Khenpo Geshe Rinchen Tenzin Rinpoche
The Venerable Khenpo Geshe Rinchen Tenzin Rinpoche was born in Pula village, Nagchu Drachen province, Kham region of Eastern Tibet.
He comes from Kyungpo yogi family where inner and secret Tantra initiations, transmissions called “lung”, Commentaries and secret instructions as well as first-hand Martri teachings of Great Perfection have been passed down through generations. His family has been preserving the ancient lineage of initiations and “lung” transmissions; they have been passing on the Nine Yidam Deities “Bka’chen sde dgu” tradition. This family keeps the practice of mantra recital retreats and Yidam retreats and preserve the Tantra and Dzogchen lineages.
Rinchen Tenzin was born on the 15th day of 11th Tibetan month in 1969. His father’s name was Kyungpo Khakyaba and his mother’s name was Rakza Vipal. He was their first son and was assumed to be the keeper of the lineage. They named him Tsewang Thogme, which means “Lord of Life Whose Path Is Unobstructed”.
Rinchen Tenzin’s native region of Kham is one of the few places in Tibet where traditions of Tibetan teachings were preserved despite the China’s aggression. His early years passed in conflict-stricken Tibet where China attempted to destroy Tibet’s spiritual and cultural heritage. Monks as well as laymen observing spiritual practices seeked refuge in the mountains, trying to escape from “the cultural revolution”. They have not only preserved the lineage of transmission but also progressed in their practice due to being isolated, even though this hermitage was involuntary.
In his early years his main teachers were his grandfather yogi Sonam Tenzin and his uncle, yogi and famous doctor Yundrung Donsela. Their house was always full of people who came to seek help and healing of their physical and mental diseases. Throughout all his early years young Rinchen Tenzin was absorbing the practical knowledge of the Tibetan medicine.