ABOUT TULKU SANG-NGAG RINPOCHE
Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche is the founder and spiritual director of Ewam International Centers around the world. Born into one of the oldest families in Tibet, which eventually came to be known under the name Namchak, or “sky iron,” in an area called Chamdo in the Kham region of Tibet in 1952, Rinpoche was recognized in early childhood by the great rimé lama [representing all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism], Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö [1893-1959], as well as by the former Zigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, to be the reincarnation of the Gochen Tulku.
The third and fourth incarnations of great tertön Tsasum Lingpa were successively reborn into the Namchak family, which was responsible for maintaining the local monastery of Namchak Ritrö, the historical hermitage of Tsasum LIngpa, located in Chumbo. Therefore Tulku Sang-ngag’s family had high hopes that he was the 5th reincarnation of Tsasum LIngpa. To their dismay, however, he himself insisted he was actually the Gochen Tulku, and it was soon thereafter that he was formally recognized and confirmed as the 6th incarnation of Gochen Tulku. It was Tsasum Lingpa who first predicted and named the site for Gochen Monastery, which was then built by the first Gochen Tulku, Gyalwa Gyatso.
Near the mere age of three, when Rinpoche was with his family and a large group of others harvesting hay in the fields, he was left sitting on a boulder at the foot of a cliff, where he imparted the wondrous sign of his realization by leaving his footprint in a rock, as though in soft clay, still visible to this day.
Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, an outstanding meditation master and scholar, is a lineage holder of the Namchak lineage and other profound and widely practiced lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. Rinpoche is also widely regarded as a master stupa builder. He has established Turquoise Leaf, a practice center for Tibetan nuns in Nepal. Rinpoche’s vision of a peace garden in a mountainous valley came to him as a small child, eventually leading him to Montana to build the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. His primary residence is in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he established a retreat and practice center, Pema Khandro Ling
A brief autobiographical account from the words of Gochen Tulku Rinpoche, Sang-Ngag: June 8, 2000
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Q: What does the word “tulku” mean?
A: In general, it refers to an “incarnation,” in the sense of a buddha, a bodhisattva, or an advanced practitioner (someone who has gained a degree of freedom) taking conscious rebirth for the sake of others.
Q: What about your title, Gochen Tulku?
A: Initially there was a master named Gyalwa Chokyang, accomplished in the practice of Hayagriva, who was one of the nine so-called heart children of Guru Rinpoché. One of his incarnations, a great tertön (a revealer of hidden treasure teachings) named Drimé Lingpa, was a contemporary of His Holiness the sixth Dalai Lama. Drimé Lingpa studied with his principal master Rigdzin Tukchok Dorjé, the son of the great tertön Tzasum Lingpa, and devoted his life to spiritual practice, showing real signs of attainment. In particular, Drimé Lingpa was graced with visions of Guru Rinpoché and his consort, who both prophesied his personal destiny, which led to his revealing about four volumes of profound hidden treasure teachings. He had many students, including the seventh Chakzam incarnation and Rigdzin Jigmé Lingpa. When Drimé Lingpa passed away, he prophesied that he would have two parallel rebirths, one in Bhutan and the other in the eastern Tibetan province of Kham. The latter incarnation was born in Doshul and named Gyalwa Gyatso. It was he who founded Gochen Monastery. His incarnation was Pakpa Gyatso, followed by Tsewang Tendzin and a succession of incarnations up to Namkha Tsewang, the previous tulku. I was given the title of the sixth Gochen tulku.