His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche
The 11th Throneholder of the Palyul Lineage of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, entered the final stage of meditation at 8:20 PM on Friday, March 27, 2009, at the Palyul Namdroling Monastery in Bylakuppe, South India.
His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche was born in 1932 in the Powo region of Kham, East Tibet. Khenpo Ngaga, the root guru of His Holiness’ predecessor, foresaw the exceptional destiny of the new incarnation and, in 1936, Penor Rinpoche was invited to the Palyul monastery where he took refuge with the great and learned Khenpo. In time, Pema Norbu Rinpoche would become the eleventh throne holder of the Palyul monastery with its more than four hundred branch monasteries. Pema Norbu Rinpoche studied with many lamas and, after escaping Tibet, moved to Mysore, South India. There he began pouring his energy and effort into creating a center where the Nyingma teachings and the Palyul tradition could be maintained unbroken, creating the largest Nyingma monastery (Namdroling Monastery) in the world. His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche is respected as one of the most accomplished meditation masters of our time and is considered one of the foremost masters of the Buddhist tradition of Tibet. Throughout the Buddhist community, he is respected for his vast knowledge and accomplishment, and for the integrity and strength with which he upholds the Buddhist teachings. Namdroling of Bozeman is under the guidance and direction of His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche.
Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche
The Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche was born in Tibet in 1924. He was discovered as a tulku, or consciously incarnated being, at the age of seven, and was reinstated as Dhomang Tulku at that time. With the Communist invasion of Tibet in 1959, Tulku Natsog (Rinpoche’s root guru) instructed Rinpoche to leave Tibet and told him that he would go to a far away, northern country where sentient beings had no spiritual refuge or protection. Here and in other places outside of Tibet, he would benefit many beings. Rinpoche made a remarkable journey to India where he taught for several years. His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche requested that he come to the West to teach in 1972. Gyatrul Rinpoche has founded many Dharma Centers in the U.S. and established Namdroling, in Bozeman, Montana in 1996. Rinpoche teaches Tibetan Buddhism in a way that can be understood and accepted by all. He is a master at providing what is necessary for the student to learn in the moment and is a refuge of sanity,compassion and humor in an unsettled world.
Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche
KhenchenTsewang Gyatso Rinpoche was born in 1954 in a village near Lhakhang Dzong in the southern region of Tibet bordering Bhutan. He took the robes of a monk and received the vows of a novice at the age of ten. Khenchen Rinpoche excelled in his studies, and, in 1978, he graduated with the degree of Acharya, ranking first overall among the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. His Holiness the Dalai Lama honored his achievement with the award of a silver medal. In 1983, he was enthroned as a khenpo (that is, a professor of Buddhist studies) by His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche. Khenchen Rinpoche has received all the major lineage empowerments and transmissions of the Nyingmapa school. He has done intensive Dzogchen practice under the guidance of His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche and other eminent masters. His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche has authorized him to represent the monastery and to teach, confer empowerments, and give personal instruction in Buddhist practice. Khenchen Rinpoche speaks fluent English, has a quick sense of humor and a deep insight into the western mind.
Khenpo Tenzin Norgay was born in the Tashigang District of Bhutan in 1965. After completing Jigme Sherubling High School in 1986, he joined Ngagyur Nyingma Institute, the prestigious Buddhist studies and research center, at Namdroling Monastery in Mysore. At the Institute he studied under Khenchen Pema Sherab, Khenpo Namdrol Tsering and Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso and other visiting professors, including Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok and Khenpo Pema Tsewang from Tibet.
He completed the Shedra program at the Institute in 1995 and joined the Institute staff, teaching there for three years. He was formally enthroned as Khenpo by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche in 1998 and was assigned by His Holiness to teach at the Buddhist college at Palyul monastery in Tibet.
He has received all the major empowerments of the Rinchen Terzod, Nam Cho, Nyingthik Yabshi and Nyingma Kama from His Holiness Penor Rinpoche as well as the Mipham Kabum from His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
Because of his knowledge and experience, and fluent command of the English language, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche has assigned him to teach students in the United States in conjunction with the ongoing teaching programs offered by Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche.