Khedrup Rinpoche

His Eminence Khedrupchen Rinpoche Ugyen Tenzin Thinley Lhendup (also referred to as Khedrupchen Rinpoche) was recognized and enthroned as the Fifth successive reincarnation of Kyabgon Khedrupchen Jigme Kundrol who was an illustrious heart son of Rigzin Jigme Lingpa.

H.E. graduated from Ngagyur Nyingma College, Dehradun, India in 2014. Even before the completion of his studies, the Rephel Mindrol Monastery in Trongsa was offered to him by the local community. Since then Rinpoche has been taking full responsibility of the monastery and renamed it Sangchen Ogyen Tsuklag Monastery, recognizing its historical importance which was linked to many former incarnations of Khedrupchen Rinpoche. He has been working tirelessly to uphold this historical monastery founded by Monmo Tashi Khyidren (the Bhutanese Consort of Guru Rinpoche) around 1200 years ago which is now home to 25 monks who are mostly orphans and either physically and/or mentally challenged.

Today, Khedrupchen Rinpoche has followers and students from all over the world and teaches on Buddhist philosophies and meditation techniques among other topics in Bhutan and abroad. With his vision to make Buddhist teachings accessible to any one who seeks it whether lay men or monk; combining teachings (where one learns) and retreats (where one puts the teachings into practice), Rinpoche has a vast array of projects under the umbrella of Khedrup Foundation, a Religious Organization which envisions and works to benefit the Buddha Dharma and all sentient beings at large.

Recently, Khedrupchen Rinpoche has taught on a varying range of topics mostly relevant to the modern world and how Buddhism and its values can be used as a tool to overcome the challenges brought on by our daily lives with the ultimate goal to achieve lasting peace and happiness.

  • i. Khedrupchen Rinpoche has been volunteering as Teaching Faculty in Nyagyur Nyingma College in Dehradhun India since 2016 where he completed his Masters education.
  • ii. Xiamen University in Fujian China in July 2017 – Vajrachadikha/ Diamond Sutra
  • iii. Mountain Echoes in Bhutan in August 2017 – Mindfulness Meditation
  • iv. San Miguel, Mexico in March 2018 – Buddhist Teachings as a Foundation of Happiness
  • v. The Quantum Academy in Singapore in August 2018 - Meditation & Innovation & How to Implement them in the Modern World.
  • vi. California Institute of Integral Studies December 2018– Buddhist Practice in Cosmological Development
  • vii. Stanford University in December 2018 – Mindfulness Meditation
  • viii. Berkeley Dzogchen Centre in December 2018 – Emptiness Meditation
  • ix. Global Purpose Summit in December 2018 in San Francisco – The One Day Practice
  • ix. Global Purpose Summit in December 2018 in San Francisco – The One Day Practice

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Meet His Eminence Khedrupchen Rinpoche, a fifth reincarnate and head of Sangchen Ogyen Tsuklag Monastery in Trongsa, who assumed responsibility for the temple at 19, and at 30 travels the world imparting Buddhist principles and how they can be applied to everyday living. Barely a week out of his meditation retreat, he shared with us his thoughts on how to navigate our lives and travels mindfully and peacefully.

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The Fifth Reincarnate and head of the Sangchen Ogyen Tsuklag Monastery in Trongsa, Bhutan, Rinpoche knows all about the pursuit of happiness. Ascending to his position at the age of 19 in 2009, he was one of the youngest ever Rinpoches (spiritual master) in Bhutan at the time. Now 31, he has dedicated the last 12 years of his life to teaching the world about Buddhist principles and how they can be applied to make life happier every day, regardless of one's culture or religion.

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Khedrup Rinpoche talked about Vajrayana Buddhism in Bhutan on October 3, 2022

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