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Biography of Chimi Dorjee Rinpoche


chime-rpcThe present Chimi Dorjee Rinpoche was born in India in 1984, the Wood Rat year, with many auspicious signs occurring at the time of his birth. He was recognized by H.H the 37th Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche and was officially enthroned in the year 1992 at Jangchubling Monastery as the reincarnation of Siddha Gar Chimi Dorjee who was a great practitioner and an embodiment of the Avalokiteshvara (the Buddha of Compassion).

After the accomplishment of his practice, he went on to conduct many Retreats on the 100 Million Mani Mantra (Mani-Dung-Drub) recitation for the people, demonstrating his loving kindness and compassion towards the welfare of all sentient beings.

After his parinirvana, through his great aspiration, he again took rebirth as Chimi Dorjee in India. His mother is Kunsang Choedon and his father is Jamyang Dakpa. Chimi Dorjee Rinpoche completed his basic monastic education from the Jangchubling Monastery, Dehra Dun, India. Rinpoche received the entire set of empowerments, oral transmission and instruction of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage from H.H Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, H.H Drikung Kyabgon Chungsang Rinpoche, H.E Garchen Rinpoche as well as from many other eminent Rinpoches of Drikung Kagyu Lineage.

He also visited Gar Monastery in Kham, Tibet and studied at the Buddhist Institution, Larong Serta Narig. He returned to India and joined the Zongsar College and studied there for many years. Now Rinpoche has successfully completed the Preliminary Practices of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism under the close guidance of H.H Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche.

Chimi Dorjee Rinpoche has studied extensively and has great interest and aspiration for meditation retreat, continuously applying what he has learnt to his meditation practice. Growing up in this modern era, he expresses openness and interest towards the problems faced by modern day practitioners. This, together with his kind and gentle heart as well as his sharp intelligence, makes him an exceptionally gifted teacher for the modern world.


A Biography of Dorzin Dhondrup Rinpoche



Ven. Dorzin Dhondrup Rinpoche was born in 1969 at Drojug Village in Kham/Nangchen in Tibet. As a young boy he learned how to read and write the Tibetan language in elementary school.


He first met his root guru H.E. Garchen Rinpoche in 1984, whereupon he took refuge under His Eminence. He then entered the life of monastic discipline as a monk at Gar Monastery. At the monastery, he trained in all the liturgical recitations including all aspects of ritual practice. He received monastic ordination from Most Ven. Gar Mingyur Rinpoche who also granted him all empowerments, instructions and transmissions of the Drikung Dzogchen Yangzab Cycle.


Thereafter, he completed the Yangzab preliminary practices in closed retreat. Furthermore, he received Tregcho Dzogchen teaching from Khenpo Munsel Rinpoche. From his root guru, H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, he received the empowerments, instructions and transmissions of the preliminaries to the Five-Fold Path of Mahamudra, all subsequent stages of the Five-Fold Path, Mahamudra, Dzogchen, and the Six Yogas of Naropa. Following these instructions, he practiced them in retreat over the course of several years. In addition, he received the empowerments, instructions and transmissions of Phowa – the Transference of Consciousness, Yamantaka, Vajrakilaya, the Kagye Deities, Chakrasamvara, Vajrayogini, and many other classes of Tantra, as well as the protectors according to the Drikung Kagyu tradition such as Mahakala and Achi Chokyi Drolma.


From Khenchen Tenzin Sangpo he received extensive commentary on the Bodhicharyavatara, the 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas, the Nyingma Domsum Namye, and Phowa. During his stay at the monastery, he has completed several retreats on the nature of mind.


In 1994, he arrived in Dehra Dun, India, where he joined the Drikung Kagyu Institute Jangchubling Shedra, where he studied for six years receiving instructions on the Five Major Volumes of Philosophical Texts and Gampopa’s Jewel Ornament of Liberation from Khenpo Togdröl and Khenpo Tashi. From Khenchen Könchok Gyaltsen Rinpoche he received instructions on the major scriptures such as the Gongchik, the Essence of Mahayana, the Uttaratantra, and the Seven Verses of Supplication to Tara.


H.H. Chetsang Rinpoche had imparted on him various empowerments, transmissions and instructions, and in particular, instructions on the great collected works of Lord Jigten Sumgön and the past Kagyü masters, as well as the Five-Fold Path of Mahamudra and the Yidam Chakrasamvara. Thereupon, he completed the Five-Fold Path of Mahamudra starting with the preliminaries all the way through Chakrasamvara including the fire puja. In addition, he received transmissions and instructions on the complete Indian texts of Mahamudra, the three Cycles of Luminosity – Mahamudra instructions by Dagpo Tashi Namgyal, the Six Yogas of Naropa, and extensive commentaries and transmissions on Phowa.


From Kyabje Trülshig Rinpoche he received empowerment and transmission of the complete Treasury of Pith Instructions (Damngag Dzo). He received various empowerments and transmissions from Chöje Togden Rinpoche. From Drubwang Konchog Norbu Rinpoche, he received instructions on Mahamudra and the Mani (Chenrezig) practice. From Ayang Rinpoche he received instructions on Phowa and together with him engaged in a Phowa retreat in Bodhgaya. He also received various empowerments, transmissions and instructions from the great non-sectarian senior Lamas in India. He concluded his stay in India with a pilgrimage to the most holy Buddhist places in India and Nepal.


In June 2006, following the instruction of H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, he arrived in Singapore to support His Eminence in the foundation of the Drigar Thubten Dargye Ling Centre, which was officially founded in 2007. In 2008, H.H Chetsang Rinpoche appointed him with the title Dorzin (Vajra Master). Thereafter, in June 2008, H.E. Garchen Rinpoche performed the enthronement ceremony to recognize him as Dorzin. Ever since, he has served Drigar Thubten Dargye Ling as the resident Lama by offering personal counsel and public Dharma teachings to the students in Singapore. In 2011, he took on the responsibility of Gar Relief, a project that offers charitable support to the poor in Kham, Nangchen. According to H.E. Garchen Rinpoche’s instructions, he nowadays also travels to teach throughout the United States and Europe.


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