His Eminence
Minling Khenchen Rinpoche

  • Nyingma Lineage
  • Mindrolling Monastery
  • Ngagyur Nyingma College

Due to the efforts and teachings of the great Mahaguru Padmasambhava, Buddhism flourished in Tibet beginning in the 8th century. Of the four main schools that developed, the oldest is the Nyingma or the Old Translation School. The Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug lineages comprise the Sarma or New Translation School.The essence of the Nyingma lineage is the precious Dzogchen teachings, the most ancient, powerful and direct teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. For today’s troubled world, these teachings are the clearest and most effective way to realize one’s full potential as a human being. The Nyingmapa or Nyingma School has six main monasteries of learning and practice. Of the six, Mindrolling is one of the largest and most important practice and study centers in Central Tibet.

Since its establishment in 1676 by the great Dharma King Chogyal Terdag Lingpa, Mindrolling has attracted monks from the length and breadth of Tibet. Mindrolling is considered by all the great masters of Tibetan Buddhism, and especially by all the teachers of the Nyingma lineage as an inspiring example of practicing the pure and profound Dharma of Vajrayana Buddhism. An unbroken lineage of great masters continues up to this day and Mindrolling is known throughout the Dharma world, both as the lineage and monastery dedicated completely to Dharma activities and as a main center for maintaining the precious secret Vajrayana Doctrined.

WHEN CAN YOU VISIT BUDDHA TEMPLE AND STUPA

Summer

  1. 8am to 12:00 noon.
  2. 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm (Lunch Break, area is opened but the Shrine Rooms are closed)
  3. 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Winter

  1. 8am to 12:00 noon.
  2. 12:00 noon to 2:30 pm (Lunch Break, area is opened but the Shrine Rooms are closed)
  3. 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Note: Parking at your own risk


Gutor/Shinjey Drekjom – The Great Yamantaka Sadhana

Mindroing in India has never failed in upholding its tradition of carrying out all Drupchens (Great Accomplishment Ceremonies) just as in Great Mindroing in Tibet. Gutor/Shinjey is one of them. It is always carried out at the supper end of the year and the Idyllic Yamantaka furies Mask (ZOR) will be burned on 29 th of 12 th . It is indeed the annual ritual to help our negative KARMA and all related bad omens burns before the start of New Year (LOSAR).


The 31st Annual Nyingma Monlam Chenmo 2020

The ten days long prayers for world peace that started on 26th January 2020 will end on 4th February 2020. As usual, hundreds and thousands Monks and Nuns from Monasteries in India, Bhutan, Nepal, Sikkim have gathered. The uncountable pilgrims all over the world also joins the Chant.

Many Eminent masters from different monasteries has also made thier presence. Mindroling Sangha including Rinpoches always participate in the prayer annually without Fail.

This year is 31st since its inception in 1989.


The 30th annual Examination Ngagyur Nyingma College

As its the most important part of College ‘s activities, all the students as wel prepared entered the main shrine Hall of NNC with great enthusiasm on 4th of January to write thier fordt ever paper. It remained until 17th of Feb writing thier fifth and last paper.

The Chairman of NNC, Ven. Khenpo Sangye Jatso, examiner Lopon Ogyen Tsering and Lopon Yeshi and the whole Sangha are exptreamly happy with their successful completion of examination. Although the whole sangha missed the presence of HE Kyabje Minlling Khenchen Rinpoche Rinpoche.

May this be a drop of water into the mity oceans of Buddhas Dharma!!!


The Birth Aniversary of 9th Minlling Khenchen Rinpoche

BIOGRAPHY

HIS EMINENCE THE 9TH KHENCHEN RINPOCHE
BORN INTO THE MINDROLLING LINEAGE

His Eminence the 9th Minling Khenchen Rinpoche, recipient of India’s esteemed Bharat Jhoti Award and Bharat Gaurav Award, as well as the Best Citizen Award of India and the Appreciation Award from the Mayor of Hsin-Chu, Taiwan, was born into the family of Mindrolling, the divine Nyok lineage, in 1970. His Eminence Minling Khenchen Rinpoche’s mother, Jetsun Dechen Wangmo, was the aunt of His Holiness the 11th Mindrolling Trichen Rinpoche.

At birth, Rinpoche was given the name of Jigmey Namgyal by H.E. Minling Chung Rinpoche 1908-1980). He was recognized as the reincarnation of the 8th Minling Khenchen Rinpoche, Ngawang Khentse Norbu, by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and Lhatog Rinpoche. Being born into the Mindrolling lineage, His Eminence Jigmey Namgyal, now known as Minling Khenchen Rinpoche, is the lineage holder of the Khenrab branch of the Mindrolling tradition. Lochen Dharmashri, Gyalsay Tenpai Nyima, and the previous Minling Khenchen, are a few of the exceptional masters who have been holders of this lineage in the past.

