Lingtrul Rinpoche

Lingtrul Rinpoche is our main teacher and the founder of this Kathok Center.

A Brief Biography of H.E. Ven. Lingtrul Kadak Chöying Dorje (Lingtrul Rinpoche)

Lingtrul Rinpoche was recognised from the age of three, by H.H. Kathok Chatsa Rinpoche as the reincarnation of Ling Lama Chökyi Dorje, (the founder of Tra Ling monastery) and thus is an emanation of Longchenpa. He is the 8th throneholder of Tra Ling, Golok.

He was born in Amdo-Golok in 1955 to a humble nomad  family. Due to conditions at the time his identity was kept secret.

As a young tulku, Lingtrul Rinpoche was forced to work in labor camps and hide any sign of interest in Buddhism. In 1983 there were more enlightened policies and the restrictions on religious practice were lifted. Finally, Rinpoche was able to return to his own monastary and was officially enthroned. He continuously studied with his tutor and other great teachers with great diligence. Later on he went to meet with his root teacher, the great Khenpo Münsel to receive Dzonchen instructions.

The lineage of the Clear Light Great Perfection teachings began with the Primordial Buddha and was passed gradually from teacher to disciple, through Khenpo Münsel  to Lingtrul Rinpoche. As one of Khenpo Münsel’s closest heart sons, Lingtrul Rinpoche received all the transmissions of the Clear Light Great Perfection over a period of 3-4 years. In retreat he practiced all the development stages of the Vajrayana from the preliminary practices through Trekchöd and Todgyal. He also received all of the Longchen Nyingthig transmissions as well as many other empowerments.

At the age of 37, Lingtrul Rinpoche journeyed to central Tibet, Nepal and India to visit the great power spots in these holy lands. While in Sikkim he also met with H.H. Dodrubchen Rinpoche and received many sacred teachings. Shortly thereafter he was invited to the United States.

Lingtrul Rinpoche travels world wide to the many places where he is invited: Tra Ling Monastery in Golok,  Orgen Dorje Den in Oakland, California, Tashi Choling, in Ashland, Oregon and throughout the USA, Brazil,  Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and his Kathok Centre here in Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada.