Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche was born in
Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche is the holder of two spiritual lineages, including both the Ripa Lineage, a dungjud or hereditary line, into which he was born, and which he will hold in future as heir, as well as head of the Pema Lingpa lineage of Gyeling Orgyan Mindrolling monastery in the hidden land of Pemako, which he carries forward from his previous life, as tulku.
Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche was recognized at the age of three by His Holiness Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, then the supreme head of the Nyingma lineage, as the reincarnation of Gyeling Yonten Lhundrub Gyatso Rinpoche, a manifestation of the Bhutanese Tertön Pema Lingpa, one of the five principle or emperor Tertöns of the Vajrayana, and the head of Gyeling Orgyan Mindrolling monastery in the hidden land of Pemako. He was enthroned at the age of five, at Rigon Thubten Mindrolling monastery in
At the age of eight, understanding that times had changed, Jigme Rinpoche went to study for six years at a modern school in
Jigme Rinpoche’s primary spiritual teachers have been: H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, and in this life, his father and root teacher, His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche. H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche was also Jigme Rinpoche’s root teacher in his previous life. From these teachers he has received all of the principal Nyingma transmissions, the Taksham cycle of transmissions, including especially the practice of Tamdrin and Lama Norbu, and the unbroken Vidhyadhara transmissions of the Ripa lineage, including the mahasadhannas of: the Tukdrub Lama Norbu or The Heart Practice of Lama Norbu, the Yidam Gongdu Drubchen or Gathering of Intentions of all Yidams, the Dorsem Nyingthing or The Heart Essence of Vajrasattva, and the Guru Kilaya or Lama Phurpa, as well as the entire cycle of Gesar mind treasures. Other teachers also include: H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Kalu Rinpoche, and His Eminence Khatog Moksa Rinpoche.
In addition Jigme Rinpoche is the great, great grandson of the renowned sage Shakya Shri, who was considered to be the greatest Siddha of his time. He has studied with and received transmissions from the Drukpa Kagyu tradition teachers, especially those of the Shakya Shri lineage: the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa Rinpoche and Kyabje Thuksay Rinpoche.
In addition to fulfilling his role as a spiritual teacher, Jigme Rinpoche began in September 1993 in Orissa, to fulfill his humanitarian role as a socially engaged Buddhist, a term he is happy to be known by, and which has become a central part of his life’s work. Born in
Jigme Rinpoche has spent time in retreats ranging from three months to one year. His principle teaching includes practices for the deities: Yeshe Tsogyal, Guru Rinpoche, Medicine Buddha, and Chenrezig, as well as the deities of the Taksham cycle of teachings of the Ripa tradition, including especially the New Treasures cycle of Gesar teachings, a treasury of His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche. In addition, he also has close affinities with the deities Manjushri and Gesar. Jigme Rinpoche first came to the West in 1996, giving his first teachings in
Jigme Rinpoche is known for his fluency in English and his lively, direct, fluid, humorous and down to earth teaching style. His clear and fresh outlook very quickly cuts through cultural and personal misperceptions about the Buddhadharma, East and West, ancient ways and modern life, and individual confusion. Jigme Rinpoche’s teachings focus on the themes of openness, and a clear perception of life in its immediacy, unadorned by interpretation and judgment.
Jigme Rinpoche travels between the East and the West. In the East he oversees the continuation and work of the sacred tradition in exile, including leading and caring for the Ripa monasteries in both