Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche
“We cannot stop the change that is happening right now. It will happen anyway. But it’s possible to learn from this change. It’s possible that we use this change to become a better world and a better society.”
The New Beginning
Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche was born in 1976 in Amdo, north-eastern Tibet and began his official monastic education when he entered Sowa Monastery at the young age of six. Five years later, Tulku-la moved to the Nangzi Bon Monastery, the largest Bon Monastery in Tibet. At that time, the monks of the Sowa monastery were looking for the reincarnation of their lama. At the age of 13, Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche was recognized as the 8th reincarnation of the Nyentse Lama.
The young Rinpoche was moved to Amchok Monastery, where he received his formal teachings. Tulku-la then continued his studies in Labrang Monastery. There he deepened his knowledge in Sutra, Medicine and Astrology. In addition to his general schooling in the monastery, a line of scholars in Medicine and Astrology taught Tulku-la privately. The highly respected Lama Gungtang from Amdo instructed him in the teachings of Tantra and gave him the most important initiations. Over the next several years, Tulku-la received general teachings in all eight lineages, and he remains a practitioner of all eight lineages.
Tulku Lobsang had many teachers, but his main teachers were Geshe Samten in Amchok Monastery in eastern Tibet for philosophy, Geshe Jamyang Nyima in Labrang Monastery for medicine and astrology, and Geshe Sherub Nyima in Bon Nangzi Monastery, who was his special astrology teacher. When he was young, in the Sowa Monastery, Geshe Lodrup taught Tulku Lobsang reading, writing, and memorization. Lama Gungtang gave Tulku Lobsang most of the empowerments and initiations – such as Kalachakra empowerments and Mitra Gyatsa, which means 100 Mandala Empowerments. He received medical empowerments, such as Mangnergajama from Geshe Tsukdruk at Labrang Monastery, who also gave him flower and water essence initiations and teachings. Jonang secret Kalachakra traditions were received from Kembo Narshe and Lama Dorje. Bon Dzogchen traditions were given by his uncle Ak Yeshi. Tulku Lobsang’s four personal, private teachers were also reincarnation lamas – Tulku Narke, Tulku Serchen, Tulku Kaynyang and Tulku Tsurmon, all at Amchok Monastery. His root Lama is Tulku Serchen. Tulku Narke was also a very close teacher. He always traveled with Tulku Lobsang in Tibet, cared for the details of daily life, and supervised his practice. Altogether, Tulku Lobsang had 35 main teachers from whom he received instructions and specific empowerments and initiations.
In 1993, at the age of 17, Rinpoche left Tibet for South India to deepen his studies in the Gaden Shartse Monastery. After five years in Gaden Monastery, Tulku-la moved to Dharamsala to pass the Tibetan cultural heritage on to both Tibetans and Westerners.
In 2002, Tulku-la established the medical center Nangten Menlang in Manali, North India. Today, his association Nangten Menlang International is based in Vienna, Austria.
Since the year 2000, Rinpoche has been traveling through Europe, America and Asia sharing his knowledge in order to reduce suffering in the world. Rinpoche bases his teachings on the ancient knowledge of Tantrayana, which is the foundation of both Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan Medicine. Tulku-la bridges worlds and translates the ancient wisdom of his venerable transmission lineage into practical advice for the present day.