Lama Kunzang Dorjee Rinpoche and His Lineage

Lama Kunzang Dorjee Rinpoche is the Head Lama of the Jangsa Dechen Choling Monastery in Kalimpong , India. He also heads two monasteries in Kurteo Lhuentse , Eastern Bhutan , and one in Gelephu in Southern Bhutan. Born in 1970 into the sacred Nyo lineage, Rinpoche's father, Lama Pema Longdrol, was a lineage holder and a heart disciple of H.H. Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, the Head of the Nyingma School. Lama Kunzang Dorjee Rinpoche is a cousin of H.H. the Je Khenpo, who is the Head of the Southern Drukpa School and Head Lama of Bhutan.

Lama Kunzang Dorjee Rinpoche holds the spiritual lineages of the Dudjom Tersar and of the Longchen Nyingthig traditions. He speaks and teaches in excellent English. From his first days, he received the blessings of many great lamas and as a boy, he received many important empowerments and transmissions from H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche in person. Rinpoche's father, Lama Pema Longdrol, gave him many teachings and transmissions, including the detailed instructions on the tantric deity of Vajrakilaya. He has been blessed to receive Dzogchen and other teachings from Kyabje Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche and from H.H. Kyabje Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche.

At the age of 14, Lama Kunzang joined H.H. Kyabje Dodrupchen Rinpoche's monastery in Gangtok, where he studied and trained in meditation for 13 years. He received all the transmissions for the Nyingma School 's sacred texts. As well as studying with the monastery's renowned scholars and meditation masters, he also had personal instruction and guidance from H..H. Kyabje Dodrupchen Rinpoche himself. Lama Kunzang Dorjee Rinpoche then completed the three year retreat under the guidance of H.H. Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche.

Recent Activities

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Besides overseeing his monasteries in India and Bhutan , Lama Kunzang Dorjee Rinpoche has travelled internationally, giving Buddhist teachings and blessings, and raising interest in animal saving. In 2007, he undertook a tour for this purpose in the USA and Europe , and he made links with other animal saving groups. In 2009, he has visited England , where he contributed to a university project on tantric longevity rituals, and also visited South-east Asia, as well as Hong Kong , where he is starting a Buddhist centre. Lama Kunzang is also happy on request to make up and consecrate sacred vases (including specially blessed ingredients and mantras from Bhutan ) to please the naga spirits, which can help to bring prosperity and environmental balance.

Lama Kunzang Dorjee Rinpoche's Projects for Enlightened Living

The Jangsa Animal Saving Trust

Lama Kunzang is following the path set out by H.H. Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche in the practice of "tsethar" (saving lives by buying animals which otherwise would be killed) by setting up the Jangsa Animal Saving Trust and trying to save many ill-fated animals from being killed in slaughter houses. Lama Kunzang buys animals and either frees them into relatively safe rivers and lakes, or keeps them on private protected lands. He has also saved many street dogs in Bhutan , and has dog shelters and a clinic for dogs.

The Vajrakilaya Temple

Lama Kunzang is building a Temple at his Gelephu Monastery especially devoted to the practice and study of the tantric deity, Vajrakilaya. Vajrakilaya is a powerful practice for attaining Enlightenment, and in overcoming the afflictions such as anger, delusion, jealousy, pride and passion. It is also effective in pacifying social conflicts and disturbances.

The Meditator Yogis

Lama Kunzang runs a three year retreat centre for the higher training of his experienced monk meditators. He would like to raise sponsorship for the yogi lamas who have graduated from the long retreat, so that they can do further meditation retreats in the Buddhist holy places, thus contributing to enlightened awareness in the world

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