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His Eminence Trizin Tsering Rimpoche of Bhutan

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Born in Khendaksa Goenpa, Bhutan, in 1955, His Eminence Trizin Tsering Rimpoche enters the Drukpa Kargyu monastery in Bhutan at a tender age of nine and studies under His Holiness Je Yishi Sengay of the Drukpa Kargyu lineage. Furthermore, His Eminence Trizin Rimpoche studies under five major masters from the Drukpa Kargyu, Nyingma, Dzokchen, Tekcho Tersar Treasures, Shangpa Kargyu and Karma Kargyud lineages: His Holiness Je Yishi Sengay in 1964; His Holiness the 16th Karmapa in 1969; His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche in 1974; His Holiness Dujum Rinpoche in 1975; His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche in 1982.

His Eminence Trizin Rimpoche completes several spiritual retreats and learns a number of teachings. In 1976, a one-year-long Wisdom Manjushri retreat followed by another four-month-long Padmasambhava retreat. After having outstandingly passed the Buddhist Philosophy examination, he begins his three-year-three-month-three-day-long retreat in late November 1982. In 1986, he learns the Six Yogas of Naropa and Niguma from his root guru, His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche, thus, becoming qualified to teach the practice of the Marpa Kagyu, the Shangpa Kagyud and the Nyingma Dzokchen lineage. He then receives transmissions and empowerments of the Rinchen Terzok (Over Thousands Traditional Treasures lineage of Main Point), Dujum Tersar (All Treasures), Buddha Shakyamuni Spiritual Kangyur (145 volumes) and Padmasambawa Spiritual Nyingma Gyubuum (100 volume sutras).

Having completed retreats and learning, His Eminence Trizin Rimpoche decides to spend life on spiritual practice in caves. However his root guru, His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche, counsels him otherwise, to share the benefits of Buddha's Dharma with all beings. Since 1990, His Eminence Trizin Rimpoche has actively propagated the timeless principles of Buddha Dharma to worldwide Buddhists (e.g. Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Canada, USA, Mexico, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore). Whatever offerings made to him are dedicated to Buddha's activities. As long as one is deeply devoted to Buddhas, even though the only precious offering that can be afforded is ordinary stones, His Eminence Trizin Rimpoche keeps them safe with him. When the time has come, the offered stones are subsequently placed into the construction of holy objects, such as monasteries, stupas and the Buddha statues.

His Eminence Trizin Rimpoche has been enthroned as the chairman of Menjong Choethuen Tshogpa and conferred the title His Eminence Trizin by His Holiness Trulku Jigme Choedra Rinpoche 70th Jekhenpo of Bhutan since June 2003. As the chairman of Menjong Choethuen Tshogpa and the founder of Buddha Dordenma Image Foundation, His Eminence Trizin Tsering Rimpoche aims to fulfill the three inseparable activities (body, speech, and mind) of Buddha in his lifetime. Body is through the building of Buddha images. Speech is through the printing of Kanjur collection sutra. Mind is through the building of Dharmakaya stupas.


BODY

One-thousand-armed Chenrezig Temple at Potala Lhakang, Tshanghka Trashiling, Trongsar District, Central Bhutan.

Interior of One-thousand-armed Chenrezig Temple Bhutan

Interior of One-thousand-armed Chenrezig Temple Bhutan

Interior of One-thousand-armed Chenrezig Temple Bhutan

Interior of One-thousand-armed Chenrezig Temple Bhutan

Interior of One-thousand-armed Chenrezig Temple Bhutan

2001: Building Kunphen Oesel Dzong monastery in East Bhutan

Kunphen Oesel Dzong monastery to accommodate 100 monks is built with the financial support from His Eminence Trizin Rimpoche and His Holiness 70th Jekhenpo of Bhutan. Located in East Bhutan, it is three-story tall and built in traditional style.

2003-2007: Building One-thousand-armed Chenrezig Temple in Central Bhutan

Based on the exact location pointed by Longchenpa (a Dzogchen master), His Eminence Trizin Rimpoche builds a Thousand-armed Chenrezig Temple at Potala Lhakang, Tshanghka Trashiling, Trongsar District, Central Bhutan. It costs around US$1M. The 31-foot-tall standing Chenrezig had been applied gold leaf by July 2007.

2004-Present: Buddha Dordenma Project in Thimphu, Bhutan

Following the terma of Guru Padmasambhava, His Eminence establishes the Buddha Dordenma Image Foundation for constructing a 62-meter-tall Buddha Shakyamuni (including throne) at Changri Kuensel Phodrang, Thimphu, Bhutan. Upon its completion, it will be a major pilgrimage center for worldwide Buddhists to converge, practice, meditate and hold spiritual retreats, serving primarily as a karma-restructuring means to all beings.


SPEECH

1995-2000: Translating Dharmakaya Stupa Scripture

Assisted by an American professor, Dr. Ives Waldo, His Eminence Trizin Rimpoche translates the Dharmakaya Stupa Scripture from the Gubta Nagara Dharma language to English. Published in 1998, as many as 2000 copies were shipped to Ohio, USA. Proceeds are allocated to build Dharmakaya stupa there.

1995-2004: Translating Mani Kabum Scripture

Mani Kabum Volume I & II expound on the prophecies and teachings of the Great Compassion Chenrezig (Guanyinpusa). Assisted by the same American professor, His Eminence Trizin Rimpoche also translates the Manikabum to English. The English Manikabum launched in Singapore in November 2007; proceeds are allocated to the Buddha Dordenma Image Foundation.

2003-Present: Sutra Reprinting Project

Being aware of the paramount importance of the Kangyur Sutra (consisting of the teachings of Theravada, Mahayana, & Vajrayana Buddhism), His Eminence Trizin Rimpoche has been actively seeking support to reprint it. In November 2003, a complete set of printing machines were shipped to Bhutan by a sponsor. Subsequently in April 2004, the Monastic Printing Press was inaugurated by His Holiness 70th Jekhenpo of Bhutan. By reprinting these holy scriptures, they are made available to all temples and monasteries in Bhutan for annual recitation, thus invoking blessing, healing, happiness and world peace.


MIND

1988: Building 110-foot-tall Dharmakaya Stupa in West Bengal

With the intention of benefiting beings that were inflicted in mass killings, His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche gives instructions to His Eminence Trizin Rimpoche to build a 110-foot-tall Dharmakaya stupa in West Bengal. The stupa takes one year to complete.

1990: Building Eight Holy Stupas of Buddha Shakyamuni

The eight Holy Stupas of Lord Buddha Shakyamuni are built by His Eminence along the Northen India border: the Siddharta Lotus Stupa, the Enlightenment Stupa, the Dharma Wheel Stupa, the Miracle Stupa, the Reconciliation Stupa, the God Realm Stupa, the Long-Life Blessing Stupa and the Nirvana Stupa. Approximately 500 smaller stupas are built in between these eight stupas.

2000: Building Dharmakaya Stupa in Ohio, USA

The proceeds of English Dharmakaya stupa scriptures are allocated to build a 19-foot-tall Dharmakaya stupa in Ohio, USA. As a manifestation of the Buddha's wisdom and compassion, the Dharmakaya stupa facilitates all beings to accumulate both virtues and wisdom for enlightenment.

2001: Building 108 Jangchub Chortens (stupa) in East Bhutan

His Eminence Trizin Rimpoche provides financial support to build 108 Jangchub Chortens in Autsho, Lhuentse, East Bhutan, paving the way for the fulfillment of prophecies by renowned Buddhist masters: Terton Dorje Lingpa, Terton Pema Lingpa, Terton Samten Lingpa, and Lam Sonam Zangpo. In the same year, he gives 84-Mahasiddhas empowerment, attended by hundreds of people in Bhutan.

2012-Present: Dorjeden Dharmakaya Stupa in Gelegphu, South Bhutan

Following the vision and instructions of His Holiness 70th Jekhenpo of Bhutan, His Eminence Trizin Rimpoche starts building a 301-foot-tall Dorjeden Dharmakaya stupa in Gelegphu, South Bhutan.

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