The Second Shangpa Rinpoche
|Fig 5. Young Shangpa Rinpoche with the late Dupsing Rinpoche|
In 1976, at the age of 19, Shangpa Rinpoche lost his personal tutor, Venerable Dupsing Rinpoche, the founder and abbot of Jangchub Choeling Monastery in Pokhara. His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa instructed Shangpa Rinpoche to succeed as the abbot of the Monastery. This ascension marked Rinpoche's continuation of the noble aspirations of his late teacher. Motivated by his deep devotion to his guru and with the blessings from His Holiness, there has not been a day in the past 30 years when Shangpa Rinpoche has not worked for the betterment of Jangchub Choeling Monastery.
Shangpa Rinpoche has also undertaken many projects elsewhere in his ceaseless efforts to benefit all sentient beings. Some of these projects were a continuation of efforts from his previous life. Others are initiated during by the present incarnation. Shangpa Rinpoche first set foot in Singapore in 1982. Upon the request of His Holiness the 14th Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche, Rinpoche became the spiritual teacher and advisor of the Karma Kagyud Buddhist Centre in Singapore. Besides advising the followers of the centre, Rinpoche was instrumental in the acquisition of the present premise for the Centre.
|Fig 6. Shangpa Rinpoche with his beloved Guru the late His Holiness Trulshig Rinpoche during the opening ceremony of the Kagyu Institute Buddhist Studies|
His tireless effort is mirrored in Nepal. As the abbot of Vikramashila Buddhist Institute, Shangpa Rinpoche fulfilled his vision to build an institute for higher education in Buddhist studies for members of the Sangha in Pokhara. The first Shangpa Rinpoche spent many years teaching in Mustang. Tharpa Choeling Nunnery in Muktinath was established with the support of the King of Mustang and devoted disciples from his previous incarnation. Caring deeply about educating the nuns, Rinpoche built a Buddhist institute for the nuns in 2005. To benefit more sentient beings, Rinpoche recently started construction of a 35 feet stupa of enlightenment in Mustang.
Drubgyud Choeling Monastery in Lumbini was completed in 2001. To further Dharma practice, Shangpa Rinpoche sponsored the first bi-annual Kamtsang Choghar Dharma Camp at the monastery in 2003. As many as 200 practitioners from various prestigious Buddhist institutes around the world attended the camp. In 2004, Rinpoche completed the Kagyu Institute for Buddhist Studies in Kirtipur, the first school in Nepal of the Karma Kagyud tradition, where lay practitioners from around the world can study and do retreat under the guidance of famous learned Kagyud masters. Despite the recent social unrest in Nepal, the institute is firmly committed to provide Buddhist teachings to all who seek with a sincere heart.
Shangpa Rinpoche's aspiration to help as many sentient beings as possible has motivated him to organise the first World Peace Grand Prayer at the Great Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu on 7th December 2005. Ngedon Palbar Ling Retreat Centre is a retreat centre on a mountain peak in Pokhara. It is meant as a living space for lamas engaging in retreats that spans for 3 years and 3 months. Rinpoche's tireless effort to realise his vision has won respect from many people. Shangpa Rinpoche was appointed the President of Dharmodaya Sadha, a leading Buddhist Organization in Nepal. The Shangpa Foundation was founded, with the approval and support from the Nepalese Government. This foundation is built to help Rinpoche manage his numerous projects. Shangpa Rinpoche is currently heading the Foundation.
|Fig 7. The 2nd Shangpa Rinpoche with Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche|
Besides his Dharma activity to help sentient beings, Shangpa Rinpoche is continuously strengthening his personal practices. He received teachings from many great masters from all traditions and lineages. In 1998, he received the Drupthab Kundu initiation and transmissions from His Eminence Chogye Tri Rinpoche in France. Rinpoche received oral transmission of a collection of 15th Karmapa's teachings from Lama Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche in 2001. In 2002, Rinpoche received the extremely rare and precious "Treasury of Spiritual Instructions" transmission, comprising teachings from all major lineages collected by The Great Jamgon Kongtrul, from His Eminence Trulshig Rinpoche in Kathmandu.
Since the day Shangpa Rinpoche was enthroned by His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, Rinpoche has embarked on a ceaseless journey to propagate Dharma to help as many sentient beings as possible towards the Path to Enlightenment. This journey has taken Rinpoche two lifetimes and it will take him many more lifetimes in the future to accomplish.
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