Education and Studies

Rinpoche began his studies in recitation, calligraphy, and Tibetan medicine with Trlu Khenpo Tsenam Rinpoche, the founder of the first Tibetan Medical Institute in Lhasa, Tibet. He continued studies in Tibetan grammar, poetry, philosophy, and, in particular, the rituals and liturgies of the Mindrolling tradition with the Venerable Dhagpo Rinpoche. For further studies, Rinpoche entered the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute of Namdrolling in Mysore, India, where he undertook the studies of Vinaya, Sutra, Abhidharma, Madhyamaka, and logic, under the blessing and special guidance of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche. During this time, Rinpoche also received the Kama and his first Terdzo Wang from His Holiness Penor Rinpoche.

Transmissions

Rinpoche received transmission of the Terma teachings of Pema Lingpa, the Tri Yeshey Lama instructions, and numerous other transmissions and empowerments from His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, His Holiness Mindrolling Trichen Rinpoche, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, His Eminence Trulshig Rinpoche, His Eminence Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche, and His Eminence Tulku Ugyen Rinpoche.

Seated in front: H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Kneeling: Tulku Kunga Rinpoche. Standing left to right: Tulku Rigzin Pema, Jhokhang Rinpoche, Yuda Rinpoche, Tsona Tulku, Sechen Rabjam Rinpoche, Yangthang Rinpoche, Dhakpo Rinpoche, Druk Rinpoche , Dungsay Rinpoche(son of H.H. Mindrolling Trichen Rinpoche), Dzikar Kongtrul Rinpoche, Minling Khenchen Rinpoche, Khyenste Jigme Rinpoche, Tulku Sangnag, and Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche.

While visiting Dharamsala at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Rinpoche and The 12th Mindrolling Trichen Dungsay Dhala Gyaltsen, along with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, all received instructions on the Guhayagarbhatantra from His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

During this time, Rinpoche also received a special empowerment of the Great 5th Dalai Lama from His Holiness the present Dalai Lama.Under the instruction of His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Rinpoche received monastic ordination from His Eminence Trulshig Rinpoche.

Rinpoche has been teaching extensively in Asia, Europe, and the USA for more than twelve years. Rinpoche’s teachings are known for their clarity, depth, and humor, and attuned to the present day and age which has made him a greatly respected teacher amongst the younger Rinpoches of today.

Head Abbot In-Charge of Ngagyur Nyingma College

Rinpoche presides over the monastic university at Mindrolling and has been giving teachings and guidance to the monks consistently since he undertook the in-charge position in 1990.

Vice President of the Great Nyingma Monlam

At the request of the various Nyingma monasteries, Rinpoche accepted the on-going position of Vice President of the Great Nyingma Monlam (World Peace Prayers), held annually in Bodhgaya, India. Additionally, Rinpoche will be sponsoring the events of the Monlam for the years 2008, 2010, and 2012. Sponsorship responsibilities for this gathering include providing the means for food and lodging for all participants, numbering in the many thousands, as well as providing for other ceremonial expenses during the ten days of the Great World Peace Prayers.

Founder of the Eastern Sun Group

Rinpoche is the Founder of the Eastern Sun Group in Taiwan. This organization oversees all of Rinpoche’s projects – in India as well as other countries. In addition to the main projects mentioned on his website, Rinpoche is also leading the printing of sacred texts of the Nyingma lineage, especially of the Mindrolling, in order to preserve them for future generations.

For the first time in Mindrolling history, a manual of all ceremonial rituals, as well as other rituals of Nyingmapa and Torma (ritual ceremony offerings) will be printed in 2011. For posterity, this will provide the assurance that the continuity of the authentic ways of doing the sacred ancient rituals will be preserved.

The Eastern Sun Group has now merged with the Lay Buddhists’ Association in Taipei, Taiwan, an organization which was established in 1968, and currently has over 5000 members. This organization has been doing charity work in numerous countries around the world. Rinpoche is the Spiritual Advisor to this well respected and renowned charitable organization, now known as The Eastern Sun Group Lay Buddhists’ Association, Republic of China.

Nurturing the Dharma and Preserving the Lineage

Rinpoche continues to engage with the studies and practices which he has received over the course of a lifetime from his many esteemed Teachers. Each year Rinpoche presides over the various drubchens (ceremonies) held at Mindrolling Monastery, as well as devoting time to closed retreats. Rinpoche, with unceasing compassion and tireless activity, engages in nurturing the Dharma, and strives selflessly to preserve the lineage of Mindrolling.

