102nd Ganden Tripa Rizong Rinpoche
First published on: November 30, 2015
Rizong Rinpoche is currently the head of the Gelugpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, The position he holds, which is called “Gaden Tripa,” is an elected position which is held for seven years.
Rinpoche was born in Ladakh in 1927 and was recognized at an early age by the 13th Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of the founder of the illustrious Rizong Hermitage.
In the mid-1940s he joined Drepung Loseling Monastery in Lhasa for his higher training, remaining until Tibet in 1959, when he joined Tibetans who followed His Holiness the Dalai Lama into exile in India. In the late 1970s, he was appointed by His Holiness as Abbot of Gyumed Tantric Monastery & in the mid-1980s of Drepung Loseling Monastery, two of the greatest seats of Tibetan spiritual knowledge.
Rinpoche has made the practice of meditation his principal focus in life and has conducted numerous extensive retreats, including a three-year tantric retreat on the Yamantaka mandala in a remote hermitage in Ladakh.
Through his achievements in practice and scholarship, he represents the pinnacle of the Sutra and Tantra traditions. Renowned for his tantric practices, he is frequently called upon by H. H. the Dalai Lama to lead ceremonies for healing and other similar purposes.