The Most Venerable Sangpo Rinpoche
The Most Venerable Sangpo Rinpoche has from childhood felt a special connection with Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of compassion) and Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava). As a young boy, he was recognized by HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche as the 5th reincarnation of Gonzi Rinpoche.
From the age of seven, he started studying a wide range of Buddhist treatises. He then entered The Dzogchen Five Knowledge Buddhist Institute to receive the supreme lineage of Nyingma teachings and traditions under the supervision of many accomplished and renowned masters such as his root master HH Dzogchen Padma Kalsang Rinpoche, Padma Tsewan Rinpoche and Khenpo Dhazer.
With his outstanding performance, he obtained the honorable khenpo degree (equivalent to doctorate degree in Buddhist philosophy) in the short time of eight years, completing his studies with four years in retreat.
He continued to teach as a professor at The Dzogchen Five Knowledge Buddhist Institute before being invited to teach at the famous Samye Monastery. The Samye Monastery was constructed by King Trisong Detsen and Guru Rinpoche in the 8th century and was Tibet’s first and oldest Buddhist monastery. Rinpoche was only 23 years old at that time. He taught as a vajra master at Samye Monastery for three years.
Today, Rinpoche is a compassionate and accomplished Dzogchen master. He has established centers in Taiwan and Malaysia and has been invited to teach regularly in several countries, including Singapore, Japan, Nepal, Germany, UK, Denmark, Spain, Sweden and Norway. Rinpoche has tirelessly put his effort towards benefiting people all over the world.
He has now finished his major project to rebuild The Gon Long Monastery. The project was started in September 2004 and finished in 2010.
Rinpoche at the age of eight
Rinpoche in retreat
Rinpoche just out of retreat
Thubten Lama is, among other lamas, a close friend of Rinpoche. They have known each other since childhood. Thubten Lama is well educated and has an especially warm heart. He is always pursuing new studies.
Phuntsok Lama entered Gon Long Monastery at he age of 12 to start studies in Tibetan and Buddhist texts og rituals. Later, he served as the lead chanter in the monastery. Leaving Gon Long Monastery, he went to Sedah Five Knowledge College in Kham to study the Buddhist treatises of sutrayana and tantrayana. He then travelled to India where he completed the regular retreat of 3 years and 3 months in Tsopedma. After this, he went to ZKL Nyingmapa Monastery where he became the head of the monastery. The KZL Monastery do not have a sponsor, the monks survive on the modest rent tourists pay for lodging. The monastery is beautifully situated on the hill overlooking Dharamsala. Phuntsok Lama is currently the resident lama of Samye Buddhist Center Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.