Recognition and Prestigious Awards

Throughout his life, H.E. Khenchen Rinpoche has been honored with several achievement awards. His recent awards include the following (click on the awards to read more):

  • Bharat Jyoti Award large view
  • Bharat Gaurav Award large view
  • Certificate of Excellence Award large view
  • Best Citizens of India Award large view
  • Hsin-Chu City Appreciation Award large view

The ceremonies, celebrating meritorious services, extrordinary performance, and outstanding contributions were attended by government officials, international dignitaries, and dedicated community members.


Khenpo Drugda Passed Away

It is with a heavy heart that we wish to announce that one of our senior most Khenpos, Khenpo Drugda aged 44, passed away suddenly on 12th December; 2019. He was part of the entourage of Minling Khenchen Rinpoche who was on pilgrimage in Bhutan. On the 15th day of the Lunar Calendar while on his way to Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), he suffered a cardiac arrest due to the high altitude and passed away.

We are very grateful and indebted to His Royal Highness King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk of Bhutan for sending immediate assistance in the form of a rescue team including medical personnel,the Mayor of Paro and high ranking police officials.

The last rites and cremation of late Khenpo Drugda took place at the Pema Woseling Monastery (Retreat Centre), a branch of Mindroling situated at Jimminah. Khenpo Pema presided over the ceremony accompanied by the monks of the monastery.

Khenpo Drugda was born in the year of the Dragon. He was exemplary in the sense that not only was he learned, but compassionate and always helped all those in need. He worked tirelessly for the benefit of the College.He will be greatly missed.

We once again thank His Royal Highness the King and the people of Bhutan for the kind assistance extended to us during this sad and difficult time.


CELEBRATION OF THE 12TH MINLING TRICHEN DHALA GYALTSEN’S BIRTHDAY IN INDIA

Ngagyur Nyingma College of Mindroling (India) celebrated The 12th HH MInling Trichen Dhala Gyaltsen’s birthday on the 5th November.
During the ceremony H. E. Minling Khenchen Rinpoche mentioned that celebrating H.H.’s birthday is not merely like a celebration of some royal personage or some famous politician’s birthday but a profound religious event steeped in devotion. During each supplications, we always read the lineage prayer, mention how the lineage evolved and recollect each master’s contribution to the lineage and how it has been passed down to us. This is the reason why we are celebrating The 12th His Holiness Minling Trichen Dhala Gyaltsen, the present holder of the unbroken lineage of Mindrolling.

Some people are of the opinion that it is a Western thing to do, it is not. We have the tradition of celebrating the birth of holy and enlightened beings from time immemorial. For example, devotees have been celebrating Buddha Jayanti which is Buddha’s birthday, annually for centuries.
May His Holiness have a long and healthy life. May his dharma activities ever flourish and benefit all sentient beings!


Celebration of The 12th Minling Trichen Dhala Gyaltsen’s birthday in Tibet


The oral transmission of Lochen Dharmashri aka Ngawang Chöpal Gyatso

The oral transmission of Lochen Dharmashri aka Ngawang Chöpal Gyatso (1654-1717) ’s teachings has begun on the 13th October 2019. This transmission consists of Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajryana teachings. His Eminence Tulku Pema Rigzin has been invited to bestow this transmission. In the year 2018 Minling Khenchen Rinpoche requested Rinpoche and he had accepted to bestow it in the year 2019. This would be Rinpoche’s second time giving the transmission in Mindrolling.

This oral transmission has been sponsored by Minling Khenchen Rinpoche. Rinpoche’s sole purpose of this transmission was for the younger generations of Rinpoches, Tulkus, Khenpos, Monks, nuns and younger practionser who have not received it. The transmission had been bestowed only once in 1987 in Mindrolling monastery (India) by H.E. Rinpoche (Tulku Pema Rigzin). Total of 35 people received it, including H.E. Khochen Rinpoche, Minling Khenchen Rinpoche and Rinpoches during that time. This transmission is considered to be root of the Buddha’s teachings so the continuity of this lineage is very important.

The transmission is being held in the new shrine hall of Ngagyur Nyingma College. Rinpoches, Tulkus, Khenpos, monks and nuns from differed monasteries are attending, main participants are from the 6 major schools of the Nyingma lineages.

Lochen Dharma Shiri was the second Mindrolling Khenchen.


NNC host a historical event this year

His Holiness the 9th Minlling Khenchen Rinpoches chairs the 2nd Non-Sectarian Symposium on Sutra and Tantric Philosophy from 8th sept 2019.

The participants are from 6 major tradition of tibetan Buddhism and the event will happen for 2 days.

Mindrolling monastery as one of the main seats of Nyingmapa Tradition and particularly NGAGYUR NYINGMA College looks forward in hosting such programs in future too.


