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Nangchen Rinpoche

Nangchen Rinpoche Karma Samten
Nangchen Rinpoche Karma Samten

His Eminence Nangchen Rinpoche, Karma Samten was born in the Sheep year (1907) in Tibet. He received all the empowerments and oral transmissions, and teachings from H.H. Karmapa, Rangjung RigpaiDorji and Chungtrul Rinpoche. The latter fled Tibet for Bhutan in the late 1950’s and stayed under the royal patronage of Her Royal Highness AzhiChokiWangmo Wangchuk. Nangchen Rinpoche is said to have seen Guru Rinpoche indeed, and remained as one of the accomplished yogis of the 1900’s. He spent the rest of his life in the eastern part of Bhutan giving Vajra Guru Empowerments, Oral Transmissions, and teaching to the people. Hence, he was popularly known as Vajra Guru Rinpoche in Bhutan.

From the 6th incarnation of H.E. NamkaiNyingpo Rinpoche, he received empowerment and transmission of the Soeldep Leu Duenma. Rinpoche underwent strict meditation and retreat in many holy places such as Aja Ney in Mongar, KuenzangDrak in Bumthang Bodh Gaya, Saranath, Tsho Pema in India, during which period many signs of accomplishment were revealed. He founded first seat DrupchuGonpa in Drametse in eastern Bhutan. In the year 1970, the Trulku passed away into parinirvana in Kalimpong, India. This is but a brief summary and details will be recorded separately in his Biography.