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Baza Guru Rinpoche

Biography of His eminence the KhentruelBaza Guru Rinpoche

Birth with auspicious signs and enthronement

His Eminence KhentruelBaza Guru Rinpoche, the reincarnation of TrulkuBaza Guru Rinpoche Karma Samten, popularly known as Vajra Guru Rinpoche, was born on June 20, 1974 in a village called Sheri Muhung near Ajeney in Mongar. His father is PhuntshoRabgay and mother is Sonam Choden. His birth was marked with auspicious signs and at a young age (as soon as he was able to speak), he could remember his past life vividly. He repeatedly insisted that he be taken to visit DrupchuGonpa in Drametse. When he was taken there, he could recognize and recall the names of all his followers from his previous life. There, he was presented with his prayer beads, texts and other belongings. He was able to accurately identify those items and everyone present was convinced that he was the true reincarnation and thereby recognized and enthroned him as the Trulku of Vajra Guru Lama.


baza-guru-rinpocheHowever, being born of a humble family in a remote place, his parents were unsure of what to do next and decided to enroll him in a nearby secular school in Yadi.At the age of 5, while attending school in Yadi he began to learn how to read and write. Later he fell ill and left school to live with his grandfather, KuenzangDorji, where he learned by reading the Sutra called dorjichodpa (rdorjegcodpa) and memorized some prayers. For a long while, he lived in the village. Due to the blessings and compassion of Guru and Enlightened beings, and by the kindness of Lama SherabDorji and Lopen Tenzin, he enrolled in Rigzhung Institute in Simtokha.

In 1993, he left for a Dialectic School to Drepung(‘bras spungs) in South India to study Logic from the 100th GadenThri Rinpoche (dga’ ldankhririn po che). The study of Logic consisted of Duedra (bsdusgrwa), Tarig (rtags rig), Drud Due (‘brubsdus) and TsemaNamdrol (mtshan ma rnamgrol), and he spent three years studying further.

Shoulder Monastic responsible along with his study

He then returned to GangtengShedra(sgangstengbshadgrwa) as a teacher where he taught Logic and assumed the role of a Chorpon (Revision Master/skyordpon). By the time he was in his fourth year of education, he was both teacher as well as student.

In 2004, when he reached the 5th and 6th year of his education, he was appointed as principal of the primary levels. In his 7th, 8th and 9th years, he was appointed as Head Revision Master as well as Umze (Chant Leader). Additionally, he taught his peers how to perform rituals and assumed disciplinary and managerial responsibilities.

In 2004, Khenchen Pema Sherab and KhenchenNamdrol were invited to the Shedra to teach. He took that opportunity to further refine his learning. In 2005, he was appointed to Vice Principal of the Pema Choling Nunnery Shedra(pad+machosgling a nibshadgrwa) in Bumthang for a period of time.

Baza Guru Rinpoche

Proclaimed first religious post upon successful completion of three years meditation

After that he left to undertake the traditional three years retreat in KuenzangCholingMeditation Centre (kunbzangchosglingsgrubsdelteba) in GangtengGonpa.

In 2009, he was sent as the representative of His Holiness the GangtengTrulku Rinpoche (sgangstengsprulskurin po che) in Chaskhar (lcagssamkhar) in Mongar, as the principal of the Shedra as well as the retreat Master of Aja Drubdey (a brgya).

In 2012, he was enthroned as the Khenpo (Khentrul),byHis holiness the 9thGangtengTrulku Rinpoche (sgangstengsprulskurin po che)Kunzang Rigzin Pema Namgyal (kunbzang rig ‘dzinpad+marnamrgyal) during the Lama NorbuGyatshoDrubchen(bla ma nor burgyamtshosgrubchen) amidst a huge gathering of sangha in Gangteng Monastery.

Received Empowerment, Oral transmission and Teachings from renown Masters and Khenchens

In summary, he received complete empowerments, teachings and oral transmissions, pointing out instructions of the mind and supporting instructions from His holiness the 9th GangtengTrulku Rinpoche (sgangstengsprulskurin po che) Kunzang Rigzin Pema Namgyal (kunbzang rig ‘dzinpad+marnamrgyal).

Then, from His Holiness Je Thrizur Tenzin Dendup, the 68th Je Khenpo (rjemkhan po) of Bhutan,he received ThriYeshey Lama (khridyeshesbla ma) and fromSungtruel Rinpoche JigdrelKunzangDorji aka Sungtruel Rinpoche Kunzang Pema Rinchen Namgyal (gsungsprulrin po che ‘jigs bralkunbzangrdorje aka gsungsprulrin po chekunbzangpad+marinchenrnamrgyal), the 11th incarnation of Rigzin Pema Lingpa (rig ‘dzinpad+magling pa) and the 10threcarnation of Padling, Thuksey (thugs srasrin po che)ThekChokTenpaGyaltshen (thegmchogbstanpargyalmtshan), he received the complete cycle of the Pema Lingpa teachings. From the Late Je GeduenRinchen, the 69th Je Khenpo, Late Je NyinzerTrulku, the 67th Je Khenpo and the present Je Khenpo (70th) Je Khenpo of Bhutan, his Holiness Trulku Jigme Chodra, he received teachings from the tradition of Drukpa Kagyud. From His Holiness the 14thDalai Lama, he received Kala Chakra (‘dus ‘khor dbangchen) initiations on two separate occasions and teachings on SangwaDuepa (rgyudgsangba ‘dus pa). From the 3rd reincarnation and 11th residence holder of Pal Yul Monastery (dpalyul) His Holiness Drupwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche (drub dbangpad+ma nor bur in po che), he received teachings on the Three Vows (sdom pa gsum),empowerment of NyingthikYazhi (snying thig yabzhi), and empowerment of Lue Dunma (gsol ‘debs le’ubdun ma). He also received teachings from His Holiness Jadrel Rinpoche (byabralrin po che), the 4thDodrupchen Rinpoche (rdo grub rin po che),Jigme ThubtenThinley Pal Bar (‘jigs med thubbstan ‘phrin las dpal ‘bar),TrulkuThubzang (sprulskublobzangfrom Palyul Monastery), DungseyThinley Rinpoche (gdungsrasrin po che) and Ngoshul Rinpoche (gnyo shul rin po che).

KhentrulBaza Guru Rinpoche had the great fortune of meeting and receiving many teachings and empowerment from renowned masters of many different traditions. To this day, he is actively engaged in the spreading of the Dharma and teaches the children in residence at SangayCholing Monastery in Bhutan.

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