monastic College in The Great Drepung Monastery. As an accomplished scholar at age of 32, Rinpoche returned to The Great Rongwo Monastery in Amdo and built Tsengdok Labrang (residence of lama). There are 18 labrangs in The Great Rongwo Monastery.
Rinpoche held The Golden Throne of The Great Rongwo Monastery for a number of years and on two occasions visited Mongolia upon invitation from The Great Mongol Chieftain.
From Beijing’s Gaden Chinchak Ling, Rinpoche conducted many religious teachings and became the revered guru of Emporer of China. Rinpoche also created the Tashi Yichil Thousand Offering Of Je Tsongkapa and help great offering in front of Gaden Golden Precious Relics. After contributing greatly towards the growth and development of The Great Rongwo Monastery, Rinpoche passed away in 1834.
Some of important works or Rinpoche during his lifetime are:
Garland of White Lotus Commentary Testament
Blissful Rain Cloud of Guru Yoga
Letters and Poems
Various Dharma Poems
Cycle of Lion’s Face Teachings
Four Armed Avalokiteshvara’s Subdue of Enemy
Practices of Various Deities & Protectors
Letter Collection of Pure and Precious Poetry
1st Tsengdok Rinpoche
Khenchen Lobsang Tarjay
1720 - 1780
1st Tsengdok Rinpoche, Khenchen Lobsang Tarjay was born in 1720. After coming to Central Tibet, Rinpoche completed studies of sutras and tantras. There Rinpoche became the disciple of Kunchen Jigme Wangpo at the age of 33, in the year of Water Monkey. And at the age of 36, Rinpoche became the abbot of Tsengdok Monastery in Tsang. Since then, the success lineages took on the title of Tsengdok.
After returning to Amdo, Rinpoche went to China and fulfilled the wishes of his followers with numerous teachings. Rinpoche became the 26th Abbot of The Great Rongwo Monastery. And thereafter, Rongwo Tsengdok Rinpoche became the title of successive lineages.