9th Milling Khenchen Rinpoche on Spiritual Tour in Taiwan

On invitation by the organizer, His Holiness 9th Minlling Khenchen Rinpoche blessed the Grand Annual Taiwan International Sangha Offering ceremony 2019. Rinpoche also led the prayer of natural freedom from five poison in accord of Red Avalokiteshvara (Thukje Chenpo Duknga Rangdrol)

Rinpoche will prolong his stay in Taiwan for coming days in various spiritual programs.


Important message from His Eminence 9th Minlling Khenchen Rinpoche

It’s an auspicious and happiest news in the history of Mindroling lineage that we all have been waiting for.

“I am very glad, devoted and delighted to share that on 30th of Saga Dawa Month, at 10.11am, a son with all signs of auspiciousness has been born to His Holiness Minlling Trichen Gyurmey Kunzang Jigmey Rinpoche and Consort Khandro Tsewang Chodron. I would like to request all devotees and followers of Mindroling lineage around the globe to pray for healthy, long life and successful Dharma Activities of the New Born Mindroling Dungsey.”


Begining of Formal study and training for HH Thrulzhik Yangsi Tenzin Choekyi Lodroe Rinpoche

We the Mindrolling Sangha and Monastery are proud and Honored to have HH Thrulzhik Yangsi Tenzin Chokye Lodroe Rinpoche to take up his Buddhist studies and training.

Today, 15th of 4th month in lunar calendar, (month of auspicious Saga Dawa) marks the formal beginning of Yangsi Rinpoche’s journey of training and learning in lineage that he is belonged to.

We wish and pray for Yangsi Rinpoche’s good health, successful training and wonderful blessing for all.


The Academic session for 2019 Begins

The academic year 2019 for Ngagyur Nyingma College, Mindrolling monastery began with the declaration of results and appointment of new administrators. The result was declared in presence of HE Minlling Khenchen, HE Khochen Rinpoche, HE Penam Rinpoche, Khenpos and senior Teachers.

The Words of appreciation from Rinpoches were extended to 11 of students who graduated this year.

The most Venerable Khenpo Sangye Gyatsho is the new president of the college, followed by Khenpo Denchen Dorjee, assistant president. Trulku Tashi Gyalpo and lopon Yeshi Gyatso are new Disciplinarians and and Lopon Lhuedrup Gyatso is new Secretary. Khenpo Pema Sherab and Lopon Yeshi Dargye are new accountants which makes complete administration of the year.

we hope for the successful academic year 2019.


His Eminence Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche at Mindrolling

A dream come true for Mindrolling Sangha this year that the (Non secterian master of all the time) His Eminence Kyabjey Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche visited Mindroling Monastery. Mindroling Monastery didn’t celebrated the Lunar New year or Losar (Earth Pig) as a solace and respect for the sudden loss of His Holiness Kathok Getse Rinpoche.

It was the personal wish of his Eminence Minlling Khenchen Rinpoche and the Mindrolling Sangha to have Rinpoche’s blessings at the same time, it so happened that His Eminence DJKR also wished to attend the Thukjecchenpo Great accomplishment to commamorate the Maha Peri-Nirvana of Minlling Thri Rinpoche Gyurmey Kunzang Wangyal. Thus, the fulfilment of wishes from both side auspiously occurred.

His Eminence DJKR bestowed Long Life Empowerment for Mindrolling Sangha and General Public on 10th Feb as a New year blessings and Manjushri Enpowerment for the Teachers and Student of Ngagyur Nyingma College.

Rinpoche will make his presence throughout the Tbukjechenpo great accomplishment which will take place for one week.


Shinjey Drubchen. (Yamantaka Sadhana) 28th Jan – 3rd Feb, 2019

The rich and supreme traditions of Mindrolling include Drubchens (Sadhana/accomplishment) held annually as per the precious instruction of Terdak Lingpa, Mindrolling Sangha has again assembled in the right place and time to initiate the Drubchen of Shinjey for many significant purposes that it has stood for eversince its first kind. This year the drubchen will be held from 28th of Jan and will end on 3rd of Feb. Shinjey/Yamantaka is the lord of death and often considered to be the wrathful expression of Manjusri by the Buddhists.

Yamantaka is a Sanskrit name that can be broken down into two primary elements: Yama, the name of the god of death; and antaka, making an end. Thus, Yamantaka means “Destroyer of Death” or “Conqueror of Death”.

Within Buddhism, “terminating death” is a quality of all buddhas as they have stopped the cycle of rebirth, samsara. Yamantaka, then, represents the goal of the Mahayana practitioner’s journey to enlightenment, or the journey itself: in awakening, one adopts the practice of Yamantaka, the practice of terminating death.