A Short Biography of Kyabje Dungse
Thinley Norbu Rinpoche (1931 – 2011)
Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche was born in 1931. His father was the renowned Nyingma Buddhist master Dudjom Jigdral Yeshe Dorje, and his mother was Kusho Tseten Yudron. In his youth in Tibet he studied for 9 years at Mindrolling Monastery, one of the six major monasteries of the Nyingma school in Tibet, and received many teachings from many great saints throughout the region, besides his own father. In the mid 1950s Rinpoche left Tibet at the onset of the Chinese cultural revolution. Having fled his homeland, he spent some time in Bhutan, where his sons were born. He was the chief architect of the Thimphu Memorial Chorten, which he built in 1974, under the guidance of his father, to honour the memory of the third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1928–72). In the late 1980s and early 1990s Thinley Norbu Rinpoche was seeking out a quiet place for practice in the countryside of the east coast of the United States after spending a number of years in New York City. After a long search, in 1991, under some auspicious circumstances, Rinpoche chose some land in the rolling hills of upstate New York and named it Kunzang Gatshal, Always Noble Joyful Park. For the next twenty years, Kunzang Gatshal served as Rinpoche’s primary residence and focal point of Dharma activity. Rinpoche gave immeasurable teachings to disciples on this land, which was also visited by other great Rinpoches including Kyabje Penor Rinpoche, Kyabje Dodrup Rinpoche, and many more. In the mid-nineties, Rinpoche built a temple on the land, personally directing all aspects of the construction and design until every statue and offering had been set. At around the same time, Rinpoche started a school for young children to learn pure Dharma tradition and practice, White Lotus School, which Rinpoche looked after with particular care. Rinpoche died away in California on December 26, 2011, according to the Tibetan Lunar Calendar: the 2rd day of the 11th month of the Iron Rabbit year. Since then Kunzang Gatshal has been guided by Rinpoche’s sons, Dungse Garab Rinpoche, Dungse Jampal Rinpoche, & Rinpoche’s other family members and senior disciples, and others.
The Yangsi of Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche
Dungse Gyana Ta ( Jigme Pema Woesel) Rinpoche was born on Jan. 7, 2012 to H.H. Dungse Garab Rinpoche and Khandro Rinchen Paldon. Dungse GyanaTa Rinpoche’s elder sister is Semo Shunia Ta.
Dungse Gyana Ta Rinpoche was recognized by H.H. Dodrupchhen Rinpoche as the reincarnation of Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche.
The enthronement ceremony was taken place at the Kudung chhoeten of Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche in Dagophu, Paro, Bhutan.
H.H. Muksang Kuchhen Rinpoche, H.H. Kathok Situ Rinpoche, H.H. Chhoeling Rinpoche and Dan-mo Rinpoche, Venerable representative of Dodrupchhen Rinpoche, Venerable representative of Mindrolling Monastery were present during enthronement ceremony.